Sanga Keeps India At Bay

Sanga keeps India at bay

Colombo Aug. 9: A spate of on-field injuries bedraggled the Indians and left them a disgruntled lot. The Indians had three players receiving medical treatment and a wicket keeper with a bloody nose when bad light forced early closure. The occasional flashes of brilliance with the ball coupled with inept stroke play from the Lankan batsmen, however, kept the game in balance.

Kumar Sangakkara, bringing in all the finer attributes and discipline expected of a Test batsman, crafted a fine unbeaten century to keep his team afloat. Sri Lanka, fully aware of the weight a handy lead would bring, were 251 for six in reply to India’s 249. It was a day when gloom enveloped the Indians. V.V.S. Laxman was injured even before play started while Sachin Tendulkar and Ishant Sharma had to leave the field at different points during the day. Moments before play was called off, Parthiv Patel was struck on his nose bridge off a delivery from Anil Kumble. The ‘keeper, however, braved the injury and carried on.

Much water has flowed under the bridge since such a fine exhibition of Test batsmanship has been on view. Sangakkara controlled the show with a measured innings, treating the bowling on merit. His running between the wickets was hard and even with wickets falling around him he continued with a single-minded pursuit.

It was a day of referrals and injuries that held up play for long, yet Sangakkara’s concentration stood firm. Sangakkara removed all impressions on the wicket the Indian top-order had created.ῠ The approach in the morning was hardly in tune with it. Michael Vandort and Chaminda Vaas were steadfast but runs were hardly in their plan. Zaheer Khan operated with intelligence. And just when it looked he was running dry he had Vandort playing around his pads.

Then came a flurry of boundaries from Vaas. Sangakkara timed a few sweetly through covers to get himself in. Lunch was taken at 114. The first session produced 100 and things did not look rosy for India. Rahul Dravid put down a sharp chance off Kumble when Sangakkara was on 34 and that proved costly. Harbhajan did not look an inch the bowler who had 10 wickets in Galle, he allowed the cut and sweep too easily for Vaas. A glorious cover drive off Kumble and Sangakkara’s lofted on drive were rare gems. Vaas survived a LBW shout when the TV umpire ruled in his favour and Sachin put him down at backward short-leg. But he failed to capitalise and and fell soon enough.

Mahela Jayawardene walked in to a tumultuous re-ception, duly played a sweep to a delivery full in length and was adjudged LBW. He went for the referral but was duly shown the exit. The two wickets helped India pull thi-ngs back in the post-lunch se-ssion. Only 61 runs were allowed in 30 overs.ῠῠ

Samaraweera was struck in front off a Kumble slider but both the field and TV umpire ruled in his favour. It was 153 for four at that stage and India had all reasons to be upset with that decision. The final hour saw Sangakkara swell his tally. Tillakaratne Dilshan was flummoxed by Kumble and Prasanna Jayawardene found a saviour in the TV umpire later as Sri Lanka managed to get past the Indian tally.


India (1st innings): 249 all out

Sri Lanka (1st innings) Batsmanῠhow outῠrunsῠballsῠ4sῠ6s M Vandort ῠlbw Khan ῠ14ῠ ῠ50 ῠ1 ῠ0 M Warnapura ῠb Sharma ῠ8 ῠ37 ῠ0 ῠ0 C Vaas ῠc Sehwag b Harbhajan Singh ῠ47 ῠ6 ῠ0 ῠ0 K Sangakkaraῠ ῠ(batting)ῠ107 ῠ226ῠ ῠ11 ῠ 0ῠ M Jayawardene ῠlbw b Harbhajan Singh ῠ2 ῠ10 ῠ0 ῠ0 T Samaraweera ῠc P. Patel b Khan ῠ35 ῠ113 ῠ84 ῠ3 TM Dilshan ῠlbw b Kumble ῠ23 ῠ65 ῠ3ῠ0 P Jayawardene ῠ(batting)ῠ1 ῠ9ῠ0 ῠ0 Extrasῠ (b 2, lb 9, w 2, nb 1) ῠῠ14 Total (92 overs) ῠῠ251/6 Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Warnapura, 5.6 ov), 2-42 (Vandort, 16.5 ov), 3-137 (Vaas, 47.3 ov), 4-141 (DPMD Jayawardene, 49.1 ov), 5-201 (Samaraweera, 73.6 ov), 6-244 (Dilshan, 88.3 ov) Bowling ῠO ῠM ῠR ῠW ῠ(E) Z Khan ῠ20 ῠ4 ῠ57 ῠ2ῠ(1nb) I Sharma ῠ15.3 ῠ3 ῠ33 ῠ1 Harbhajan Singh ῠ31.3 ῠ8 ῠ81 ῠ2 ῠ(2w) A Kumble ῠ24 ῠ2 ῠ68 ῠ1 V Sehwag ῠ1 ῠ0 ῠ1 ῠ0

