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CORFE CASTLE SCORES IMPRESSIVE VICTORY
HYDERABAD
By Mahendra Mallya
Monday 06 Aug 2018
Trainer L D Silva leading Corfe Castle (P Trevor Up), winner of The K Mahipathi Rao Memorial Golconda Juvenile Million (Gr.3)

L D’Silva trained Corfe Castle (Excellent Art – Miss Danehill) put her Bengaluru defeat behind and produced the scorching gallop he is known for to win the K Mahipathi Rao Memorial Golconda Juvenile Million in great style. Jockey P Trevor showed no haste and settled down calmly in the rear even as the others made a forward charge at the start.

Catalonia dictated the pace until the half way stage where from Barnabas took over to lead them into the straight. Catalonia wrest back the initiative once into the homestretch and led until Corfe Castle switched lanes and produced his burst of speed. He surged past Catalonia in a trice and won drawing away by a healthy margin to complete outclass the opposition. Catalonia finished a length ahead of Super Dart to claim the runner up berth.

Trainer K Satheesh sent out a lucrative treble capping his day with a thrilling victory of his ward Magical Skill (Ontario – Lenwade) to bag the Stewards Cup.

Magical Skill was settled in the mid-bunch in sixth spot as Superinto led them into the straight. Superinto was soon accounted for by George Cross with a furlong to go and just when it looked like George Cross had enough legs to stay in the lead, Magical Skill got going and covered ground briskly. Ashwa Ashoka too was hard ridden to stake a claim and Scooby Dooby Doo also working hard to catch up. In the end. Magical Skill in the hands of jockey Boppanna edged out the fast finishing Ashwa Ashoka and favourite George Cross in an exciting finish.  

Magical Skill’s victory was the third in a row for trainer K Satheesh who had saddled Mark My Word and Star Gazer in the preceding two races.

Mark My Word (Net Whizz – Theworldismystage) took off in the straight after following Darshish alongside Promiseofhappiness and built up a handy lead. Favourite Bradfield College moved up from the fourth position and by the time he got a clear opening, Mark My Word was well ahead. Jockey Nakhat Singh rode out Mark My Word to steer clear and win by a couple of lengths. Bradfield College ended up chasing the winner. Hailstorm saved the place money.

Star Gazer (Excellent Art – Awarding) with Nakhat Singh on board pulled off a closely fought victory dishing out an agonizingly close defeat to favourite Dunkirk. News O’ Star led th field in the homestretch and fought his way until Star Gazer got the better of her. Dunkirk took a stride or two to get going at his best and that cost him severely. Star Gazer was ridden all out and Dunkirk started to inch closer in the final 100m meters. However, Star Gazer kicked on relentlessly to stay ahead by a short-head at the wire. News O’ Star held on to the third spot.

Rapid Fire (Sussex – Surya Lakhsmi) won the opening race with a fir measure of comfort. The Sequeira trained gelding settled in third behind Loch Stella and Long Range until they turned for home.

Into the straight Lock Stella started to weaken as Long Range joined her on the outside. However, before Long Range could take charge, Rapid Fire sailed ahead with a good burst of speed and galloped away leaving no chance for the rest. Rapid Fire, with Akshay Kumar in the saddle, throttled away to score by close to six lengths, City of Akira did well to come from a long way back and edge out Long Range for the runner-up berth.

Buddy Brothers (Mull of Kintyre – Just Julie) had to fight all the way into the stewards room to etch out victory. The horses spread out on entering the homestretch and Buddy Brothers had to make his way out of the pack. By then Maahismathi had taken charge briefly and Own Battle was making his run just ahead of Buddy Brothers who skirted around Own Battle to make his bid.

Own Battle shifted out and took Buddy Brothers with him as they both pitched a hard battle for the lead. Own battle held on narrowly to cliam victory on the turf, however, jockey N Rawal was convinced he would have won the race had not Own Battle taken Buddy Brothers out.

Rawal duly lodged an objection which the stewards considered and after viewing the video and interviewing the jockeys, ruled that the objection be upheld, thereby awarding the verdict in Buddy Brothers’ favour.

Trainer K Sateesh missed out on the fourth win, yet had a superlative day scoring a treble. Jockey Nakhat Singh chipped in with a double.