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PUNTERS LOSE OUT BIG ON PENULTIMATE DAY
BANGALORE
By Ikram Khan
Thursday 09 Aug 2018
Trainer G Sandhu leading Lassilo (Antony Raj S Up), winner of The Commanche Plate

The followers of form lost out big on the penultimate day of the summer season, only two favourites coming through in the seven-event card. The Gregory Sandhu-trained Lassilo won the opening event, the Commanche Plate in the hands of apprentice Antony Raj, who back after recording a treble at Mysore rode a copybook race on the well backed winner. The topweighted Revan Star and Lassilo opened joint favourites at (3/1) in the betting ring before the Sandhu camp went bang-bang and Lassilo was soon the overwhelming favourite and the Sandhu ward readily justified the confidence of his supporters romping home without unduly being extended from Revan Star and Securing Smiles. 

The second public choice to score was the Irfan Ghatala-trained Teodoro who proved too good in the hands of leading pro Zervan in the B Puttanna Memorial Trophy run over a distance of seven furlongs. The winner after assuming command at the top of the straight donkey-licked his 11 rivals while recording his second straight success. Teodoro is in great heart and will complete a hat-trick of wins when saddled next in the forthcoming Mysore season. Triggar finished second  ahead of Lightning Attack while the moody Auric Force performed below par to finish fourth.

The five to one shot Radiant Treasure won the Star Contender Plate in a thriller from the hot favourite Spirit Bruce. The favourite from trainer Prithviraj's yard was ineptly piloted by jockey Sai Kiran and this provided  Yash Narredu astride Radiant Treasure the big chance to edge out the public choice to the delight of the Satish Narredu camp. The topweighted Black Whizz finished third ahead of Proudprince who appears to have improved and is one for the notebook. 

The Sandhu schooled Helenka on the strength of her impressive showing in the two earlier starts, first  winning by more than 10 lengths and next running Malawi close was fancied most in the upper division of the Angel Dust Trophy run over 1100M. But the favourite after being favourably placed at  the top of the straight surprisingly failed to make a race of it and eventually finished in the ruck much to the chagrin of the railbirds. The speedy Bora Bora from trainer Britto's yard made every post a winning one in the hands of Trevor Patel. Tarini finished a game second ahead of the grey Siyouni while Emidio took the fourth spot. 

The lower division of the event produced a shock result, rankoutsider Beond Reach from trainer Appu's yard producing a stunning gallop in the hands of apprentice M Naveen to flash past the post first ahead of the favourite San Bernardino and Panama, the two contestants who garnered the maximum support in this event. Prince Azeem who at one stage looked good to score failed to quicken at  the all-important end and had to rest content with the fourth spot.

After the on-money favourite Helenka bit the dust, it was the turn of Subah Ka Tara from trainer Samar Singh's yard to fall. The even-money favourite after tracking the front leader Tamara for most part of the journey failed to get past the ten to one shot who kicked on in the end to help provide trainer Britto a profitable double. The Delhi-based  apprentice Mohd. Asif Khan who partnered Tamara appears to have gained in confidence and this lad is certain to make mark in the years ahead. 

The Inayathulla schooled Raw Gold who has been knocking on the doors finally entered the winners' circle coming up tops in the Tudor Jet Plate run over a sprint. Apprentice Chetan Gowda in a no whips event piloted the winner in determined fashion sticking to his task despite the fact Daisy Duke had stormed clear and looked a winner approaching the distance post. Daisy Duke who had established a good lead in the final furlong suddenly lost pace and at this juncture Raw Gold took charge and held on gamely to score from the second in demand at the betting ring Bellerophon while Land Of Liberty who also had a fair share of supporters was never in the hunt.