Injury concerns for India

Colomboῠ Aug. 9: Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman who were injured on Saturday are recovering and according to team manager T.C. Mathew, the duo will bat in the second innings.ῠ Laxman twisted his left ankle during a practice session and had to helped off the field by teammates. He underwent a MRI scan and later returned to the dressing room and was reported to be fine.ῠῠῠ Meanwhile, Sachin inju-red his left elbow, going for a sharp chance offered by Chaminda Vaas at backward short leg.

On field treatment did not help and Sachin had to leave the field. The injury was diagnosed as a hyper extended and jarred left elbow.ῠῠ Later in the day, Ishant injured himself, while bowling and Parthiv Patel had a bleeding nose after being hit by a Kumble delivery. “Ishant Sharma injured the glut muscle. Hopefully the picture will be clear tomorrow (on Sunday). Parthiv Patel has a minor cut, but he will take the field. We’ll see if the other three players can take the field on Sunday,” said Team India physio Nitin Patel.

It is evenly poised: Zaheer

Colombo Aug. 9: With injuries to four key players, the Indian team will definitely have reasons to be worried. But Zaheer Khan was confident the team will put the concerns behind them and come back strongly on Sunday.ῠ Zaheer admitted it was too early to think about a possible fourth innings target for the hosts as there is a lot of work left to be done before reaching that stage of the match. “The game is evenly poised at the moment. We need to get them out early tomorrow. Will have to wait and see how things go. Things could have gone either way. A few decisions went here and there. First we will have to get them out early and then bat well. The first session is crucial and once we put up a good total on the board we know it will get tight as they will have to bat last,” said Zaheer.

Inspite of conditions here not being as favourable as in Galle, where the wind pla-yed a crucial role in helping seam movement and swing, Zaheer and Ishant Sharma gave a good account of themselves. They picked up wickets at crucial junctures.

The left-armer noted the wicket was still good to bo-wl on. “It’s a good Test mat-ch wicket where the batsmen will have to concentrate hard for their runs and the bowlers will have to be prepared to bend their backs, bowl in the right are-as and remain patient for the batsmen to make a mistake.”ῠ Zaheer agreed the knock by Kumar Sangakkara was important from Sri Lanka’s perspective. Zaheer had made a telling contribution with the bat on Friday.

Middle order will be the key
By Ravi Shastri

India strived hard to make sure Sri Lanka didn’t run away with the game on Saturday.ῠ The spinners bowled reasonably well in tandem and even Sangakkara couldn’t put his foot down on the accelerator. Frankly, Sri Lanka were still looking to hold the leverage by close. But this grit was more than offset by the cruel hand of fate which laid low four of India’s stalwarts.

VVS Laxman twisted his ankle before the start of play; Sachin Tendulkar stretched and fell awkwardly on his elbow to be out of the field for half of the day; Ishant Sharma went away clutching his back in the middle of an over and Parthiv Patel all but came to grief for foolishly avoiding helmet while keeping to Anil Kumble.ῠ I can’t recall ever when the experienced middle order have been so scratchy at the crease in subcontinental conditions against spinners.ῠ One is anxious on their count, as well as future of India’s Test line-up.ῠ Irrespective of the outcome of the test match I do believe the time has come to invest in the Rainas and Sharmas in the middle order.ῠῠ

Rain, Amla check England progress

London, Aug. 9: Rain and a fine innings by Hashim Amla slowed England’s progress on the third day of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Oval on Saturday. Amla made 71 not out as South Africa reached 110 for two in their second innings, still 12 behind England’s first innings total. No play was possible between lunch and tea after only 17.5 overs were played before the lunch break. Amla was the mainstay of the South African innings, reaching a half-century off 64 balls with ten crisply-struck boundaries.

