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By Ikram Khan
Sunday 01 Jul 2018
Trainer S Narredu leading Tutankhamun (Suraj Narredu Up), winner of The Chief Minister's Cup (Gr.3)

Many left Tutankhamun out of their calculations after his dismal effort on the opening day of the season and pitched for Lincoln on the two counts, that he possessed the speed to win the Chief Minister’s Cup run over a sprint and in his last essay was only beaten by double classic winner Castlebridge, while he beat the rest by more than five lengths. Well it didn’t pan out the way most followers of form would have loved to see. The on-money favourite Lincoln packed up even before the race came on a boil and Tutankhamun it was who shot through to score from Captain Courage who was piloted injudiciously by Zervan. After choosing to grace the wrong end of the field for most part of the six furlongs trip, Zervan swung Captain Courage wide on the outside and though the `Captain’ did extremely well to close in on the winner, it was clear that Zervan had lost the plot right from the start in  this plum event.

Suraj Narredu, who produced a copybook race on Tutankhamun earlier guided home the public rage Teodoro in the Rare Gem Trophy run over a sprint. Teodoro who was fancied most to shed his maiden status on the strength of his impressive showing in his last essay cantered home in the absence of Kashkha who had impressed most in the morning trials and her connections were positive that the colt would make a winning debut.

Later Suraj completed a treble driving home Super Smart to victory in the D M Shivaswamy Memorial Cup run over a mile. Surprisingly Star Cracker gained maximum support in the event despite the fact that the five-year-old was making his maiden start this season and had recently joined a new yard. This apart Star Cracker lacks consistency. He is known to perform like a good horse on one day and come home like a dud the next day. Well he looked like a good horse all through the backstretch before he went out of gas in the straight. Super Smart assumed command at the distance post and then held on gamely to score from I’ve Got Clout and Zephir who too had a fair share of supporters.

Trainer Prasanna Kumar who is enjoying a good run, a fine winter followed by a good summer recorded a double through the two overwhelming favourites Huemac who proved too good in the Bhishma Plate run over a sprint and Auric Force who had no opposition worthy of mention in the Adler Plate.  Apprentice jockey Anthony Raj after failing to gain a favourable position early on in the race gained a opening on the rails and that was all Huemac needed to stamp his authority. Auric Force provided B Harish an arm-chair ride powering through to snuff out the pillar to post attempt of the speedy Flicka.

The opening event, the lower division of the Malenahalli Plate produced a shock result, Gumption fron Neil Devaney’s yard coming up trumps in the hands of apprentice P Koushik. Rocket Punch gained the runner-up berth ahead of Shivalik Boy while the favourite Santa Fe finished a poor fourth.

In the upper division  of the event, the topweighted Incitatus who had caught the eye while finishing a suggestive fourth in the higher class and Aqua Blessing garnered the maxim support. The former to the delight of the Prithviraj camp gained the day despite apprentice Md.Akram swinging him wide at the top of the straight and that effectively meant that Incitatus needed to travel that extra but the winner bravely did it to justify the confidence of his supporters. Cashmere finished second ahead of Aqua Blessing while High Hawk managed to make it in the frame.