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Corfe Castle takes the Golconda 2000 Guineas

HONOURING THE BEST: L. D’Silva, left, the trainer of Corfe Castle which won the Golconda 2000 Guineas, along with jockey Akshay Kumar and co-owner M. Ramakrishna Reddy pose with the trophies after receiving it from HRC chairman R Surender Reddy.  

Corfe Castle (Akshay Kumar astride) claimed the Golconda 2000 Guineas, the star attraction of the races here on Monday (Dec. 17). The winner is the property of M/s. M. Ramakrishna Reddy, Tinder Singh Ahluwalia & M/s. Poonawalla Racing & Breeding Pvt. Ltd. rep. by Mr. Zavareh S. Poonawalla & Ms. Simone Zavareh Poonawalla and trained by L. D’Silva.

Corfe Castle, steered confidently by Akshay Kumar, was lying sixth till the final bend when it apparently bumped into Indian Pharaoh (David Allan). The latter’s objection that it impeded his chances was overruled. Corfe Castle then came onto his own in the straight to take the honours comfortably.

It was a good day for Akshay Kumar as he rode three more winners, while trainer Deshmukh saddled three horses to victory.

1. TRIBUTE PLATE (1,200m), (Cat. II), maiden 2-y-o only (Terms): LIBERATE (Suraj Narredu) 1, Born Greek (Ajit Singh) 2, Monte Rei (Srinath) 3 and Sovet Pride (A. Sandesh) 4. Not run: Top Saga. Nk, 5-1/2 and hd. 1m, 13.71s. ₹17 (w), 6, 5 and 6 (p), SHP: 12, FP: 63, Q: 26, Tla: 109. Favourite: Monte Rei. Owners: M/s. Stride Livestock Pvt. Ltd. rep. by Dr. Raj H. Shroff, M/s. Chetan Shantilal Shah, Mohan Chattaram & Phiroze Vazifdar. Trainer: Deshmukh.

2. MALVADO PLATE (Div. II), (1,600m), 3-y-o & over, rated 26 to 46 (Cat. III): 1. EGYPTIAN PRINCE (A. Sandesh) 1, Guiding Force (N. Rawal) 2, Solo Winner (Nakhat Singh) 3 and Ajmal Birju (Gopal Singh) 4. 5-3/4, 3/4 and 1-3/4. 1m, 41.05s. ₹8 (w), 6, 5 and 6 (p), SHP: 16, FP: 34, Q: 21, Tla: 45. Favourite: Egyptian Prince. Owner: Mr. Ahmed Alam Khan. Trainer: Deshmukh.

3. FLIRTING VISION PLATE (1,400m), 4-y-o & over, rated 42 to 62 (Cat. II): YANGA (T.S. Jodha) 1, Sea Castle (R. Ajay Kumar) 2, Sarvatra (Akshay Kumar) 3 and Top Link (Santosh Raj) 4. 6-3/4, 2-1/4 and 1. 1m, 26.38s. ₹21 (w), 6, 7 and 6 (p), SHP: 17, FP: 104, Q: 51, Tla: 240. Favourite: Sarvatra. Owners: M/s. Vinay Kumar & Ashok Rupani. Trainer: Ravinder Singh.

4. SALARJUNG CUP (1,600m), 3-y-o & over, rated 42 to 62 (Cat. II): THAT’S MY MAGIC (Akshay Kumar) 1, Bradfield College (Neeraj) 2, Once More (Nakhat Singh) 3 and Staridar (Suraj Narredu) 4. 3, 3/4 and 1/2. 1m, 39.21s. ₹19 (w), 7, 5 and 8 (p), SHP: 16, FP: 48, Q: 18, Tla: 126. Favourite: Bradfield College. Owners: M/s. Mohammed Rasheed Ali Khan, Aziz Ahmed Khan, K. Rama Krishna & Mirza Ayub Baig. Trainer: Faisal Hassan.

5. MYSORE RACE CLUB CUP (Div. II), (1,400m), 3-y-o & over, rated 58 to 78 (Cat. II): WESTERN WIND (Akshay Kumar) 1, Ashwa Bahula (Ashhad Asbar) 2, Southern Promise (Srinath) 3 and Mandy (A. Sandesh) 4. 2-1/2, 1 and 3/4. 1m, 27.30s. ₹32 (w), 9, 7 and 5 (p), SHP: 19, FP: 281, Q: 84, Tla: 472. Favourite: Southern Promise. Owners: M/s. T. Rakesh Reddy, Kodali Venkateswara Rao, Premanand Sugandhi & Ashok Rupani. Trainer: C.V.G.K. Kishore.

6. MYSORE RACE CLUB CUP (Div. I), (1,400m), 3-y-o & over, rated 58 to 78 (Cat. II): HIGHLY ACCLAIMED (Surya Prakash) 1, Isabella (Neeraj) 2, Champion Bull (A. Sandesh) 3 and On The Fire (Kuldeep Singh) 4. 1/4, 5-3/4 and 2-1/2. 1m, 26.28s. ₹26 (w), 7, 6 and 5 (p), SHP: 16, FP: 64, Q: 26, Tla: 146. Favourite: Isabella. Owner: Mr. Ahmed Alam Khan. Trainer: Deshmukh.

7. GOLCONDA 2000 GUINEAS (1,600m), 3-y-o only (Terms):

CORFE CASTLE (Excellent Art-Miss Danehill) Akshay Kumar 1,

INDIAN PHARAOH (Excellent Art-Running Flame) David Allan 2,

RIKKI TIKKI TAVI (Excellent Art-Stravella) Neeraj 3 and

ARECA LEGEND (Air Support-Senora Bella) I. Chisty 4.

1-1/4, 1-1/2 and shd. 1m, 38.71s. ₹14 (w), 7, 13 and 12 (p), SHP: 41, FP: 129, Q: 69, Tla: 976. Favourite: Corfe Castle. Owners: M/s. M. Ramakrishna Reddy, Tinder Singh Ahluwalia & M/s. Poonawalla Racing & Breeding Pvt. Ltd. rep. by Mr. Zavareh S. Poonawalla & Ms. Simone Zavareh Poonawalla. Trainer: L. D’Silva.

8. MALVADO PLATE (Div. I), (1,600m), 3-y-o & over, rated 26 to 46 (Cat. III): SOLAR HEIGHTS (Akshay Kumar) 1, Handsome Duo (Afroz Khan) 2, Evon Von Brando (A. Sandesh) 3 and Brave Warrior (Kunal Bunde) 4. 2-1/2, 1 and 3/4. 1m, 41.84s. ₹12 (w), 6, 17 and 6 (p), SHP: 88, FP: 267, Q: 237, Tla: 625. Favourite: Solar Heights. Owners: The Estate of Late Mr. P. S. Ranganathan & Mr. Prashant Kumar. Trainer: Sequeira.

Jackpot: ₹6,606 (105 tkts.), runner-up: 1,134 (262 tkts.), Tr (i): 173 (277 tkts.), (ii): 597 (79 tkts.), (iii): 293 (592 tkts.).

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