When rain stopped play eight minutes before the scheduled lunch break he had faced 86 balls and hit 14 fours. In gloomy conditions, overnight batsmen Neil McKenzie and Amla made steady progress against some wayward bowling from Steve Harmison and James Anderson.ῠ They took the total from the overnight 37 for one to 82 before the first bowling change of the day brought success. Stuart Broad replaced Anderson and with his fourth delivery bowled McKenzie off an inside edge for 29.

Andrew Flintoff came on for Harmison and was punched through the covers off the back foot as Amla reached his fifty. Amla had an escape on 58 when an attempted drive against Flintoff flew off an inside edge. Wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose flung himself to his left but could not hold a difficult chance. South Africa hold a winning 2-0 lead in the series.

Scoreboard South Africa (I innings): 194 England (I innings): 316. South Africa (II innings) (overnight 37-1): N. McKenzie b Broad 29, H. Amla (batting) 71, J. Kallis (batting) 2. Extras (b-6, nb-2) 8. Total (2 wkts, 26.5 overs) 110. Fall of wickets:1-0, 2-82. Bowling: Anderson 8-2-31-1, Harmison 9-0-34-0, Flint-off 5-0-29-0, Panesar 1-1-0-0, Broad 3.5-2-10-1.ῠ

Sanchez crowned king of the road

Juyongguan, China Aug. 9: Spanish climber Samuel Sanchez claimed his biggest ever career win when he claimed gold in the men’s gruelling Olympic road race, held over 245km here on Saturday. Italian Davide Rebellin finished a close second to take the silver medal with Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara placing third to take the bronze. “I can’t quite believe I’ve won the gold medal,” said Sanchez, a 30-year-old from Oviedo whose biggest wins to date have been his five stage victories on the Tour of Spain.

“My biggest fear was whether we’d be able to control the race as a team, and in such humid, and tremendous heat. But we raced to perfection.” A thrilling end to the first big endurance test of the Games bore witness to a tough race of attrition that proved too much for some of the 143 starters, 53 of whom dropped out during the seven laps of a hilly 23.8km circuit. And in the end, it left Sanchez to upstage his team leader Alejandro Valverde, and two of Italy’s big hopes.

Reigning champion Paolo Bettini of Italy was left trailing with Valverde after an attack on the final climb instigated by Australian Cadel Evans. It was a move that led to others, and ultimately led to a six-man tussle on the final 250 metres after a tough 6hr 23min of racing in 26 degrees celsius and 90 percent humidity.

After Evans’ move, the leaders slowly got whittled down as the tough racing conditions continued taking their toll. Bettini admitted it was where his Olympic title hopes were dashed. “I knew on the last lap that my chance had gone,” said the Italian, the two-time reigning world champion. “I got stuck behind watching Valverde. I’m disappointed, but I can’t complain. The race was very tough.”

Another attack, this time from Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, split the leaders again, allowing Rebellin, Australian Michael Rogers, Russian Alexander Kolobnev and Sanchez to break free. Schleck put in another fierce turn of pace on the climb with around 14km to race, leaving the 23-year-old Luxemburger with Rebellin and Sanchez on his wheel. It initially proved too much for Rogers, who was left struggling to follow with Kolobnev, the Russian gasping for air. But on the long flat section leading to the finish line the pair did well to close the gap. ῠ

Caucasus crisis worries Georgia, Russia teams

Beijing Aug. 9: Heavy fighting in the breakaway Georgia enclave of South Ossetia has alarmed Russian and Georgian athletes at the Olympic Games in China and dampened spirits on the first day of competition, team officials said on Saturday.ῠ Both teams were anxiously monitoring news reports of the conflict, which escalated dramatically late on Thursday. “Our athletes are doing what they’ve prepared for for years. There’s no politics,” said Russian Olympic Committee spokesman Gennady Shvets.

But the fighting was obviously very serious and team members were upset by news reports of up to 1,500 dead. The Georgia team’s marketing consultant, Peter Tsanava, said he did not think there was any “mood against Russia or Russian against Georgian” among the two teams.ῠ “But it is a terrible situation when you hear there is bombing going on in your country, and it is a tiny country. Georgians and Russians are both worried,” he said. “I live in Moscow but my family is in Georgia right now and i am worried. I hope everything gets better quickly.”

