'Wizard' triumphs

Trainer Shafiq Khan's less-fancied runner, Pinball Wizard, won the 1,100m Nationalistic Cup, on Saturday, the penultimate fixture of the winter season.

By Star racer in Calcutta
  • Published 29.03.15
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Calcutta: Trainer Shafiq Khan's less-fancied runner, Pinball Wizard, won the 1,100m Nationalistic Cup, on Saturday, the penultimate fixture of the winter season.

Ridden by Christopher Alford, the four-year-old colt, won far more easily than what the official verdict of half-a-length indicates. Inside the last furlong, Alford, in fact, was seen toying with trainer Arti Doctor's 8-10 hot favourite, Climber, who was on a start-to-finish mission.

The afternoon also witnessed, the send off of the champion galloper, Dandified, who was given a Lap of Honour. The seven-year-old horse, by Rebuttal out of Dandoona, finds a new home in Dashmesh Stud Farm.

RESULTS

1. President's Putter Handicap: Adanna (Shailesh) 1, Alicante 2, Casper The Ghost 3. Win Rs 56; (P) 30, 24; (Q) 88; Shp: 34; (T) 299. Fav: Leandro. Winner trained by Vijay.

2. Matchlock Handicap: Comedian (Kiran) 1, Highly Explosive 2, Carnival Point 3. Win Rs 24; (P) 15, 14; (Q) 34; Shp: 29; (T) 116. Fav: Comedian. Winner trained by R. Alford.

3. Exclusive Virtue Handicap: Sreeyantra (Mu-nna) 1, Land Of Glory 2, Kaartiken 3. Win Rs 89; (P) 16, 20, 11; (Q) 171; Shp: 46; (T) 893. Fav: Kaartiken. Winner trained by Karki.

4. Brogue Handicap: Jamaican (Trevor) 1, Drummer's Qualms 2, Jassi's Star 3. NR: Massachusettes. Win Rs 16; (P) 10, 38; (Q) 46; Shp: 69; (T) 70. Fav: Jamaican.Winner trained by Bharath.

5. Abs Fabs Handicap: Cohiba (Trevor) 1, Torino 2, Scuderia 3. Win Rs 32; (P) 14, 18; (Q) 38; Shp: 29; (T) 480. Fav: Lanner Falcon. Winner trained by Manvendra.

6. Nationalistic Cup: Pinball Wizard (C. Alford) 1, Climber 2, Goliath 3. NR: Clear Opportunity. Win Rs 42; (P) 15, 13, 44; (Q) 27; Shp: 39; (T) 654. Fav: Climber.Winner trained by Shafiq. 7. Soultline Plate: Isle Of Avalon (Sandeep) 1, Rani Thea 2, Real Presence 3. Win Rs 44; (P) 14, 136, 21; (Q) 2,018; Shp: 515; (T) 13,500. Fav: Real Presence. Winner trained by Bhungard.

Jackpot: Rs 4,271; (C) Rs 276. Treble: (i) Rs 268; (ii) Rs 455.

MUMBAI SELECTIONS

2.45pm: Blackbean 1. Pure Bliss 2. Earth Quake 3. 3.15pm: Ukulele 1. Star Prince 2. Administrate 3. 3.45 pm: Rule Downunder 1. Congressional 2. 4.15pm: Night Of Stars 1. Bold Appeal 2. 4.45pm: Troppa Bella 1. Act Of Valour 2. Sunshine Heart 3. 5.15pm: Alain-dair 1. Sno-wdrift 2. 5.45 pm: Rapid Girl 1. Staying Alive 2. Magic Vision 3. 6.15pm: Zurich 1. Advance To Contact 2. Melinda 3.

Day's Best: Alaindair Doube: Rule Downunder & Zurich.