Jockey Akshay Kumar rides a 164/1 four bagger - 21 Oct 18
The late Dr M A M Ramaswamy’s stable is alive and well. Gold and brown belt, if they are your favorite riding silks, would have helped you cash some big winning tickets on Sunday at Hyderabad.<br><br>Trainer Satheesh, to whom the late Dr M A M horses have been entrusted, was on fire. The rampage began in the first race. Poll Promise, with C P Boppanna aboard, delivered as a 10/1 chance. Then came Happy Together, at 10-1, in the third race with the same jockey. It was the fourth race that prompted some fans to tear up the race cards. Making a mockery of the form book, Euro Zone and jockey Nakhat Sing struck. Euro Zone was a 15/1 chance. K Satheesh was the trainer for all three winners. It would be an understatement to say that Satheesh’s trainees are doing well. I am confident that I will be not be off the mark if I say trainer Satheesh’s horses are beginning to sprout wings. <br><br>The ‘Gold and brown belt’ show had hardly ended. The fifth race in the eight-event card heralded the beginning of another spectacular show. It was jockey Akshay Kumar’s turn to put on a history-making riding exhibition reeling off four consecutive winners. The fifth race marked a mundane beginning when Akshay Kumar brought home Rubyonrails, the 16/10 public choice. It was a three-way photo.<br><br>Ta Ta, the next Akshay Kumar mount, was the tepid 5/2 favorite in the sixth event. Held up and way off the front runners, Ta Ta made a charge that had to be seen to be believed to get the verdict in another three-horse photo. Jockey Akshay Kumar used Ta Ta’s short burst to perfection.<br><br>Aika Aika Aika, the 2/1 chalk in the seventh race, won with a measure of comfort. It was another well-judged piece of riding from Akshay Kumar.<br><br>When the fans thought that jockey Akshay Kumar had done enough for the day, they were dead wrong. China Millenium made a scintillating charge down the lane in the finale to give Akshay Kumar a four-bagger. It was a stunning 164 to 1 quadruple.<br><br>The affable Fergus Sweeney won with Lightning Fin, a Don Netto pupil, to take his Indian Tally to three. The odds on Lighting Fin made every call a winning one.<br><br>The feature on Monday at Malakpet is the Grade II Golconda 2000 Guineas. The 1600-metre showpiece offers a purse of Rupees 26,68,200 to the winner. Prevalent Force, trained by Darius Byramji, is a stand out. The Multidimensional colt is seeking five wins in a row. He was a laughing winner in the Monsoon Derby. His form is such and his manner of winning has been so striking, that, on paper, the Golconda 2000 Guineas appears a mere formality for Prevalent Force. The ever green Srinath has the riding assignment. <br><br>Kangra led and would not relent in the South India 1000 Guineas at Guindy last Friday. Jockey Sandesh was able to ration the speed of his mount and Kangra, by Western Aristocrat, had the race put to bed with 400 metres to go. Mrs and Mr Marthand Singh Mahindra own Kangra. Silvestre De Souza, twice British champion in 2015 and 2017, was brought to India in 2007 as a little known rider by Mr Mahindra. <br><br>I loved the way Cher Amie won in Friday’s Guindy undercard. She shot to the front and stayed on. She is good for an encore.<br><br>Silk Baby, in the hands of Suraj Narredu, carried the public purse to a convincing win. Silk Baby is good for another visit to the winner’s area. <br><br>Saturday’s Kolkata races were not run because of torrential rain. The same card will be run on Wednesday, December 13. The main race is the 2000 Guineas. <br><br>Mumbai has had weather problems. Two racing days were lost last week. Three meetings will be held coming week. There will be action on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The schedule calls for the 1000 and 2000 Guineas to be held on two consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday.