• Ruffina wins The Sprinters Cup (Gr.1)
  • Azzurro wins The Dr M A M Ramaswamy Stayers Cup (Gr.1)
  • Whomakestherules wins The Maj P K Mehra Memorial Super Mile Cup (Gr.1)
  • Kangra wins The Indian Turf Invitation Cup (Gr.1) in record timing
Fortune Express has youth and vigour in his favour
By Racing Correspondent
kolkata
01/13/2018

The lull after the Derby last Sunday will be broken by a well-packed nine-event card on Saturday which is studded with trophies. Holding centre-stage is the Calcutta Champions Sprint Trophy with five quality sprinters who are all rated well above 100. However, the one that appeals the most is the colt with the least rating of 92 – Fortune Express. The reason that the Manvendra Singh ward is expected to pull it off is because the improving speedster has youth in his favour and finished a reasonable fifth in Class I company. Moreover, he is receiving weight from his more illustrious and experienced rivals.

While some of the races are sponsored by renowned two-wheeler companies, two of the day’s  events are for the benefit of the armed forces. The Lt General Jameel Mahmood Memorial Cup looks wide open. At least six of the 14 runners seem quite capable of landing the spoils, but the one that appeals the most is top-weight Friendship from Arti Doctor’s stable who seems quite comfortable over a mile and will have the services of able apprentice RS Bhati.

Race 1
1. SECRET BUILDER (4)
IMRAN CHISTY
2. AQUATICAA (11)
RYAN MARSHALL
3. QUEEN'S KITTEN (1)
NIKHIL NAIDU
Race 2
1. MAJOR COLOURS (12)
P VIKRAM
2. EVERGLOW (10)
A ASHHAD ASBAR
3. SHAPE THE SCAPE (7)
C ALFORD
Race 3
1. ARTIFICIAL (2)
RUPAL SINGH
2. LUCKY STREAK (13)
A ASHHAD ASBAR
3. I ME N MYSELF (6)
IMRAN CHISTY
Race 4
1. STELLANOVA (4)
C ALFORD
2. SWEET MUSIC (3)
R S BHATI
3. EL CID (8)
JUGNU GURUNG
Race 5
1. FRIENDSHIP (1)
R S BHATI
2. FIORELLE (12)
SHEZAD KHAN
3. ARCHIVOLT (8)
C ALFORD
Race 6
1. MILLENIUM GLORY (12)
P VIKRAM
2. LEOPARD CREEK (6)
DASHRATH SINGH
3. GRYFFINDOR (10)
C ALFORD
Race 7
1. FORTUNE EXPRESS (5)
HINDU SINGH
2. MULTITUDE (2)
DASHRATH SINGH
3. EVESHAM (3)
C ALFORD
Race 8
1. KEFIRA (8)
MOHIT SINGH
2. ROMANOFF (5)
HINDU SINGH
3. AIYANA (6)
ANIL BAANDAL
Race 9
1. POLLYANA (12)
P VIKRAM
2. LEVANTE (11)
DASHRATH SINGH
3. NAUMEE (7)
C ALFORD
Day's Best : FRIENDSHIP - Race No : 5 (1)