Shvets and a handful of journalists and officials in the Russian Olympic committee office watched the morning TV news from Moscow showing scenes of destruction in South Ossetia, including tanks smashed by artillery and injured civilians in hospitals. “This is unbelievable,” said one. Shvets said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is backed by Washington, “is stupid, a criminal and mentally ill. Moscow blames Saakashvili for the fighting over what had been a “frozen conflict”. “Normally during the Olympics countries try to calm down any conflicts they have,” Shvets added.

Zagunis wins US’ first gold

Beijing, Aug. 9: Mariel Zagunis gave the United States its first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics here Saturday as she retained her women’s sabre title with victory over her compatriot Sada Jacobson in a final watched by US President George W. Bush. Athens champion Zagunis led an American clean-sweep of the podium places with 18-year-old Becca Ward seeing off Russia’s Sofiya Velikaya by just a single point, 15-14, in the bronze medal match. “It’s really a dream come true, but I am glad it’s over. I am very proud and very happy of what we have done today,” said Zagunis. An emotional Jacobson said: “We are just so proud to be here and to represent our country this way.

“I don’t think I had anticipated the emotions I felt during the medal ceremony – President Bush gave me his handkerchief, which is a bit weird.” She added: “It’s one of the surreal Olympic experiences – I was at the doping control and someone told me President Bush was waiting for me. I will remember this for the rest for my life, it’s so cool. I should have kept it (the handkerchief).” “I will remember this for the rest of my life, it’s so cool.” In the final Zagunis, runner-up in the 2006 world championships but ranked just fifth in the world this year, went ahead 5-2 and then took the next leg 10-5 for a 15-8 final scoreline. ῠ

Chen brings first gold for China

Beijing Aug. 9: It was the morning after a spectacular opening ceremony, and Chinese spectators were in a buoyant mood as they converged on the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium with their women’s weightlifting tickets in hand. Some were still toting the lightweight fabric sacks that had been handed to each spectator at the opening ceremonies at Bird’s Nest Stadium on Friday night. Many were posing for photographs with their friends and families in the sunlight on the steps of this much more intimate venue.

Once inside, the national celebration continued, as Chen Xiexia strong-armed the diminutive opposition in the lightest, 48-kg division to win a gold medal that also happened to be China’s first gold medal of these games. That will surely not hurt Chen’s career or visibility going forward, even if Chen herself downplayed the achievement.

“Other gold medals are gold medals, too,” she said. “I don’t think being first is especially significant to me.” The hardest part, as it turned out, was making the Chinese team, the world leader in women’s weightlifting since it became an Olympic sport in 2000. To make the team, Chen had to fend off the 2006 world champion Yang Lian in an intense intrasquad competition before being named China’s sole representative in her division. Ma Wenguang, president of the Chinese Weightlifting Association, told Chinese reporters that it was “the hardest decision I’ve made in my life.”

Last month, Chen also had to cope with a strained leg muscle that cut into her training, but when her name was called Saturday morning, she showed nothing but superior strength, succeeding on all six of her lifts, all of which were greater in weight than her opponents’ best lifts.

By the time she had raised 93 kg, over her head on her second attempt in the snatch, the identity of the future gold medalist was abundantly clear. She would lift 95 kg on her next and final attempt in the snatch and then set an Olympic record with a best result of 117 kg in the clean and jerk.ῠ Her combined total of 212 kg was also an Olympic record and was 13 kg better than the silver medalist, Sibel Ozkan of Turkey, and 16 better than that of the bronze medalist Chen Wei-Ling of Taiwan.

In weightlifting terms that qualified as a rout, and it probably will not be the last considering that the three other Chinese women on the Olympic team are also solid favourites in their weight classes. Luckily for the opposition, China are limited by the Olympic rules to just four slots total in the six women’s weight classes here. The prelift routine varied from lifter to lifter Saturday, but shouting was the most common approach, and Chen – who is five feet tall and weighs 108 pounds – pumped herself up before each attempt with her own two-syllable exhortation. “It’s kind of a self-made slogan,” she said.

When the first day of full competition began, it looked like China’s first gold medal would come from the women’s 10-metre air rifle event. But when Du Li, the 2004 Olympic champion, finished fifth, the national focus quickly shifted to Chen, and she was soon singing along to the national anthem, the March of the Volunteers, along with most of the 2,600 fans in attendance. There should be dozens of other Chinese gold medalists in Beijing, but Chen will always be the first.

