My Opinion runs to glory in Nilgiris Derby Stakes

Honouring the champion: K. Balamukunda Das (steward of the Madras Race Club), left, presenting the Niligiris Derby Stakes trophy to A.C. Muthiah (representative of M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust which owns My Opinion), second from left, as B. Suresh (trainer) and jockey Akshay Kumar look on.  

My Opinion (Akshay Kumar astride) won the Nilgiris Derby Stakes, the stellar attraction at the races held here on Sunday (June 3). The winner is the property of M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust and trained by Suresh.

Due to inclement weather and bad underfoot condition, the Stewards of the Madras Race Club decided to postpone the seventh and eighth races to a further date. The last and ninth race was cancelled.

1. GLENDALE PLATE (1,500m), rated upto 25: LOVELY DANCER (Ashhad Asbar) 1, Over Lord (P. Ajeeth Kumar) 2, Betty Boop (Deepak Singh) 3 and Sprinkler (Gaddam) 4. 2-3/4, 4-3/4 and 5-1/4. 1m, 35.83s. ₹13 (w), 6, 6 and 6 (p), SHP: 11, FP: 81, Q: 15, Tla: 130. Favourite: Lovely Dancer. Owner: Mrs. J. Sunitha Mary. Trainer: Vishesh.

2. UDHAGAMANDALAM SEASON CUP (1,400m), rated 60 to 85: DUKE OF EARL (Vaibhav) 1, Regina (Akshay Kumar) 2, Saffire Song (Hesnain) 3 and Calico Jack (Brisson) 4. 5-3/4, 1 and 1-3/4. 1m, 26.36s. ₹21 (w), 7, 8 and 7 (p), SHP: 21, FP: 103, Q: 43, Tla: 691. Favourite: Cerrado. Owner: Mr. Rm. Lakshmanan. Trainer: Foley.

Note: Originally Romeo finished second but was disqualified after the stewards enquiry found jockey Saddam weighing one kg extra.

3. BEAR HILLS PLATE (1,400m), 4-y-o & over, rated 20 to 45: YOUNG DARLING (Umesh) 1, Supreme Commander (Akshay Kumar) 2, Banditess (Trevor) 3 and Tree Lounge (Gaddam) 4. 1-1/4, 1-3/4 and 2-1/4. 1m, 27.83s. ₹11 (w), 6, 11 and 7 (p), SHP: 18, FP: 75, Q: 69, Tla: 242. Favourite: Banditess. Owners: M/s. K. Balamukunda Das, K. Sashabindu Das & K. Ramesh. Trainer: Mandanna.

4. KUMARAJAH M.A.M. MUTHIAH GOLD TROPHY (Div. I), (1,400m), maiden 3-y-o only (Terms): ROYAL SYMPHONY (Saddam) 1, Star Supremo (A. Imran Khan) 2, Caballo Rapido (Akshay Kumar) 3 and Silver Sea (Brisson) 4. 2, 2-3/4 and 1-3/4. 1m, 26.97s. ₹86 (w), 6, 6 and 5 (p, SHP: 21, FP: 1,687, Q: 466, Tla: 3,032. Favourite: Caballo Rapido. Owners: Mr. V. Sathish Kumar, Mr. C.R. Balakumar, Mr. Vazhaparmbil J. Joseph & Mr. Digvijay Singh. Trainer: Sebastian.

5. NILGIRIS DERBY STAKES (1,600m), 3-y-o (Terms): MY OPINION (Dialed In-Love Me Good) Akshay Kumar 1, SPITFIRE (Phoenix Tower-Athlone) Zervan 2, CHER AMIE (Arazan-Silent Crystal) A. Imran Khan 3 and MONGOLIAN KING (Phoenix Tower-Miss Takeortwo) Trevor 4. 1-1/2, 2-3/4 and 1/2. 1m, 39.75s. ₹29 (w), 6, 7 and 6 (p), SHP: 35, FP: 117, Q: 66, Tla: 763. Favourite: Mozart. Owner: M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust. Trainer: Suresh.

6. KUMARAJAH M. A. M. MUTHIAH GOLD TROPHY (Div. II), (1,400m), maiden 3-y-o only (Terms): KNIGHT IN ARMOUR (Trevor) 1, Glorious Wind (Noorshed) 2, Brilliant Script (Ashhad Asbar) 3 and Star Imperial (Akshay Kumar) 4. 1, 6-3/4 and 1. 1m, 29.44s. ₹6 (w), 8, 26 and 11 (p), SHP: 93, FP: 47, Tla: 54. Favourite: Knight In Armour. Owner: Mr. K.K. Belliappa. Trainer: Mandanna.

Jackpot: ₹77 (5,584 tkts) paid at 2nd leg, Mini Jackpot: 5 (9,601 tkts) paid at 1st leg, Treble (i): 1,993 (45 tkts).

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