Aslam guides Accrual to victory


THE TWICE postponed 10th meeting of the monsoon season had to be cancelled as the twin cities were ravaged by water, fire and brimstone. Unprecedented rains followed by the opposition sponsored rally against the power tariff which turned ugly, ruled out the possibility. Fortunately the Deccan Bookmakers Association Fillies Trial Stakes programme was gone through on Sunday despite this fiasco.

What lined up for this year's Fillies Trial were a group of enthusiastic and up and coming fillies who still have to gain experience, but two of the eight - Native Quest and Reflecting had won a few more races than the others. Trainer S. Padmanabhan always maintains that Malakpet is his lucky centre. With this in view, whichever runner he brings invariably touches the top slot in the betting ring. Owned by Mr. Deepak Khaitan and Maj. P. K. Mehra, the Razeen/Excentrique filly Accrual, trained by Padmanabhan, just out of the maiden ranks, was having the second race of her career. Reflecting came with a big reputation from Pune, she had won two cup events during last Mumbai season. Under the care of trainer Dallas Todywalla she was one of the three horses owned by Dr. Ramaswamy in the Fillies Trial.

On days when outstation horses and riders come for major plums, there is a beeline to see favourites in action. Local entrant Personal Accord thought it best to head the field but the initial pace was slow as most fillies fought for their heads. Aslam Kader with the Khaitan colours raced about four wide till the turn. Supreme Glory who sat on the rails found a gap for Warren Singh to take the shortest way. Accrual took command but the Razeen filly was wanting in manners that would come only with experience. Aslam Kader under the circumstances rode a difficult race. Drawing from his vast experience he held Accrual the best he could from a wayward path and yet never broke her rhythm. Warren Singh drove a hard bargain on Supreme Glory to push the favourite till the end. Reflecting was flying from the outer section. However the expert guidance of Aslam got Accrual home by 3/4 length. This was the sixth time that Aslam Kader has won the Fillies Trial and the second for Padmanabhan. The other three places went to the Gold and Brown belt colours.

It was unfortunate that the Brar silks on Deep In The Jungle could not take part as the Green Forest filly was fractious and had to be withdrawn.

The afternoon actually started on a strong note for M.A.M. who scored a hat-trick. Abbattale, a half sister to Great Tribute, who won the Calcutta Monsoon Derby, has really picked up condition after her initial outing. She showed fine tuning to clip away smoothly. There was a strong bid from Journalist who managed to edge out Salamanca the favourite for the second place. The latter who was 2 kgs better off against Abbattale should have been closer to the winner but was wanting at the finish.

All the Satheesh runners are gearing up and falling in line as the second race went to Akarita, an Ajaad filly who did some smart track work but Scottsdale who ran second to Chilling was on money. Scottsdale was decisively beaten by Akarita who led from the gates. This filly in her present state can pick another race in open company.

The well-bred Pal Of Mine, a chestnut colt by Rebounding Thrill/Silent Waters, who is half brother to Sir Lancelot, scored an effortless win in the third race. Racing in open company, Pal of Mine shot away from the front to win easing up. This colt is another 3 year old who should be followed. The Faiyaz Shaikh trained Preux Chevalier ran prominently to finish second. This grey should be in the thick of battle next time.

It has been a long and hard grind for Sir Tranquil who has never seen the winners circle for a long time. Dropping naturally to bottom of Cat II, this 5 year old at last provided some solace to win a 1400m race under R. B. Shinde. Trainer R.Figredo gets the credit for bringing back Sir Tranquil to his winning ways. This combination was on target later with Black Sabbath who incurred a 14 lbs penalty after her last win. The only stopper for this filly would have been this extra weight. The World Tour filly proved her intentions in not giving in with a pillar to post win for which she had to be driven hard, remaining ahead of Keep Battling and Taffarel who filled the other brackets. Sporting Boy under Samad went all over the place under pressure, a run that could be ignored.

The Rafaat Hussian trained 6 year old, Secret Savings showed tremendous improvement from his last race as Ravinder Singh hardly made any fuss when staying clear of the field to win pulling up on tight reins. The blinkers that were fitted on Secret Savings made this gelding more focussed and attentive in his duties.

Another winner can come his way. The other interest was the late surge of Jaan-E-Jigar, Most Wanted and Rum N' Racing from the rear to take the other places. These three runners should be closer to the post in middle distance races.

A last time third over 1400m and with more distance today, Flaming Doll had the right race picked for her as she relished the extra ground. Taking on Chulbuly who fought bravely on the rails, Ravinder Singh after a few smacks down the flank, drove his mount who stretched out in the closing stages to win convincingly.


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