Sizzling Saina enters 2nd round

Beijing, Aug. 9: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal toyed with her Russian opponent Ella Karachkova before thrashing her in straight games to storm into the second round of the badminton women’s singles at the Beijing Olympics here on Saturday. The national champion looked in sublime form as she needed less than half an hour to oust Karachkova 21-9, 21-8 to breeze into the second round where she will face Ukrainian Larysa Gryga.

In a lop-sided match, Saina showed her bag of tricks that had her Russian rival in trouble and the Indian later said she did not go full throttle because she wanted to try some different things on the day. “I did not play my usual game and hit lesser smash shots. Instead, I was trying more drop shots. The first round match is always tough because you tend to make mistakes early but I’m happy that everything went according to the script,” she said. “I think I adjusted fast to the court, conditions, breeze and atmosphere here,” she added.

Emmons wins first gold at Beijing

Beijing Aug. 9: Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic derailed host China’s hopes of a golden start to the Olympics when she won the first gold medal on Saturday with a convincing victory in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Emmons, who met and married U.S. shooter Matt Emmons after winning bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, equalled a world record score of 400 in the qualification round and was near flawless in the final to win gold medal a score of 503.5 – a new Olympic record.

“I was so nervous,” she told reporters after the event that traditionally opens the Olympics. “Our heart rate was so high. I’m seriously happy it is over and I hold gold.” Du Li of China, the heavy favourite whose gold four years ago at the start of the 2004 Olympics led a Chinese medal winning streak, wept after finishing fifth. She had won the gold medal in Athens and had been favourite at the Olympics at home.

“I feel really bad for Du Li, I do – and I’d like to give these flowers to her because she can shoot way better than she did today,” Emmons said, holding the flowers she was given at the medal ceremony led by International Olympic Committee president Jacque Rogge. “Sorry, the Chinese press is putting a lot of pressure on Chinese athletes,” Emmons added.

“I had a hard time handling my own pressure. It’s obvious to see there’s a lot of pressure (on Du) everywhere, every day in training, all around her.” Lioubov Galkina of Russia won the silver medal with a score of 502.1. She had also won silver in Athens. Snjezana Pejcic of Croatia took bronze with 500.9. Emmons hit the bulls eye on all 40 of her qualifying round shots for a perfect 400 score. Du had also been perfect before getting 9 on her 34th shot in qualifying to finish with 399 points. She seemed dejected after that result.

Emmons, who married the U.S. shooter last year, was previously known as Katerina Kurkova. “She did a fantastic job. I’m so proud of her,” Matt Emmons said.ῠ Emmons had gone over to his wife and kissed her as she took a rest during her perfect qualifying round.

Indian archers progress

Beijing, Aug. 9: Mangal Singh Champia set alight the Olympic Green Archery Field to finish second in a field of 64 in the ranking round, which won him an easy draw in the elimination stage which starts on August 13. India’s lone male archer in Beijing Olympics finished just one point behind Mexican Juan Serrano who topped the chart scoring 679. The archer from Jamshedpur looked in scintillating touch as he shot 342 in the first half to lead the field before adding 336 in the second to slip a rung and finish overall second.

“In the second half, there was heavy wind and it was not continuous either, so I did not do that well,” he later said. “I had a good feeling today. I checked the wind and saw where it went before I aimed off to shoot,” he said. Meanwhile, the Indian trio of L. Bombayla Devi, Dola Banerjee and Pranitha Vardhineni did enough to ensure that the women’s team, courtesy its sixth place finish in the ranking rounds, got a bye in the first round of the Olympic archery event here on Saturday. Bombayla (637), Dola (633) and Pranitha (627) came 22nd, 31st and 37th respectively in Saturday’s ranking round and their aggregated tally of 1897 helped India finish among top six sides, which got a bye.

The eves would now take on hosts China (1916), who finished third, straight in the quarterfinals. In the individual section, in-form Bombayla will face lowly Iwona Marcinkiewicz of Poland, who finished 43rd with a score of 620, while experienced Dola takes on Marie-Pier Beaudet (628) of Canada, who finished 34th, on Tuesday. Youngest of the lot, Pranitha will have a tough task to get past Australian Jane Waller, who shot 634 on Saturday to finish 28th.

Team manager K.S. Kang was naturally elated with the way things panned out for the archers and said the camp was quite upbeat after the performance. “It was a quality show by the archers. Though Olympic is a different ball game altogether, we are happy with them,” he said. He heaped praise on Pranitha for putting up a decent show. ῠ

Western Challenge fancied

Pune Aug. 9: Western Challenge is expected to win the Mayor’s Trophy, the feature event of the races to be held here on Sunday. ῠFollowing is the card: 1.ῠ The Nelson River Plate (Cl-V) 1200m, 1.30 p.m.: ῠ1. Modestyῠ59ῠNeerajῠ6 ῠ2. Oriental Jewelῠ59ῠHanumant Sῠ1 ῠ3. Shaktimanῠ58.5ῠBariaῠ8 ῠ4. Sudden Impactῠ57.5ῠM Narreduῠ5 ῠ5. Princess Samerahῠ56.5ῠI Shaikhῠ3 ῠ6. Chief Warriorῠ55.5ῠS Chinoyῠ2 ῠ7. Hawkeyeῠ54ῠTS Jodhaῠ7 ῠ8. Discoverῠ49.5ῠRiyazῠ4

2. The Radiant Plate (Cl-IV) 1400m,ῠῠῠῠῠῠῠῠ 2 p.m.: ῠ1. Medtias Prideῠ59ῠP Beloseῠ1 ῠ2. Siberian Sirenῠ58.5ῠJ Pradeepῠ7 ῠ3. Red Cloudῠ58ῠA Baandalῠ4 ῠ4. Palermoῠ56ῠHG Rathodῠ5 ῠ5. Expensive Affairῠ55.5ῠNeerajῠ2 ῠ6. Gold Biscuitῠ55.5ῠTS Jodhaῠ6 ῠ7. Wells Fargoῠ53.5ῠZ Sayyedῠ8 ῠ8. Charlie Parkerῠ53ῠChowguleῠ3

3. The Albertini Plate 1000m, 2.30 p.m.: ῠ1. Fighting Fantasyῠ56ῠS Fargeatῠ6 ῠ2. Fluent Victoryῠ56ῠN Jodhaῠ7 ῠ3. Forbes Listῠ56ῠM Narreduῠ1 ῠ4. Golden Kingdomῠ56ῠSN Chavanῠ5 ῠ5. Zenῠ56ῠKhalanderῠ2 ῠ6. Fascinationῠ54.5ῠV Walkarῠ4 ῠ7. Mypethoneyῠ54.5ῠSurajῠ3 ῠ8. Sophieῠ54.5ῠRathoreῠ8

4. The Kia Ora Plate (Cl-IV) 1000m, 3 p.m.: ῠ1. Princess Rubyῠ62ῠAppuῠ8 ῠ2. Blue Blazeῠ61ῠC Rajendraῠ14 ῠ3. Hidden Dragonῠ61ῠV Kotwalῠ3 ῠ4. Victor Ivanovῠ58.5ῠRathoreῠ10 ῠ5. Return Of The Kingῠ58ῠA Merchantῠ5 ῠ6. Classic Starῠ56.5ῠJ Pradeepῠ12 ῠ7. Rising Emperorῠ55.5ῠBiramneῠ6 ῠ8. Aeginaῠ55ῠRiyazῠ15 ῠ9. Classic Dreamῠ54.5ῠHG Rathodῠ1 10. Mysterioῠ54ῠShammi Kῠ7 11. Needforspeedῠ54ῠBariaῠ2 12. Teaserῠ53ῠI Pardeshiῠ4 13. Amadomioῠ52.5ῠS Nayakῠ11 14. The Right Manῠ51ῠChowguleῠ9 15. Nuncioῠ49.5ῠV Jodhaῠ13

5.ῠ The Strengthtostrength Trophy (Cl-III) 1200m, 3.30 pm: ῠ1. Legendaryῠ59ῠSrinathῠ4 ῠ2. Heifitzῠ56.5ῠTS Jodhaῠ13 ῠ3. War of Attritionῠ56.5ῠAppuῠ12 ῠ4. Bonny Lightῠ55.5ῠS Fargeatῠ10 ῠ5. Top Actionῠ55.5ῠM Narreduῠ7 ῠ6. Festive Lightῠ55ῠS Nayakῠ11 ῠ7. Elementto Angelῠ54ῠI Shaikhῠ3 ῠ8. Stellar Affairῠ53ῠC Rajendraῠ1 ῠ9. Catalystῠ52.5ῠCS Jodhaῠ8 10. Zarzaitineῠ52.5ῠA Merchantῠ9 11. Game of Powerῠ52ῠAadesh Kῠ6 12. Romantic Impactῠ52ῠSurajῠ5 13. Yourethetouchῠ52ῠRathoreῠ2 14. Calling The Shotsῠ50.5ῠN Jodhaῠ14

6. The Club Solaris Turf Club Trophy 1400m, 4 pm: ῠx. Diego Riveraῠ59.5ῠ- – -ῠ- ῠ2. Oyster Coveῠ54.5ῠAadesh Kῠ12 ῠ3. Personifiedῠ54.5ῠSrinathῠ6 ῠ4. Ruben Starῠ54.5ῠG Ozaῠ13 ῠ5. Escravosῠ53ῠS Fargeatῠ8 ῠ6. The Hurricaneῠ53ῠSurajῠ1 ῠ7. Beyond Beliefῠ51.5ῠC Rajendraῠ4 ῠ8. Aghaῠ49ῠRiyazῠ7 ῠ9. Aquiloῠ49ῠNeerajῠ2 10. Elmwoodῠ49ῠCS Jodhaῠ3 11. Hugoῠ49ῠN Jodhaῠ5 12. Lago Medioῠ49ῠA Merchantῠ14 13. Mountain Bearῠ49ῠTS Jodhaῠ11 14. Portrushῠ49ῠKamleshῠ9 15. Rejuveniteῠ49ῠAppuῠ10

7. The Mayor’s Trophy 1800m,ῠῠῠῠῠῠ 4.30 pm: ῠ1. Go Guzzi Goῠ56ῠSurajῠ8 ῠ2. Knights Templarῠ56ῠS Nayakῠ9 ῠ3. Manegeῠ56ῠC Rajendraῠ1 ῠ4. Matata Prideῠ56ῠM Narreduῠ4 ῠ5. Naem for Fameῠ56ῠSrinathῠ2 ῠ6. Rising Heroῠ56ῠNeerajῠ6 ῠ7. Western Challengeῠ56ῠS Fargeatῠ3 ῠ8. White Hart Laneῠ56ῠAppuῠ5 ῠ9. Bourbon Queenῠ54.5ῠN Jodhaῠ7

8. The Goodness Gracious Plateῠῠ (Cl-V) 1400m, 5 pm: ῠ1. Fire Queenῠ59ῠHG Rathodῠ9 ῠ2. Lilac Timeῠ59ῠRiyazῠ11 ῠ3. Cinderella Manῠ57.5ῠAadesh Kῠ10 ῠ4. Czechῠ57ῠA Baandalῠ2 ῠ5. Black Warriorῠ56.5ῠBariaῠ7 ῠ6. Mubarrasῠ56.5ῠS Fargeatῠ3 ῠ7. Opera Royaleῠ55.5ῠS Nayakῠ5 ῠ8. Varunῠ54.5ῠA Merchantῠ4 ῠ9. Sara Jahanῠ50ῠCS Jodhaῠ1 10. House Prefectῠ49.5ῠRathoreῠ8 11. Love Fortyῠ49.5ῠShammi Kῠ6

Jackpot Races: 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 1st Treble: 2, 3 & 4 2nd Treble: 6, 7 & 8.

River Dancer triumphs

Pune Aug. 9: River Dancer (S.P. Ranjane up) won the Amazing Bay Trophy, the main event of the races held here on Saturday. 1. The Sparkling Cyanide Plate 1000m: Classic Spirit 1, Madamme Bijoux 2, Mercedes 3, Liver Pool 4. Won by: 2L, 1/2L, 1L. Time: 1:3.45. Trained by: Magan Singh P.Jodhaῠ 2. The Vibrant Plate 1800m: Hisham 1, Hi Dolly 2, Sparrow Hawk 3, Brezhnev 4. Not run: Alectrona. Won by: 5L, 5L, Neck. Time: 1:54.52. Trained by: Dr Anil Kumar. 3. The Monica Plate 1000m: Lechwe 1, Rule Of Law 2, Blade Runner 3, Secret Talk 4. Not run: Rubaiyat. Won by: 5-1/2L, Neck, 3/4L. Time: 1:1.83. Trained by: Vinayak. 4. The Amazing Bay Trophy 1000m: River Dancer 1, Oyster Pearl 2, Pampered Princess 3, Major Roberts 4. Won by: 1-1/4L, 1-1/2L, SH. Time: 0.54. Trained by: Rehanullah Khan. 5. The P. Hadow Trophy 1600m: Dancing Dynamite 1, Aquadisiac 55 C. Rajendra 2, Kingdom Of Love 3, Miles And More 4. Won by: 3-/3/4L, 3-1/2L, 3L. Time: 1:39.18. Trained by: Mansoor Shah.ῠ 6. The Londonderry Plate 1400m: Riyasat 1, Golden Symbol 2, Il Divo 3, Share My Dreams 4. Won by: 2-1/2L, 2-1/2L, 7-1/2L. Time: 1:26.53. Trained by: C.D. Katrak. 7. The Princess Gombos Plate 1200m: Incredible Beauty 1, Yankee Lane 2, Cyclades 3, Arks Angel 4. Won by: 3/4L, 4-1/4L, 3L. Time: 1:12.15. Trained by: Narendra Lagad.

Diabolical in splendid form

Bengaluru Aug. 9: Valid Expectation, Star Presentation and Diabolical impressed most in the workouts when the following horses were exercised on the trial track here on Saturday.

Inner sand: 800 metres: Corus (C. Krishnan) 53, 600/41.5, improved. Greens (C. Krishnan) 52.5, 600/40.5, retains form. Express It (S. John), Dazzling Honour (G. Sapra) 53, 600/40, neck and neck. Samrat Ashok (C. Krishnan) 52.5, 600/41. Lester (C. Krishnan) 55, 600/43, easy. Sun Zone (C. Krishnan) 54, 600/41.5. Coral Gables (Ghous) 52.5, 600/40, unextended. Buckpasser Junior (Gautamraj) 53, 600/41. 1000 metres: Valid Expectation (S. John) 1-4.5, 800/50, 600/36.5, excelled. Fantastic Quest (D. Patel), own Voice (B. Prakash) 1-4.5, 800/51.5, 600/38.5, almost level. 1400 metres: Spirit Of Excellence (rb) 1-38, first 800/51. Star Presentation (B. Prakash) 1-41.5, 600/43, impressed. 1600 metres: Queen’s Guest (B. Prakash), Violet Honey (D. Patel) 1-55, 1400/1-36, 1200/1-22, 1000/1-7, 800/51, 600/38, former showed out. Grand Madame (B. Prakash), Noble Kingdom (D. Patel) 1-54, 1400/1-35, 1200/1-21.5, 1000/1-7, 800/51, 600/37.5, neck and neck. Sweeping Success (B. Prakash), Classic Sky (D. Patel) 1-50, 1400/1-36.5, 1200/1-21.5, 1000/1-7.5, 800/53.5, 600/40, former started three lengths behind, finished four lengths in front. 2000 metres: Diabolical (R. Marshall) 2-22, 1600/1-51.5, 1400/1-35, 1200/1-18, 1000/1-5, 800/50, 600/37.5, a fine display. Noted on Friday: Inner sand: 800 metres: Suavemente (S. John), Table Mountain (G. Sapra) 52, 600/38. Coco Channel (rb), Manthara (Selvaraj) 54, 600/40.5. Ottawa (rb) 53, 600/40.5. Conceptual (S. John), Appertain (rb) 52, 600/39.5. Icebreaker (P. Woods) 55, 600/41.5, easy. Reflection Of Gold (Appu) 52, 600/39.5, retains form. 1200 metres: Stanza Starry (rb) 1-24.5, 800/55, 600/42.5. Sugar Ray (R. Marshall) 1-26.5, 800/54, 600/41, handy. Lady One (P. Woods) 1-24, 800/55.5, 600/43, leisurely. Leon Cavallo (Selvaraj) 1-21.5, 800/53, 600/41, fit. Originality (V. Patel) 1-23.5, 1000/1-8, 800/55, 600/41, in good nick. Noted on Thursday: Inner sand, 1200 metres: Cassandra (R. Marshall) 1-19, 1000/1-6, 800/51.5, 600/39.5, impressed.

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