Swell Victory puts rivals to shame in Valentine Day Cup

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 3:19:19 by

KARACHI, Feb 16: Fancied four-year-old bay colt Swell Victory lifted The Valentine Day Cup edging co-favourite five-year-old bay horse Janab Sahab by short head verdict in the Gymkhana race meeting at the Karachi Racecourse on Saturday.

The horse from the stables of owner Irfan Mehdi justified his credentials by making it two on trot. Ridden by riding boy M. Naeem and trained by M. Hanif, the winning horse clocked one minute 18 2/5 seconds for six furlongs in a repeat performance. The race was also day’s feature event.

Following a slow start, Swell Victory overtook front runners one by one in a small field of five runners and surged after getting into straight for home to win the honours.

Bay horse Shan-e-Sindh was placed third, two lengths and a quarter behind while mare Bankable completed the board finishing a further six-and-a-half lengths away.

A pair of horses — Tiny Terror and Eager Saint — belonging to the stables of owner Abdul Rashid Khaskheli – did him proud with a brace of winners in a seven-race card.

Champion jockey Mohammad Essa guided second favourite five-year-old bay horse Tiny Terror to a fluent three-and-a-half lengths victory to land the third race which was supporting event. He beat public fancy colt Gold Finger for the honours.

In the next, Eager Saint obliged owner and punters alike by getting the better of Days Inn by two lengths with M. Sajjad in the saddle in the next.

Rider Ashiq Ali turned out to be the pick of the day piloting home a splendid double. At the outset, he partnered outsider Star to Win to success beating public fancy Over Flow by neck in a close race.

Later he galloped second favourite Black Cobra to four lengths victory over fancied Cigar. This was Ashiq’s second victory on the same horse the previous being on Jan 13.

Mare Love For Sale made amends beating co-favourite La Maafi by four- and-a-half lengths while long shot Sugar Baby shocked Hot Black by a length in the remaining two races. Favourite Black Lady finished off the frame.

Meanwhile, the next Gymkhana race meeting will be held on Saturday.

Results:
THE GOODDAY PLATE FOR UNKNOWN HORSES 4 F:
Star To Win (M. Shakeel) 8-4, Ashiq Ali 1; Over Flow 8-8, M. Manzoor 2; Dabang 8-0 (cr8-2), Waheed Baran 3; Zeeshan Prince 8-0 M. Amjad 4.

Won by Neck, 4 L, 4 L. Time: 0.54 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Mujahid Ali.

THE GOODDAY PLATE CLASS VII DIV II 5 F:
Black Cobra (Chaudhry Mohammad Qasim) 9-0, Ashiq Ali 1; Cigar 9-0 (cr8-11), M. Naeem 2; Poonam 9-2 (cr8-11), Asad Aksir 3; Mard-e-Ahan 8-8, M. Yousuf 4.

Won by 4 L, 4 L, 6½ L. Time: One minute 4 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by Abid Ali.

THE GOODDAY PLATE CLASS VI AND VII DIV I 5 F:
Tiny Terror (Abdul Rashid Khaskheli) 8-12, Mohammad Essa 1; Gold Finger 9-5, M. Naeem 2; Black Orchid 8-3, M. Manzoor 3; Black Rose 8-2, Waheed Baran 4.

Won by 3½ L, 3 L, 2 L. Time: One minute 5 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by Ahmed.

THE GOODDAY PLATE CLASS VII DIV V 5 F:
Eager Saint (Abdul Rashid Khaskheli) 9-0, M. Sajjad 1; Days Inn 8-0 (cr8-2), Mohammad Essa 2; World Class 8-12 (cr8-7), Asad Aksir 3; James Bond 9-4 (cr8-11), Qaiser Durrani 4.

Won by 2 L, S. Head, 4 L. Time; One minute 7 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Shahid Ahmed.

THE VALENTINE DAY CUP CLASS V DIV I AND II ROUND BEND 6 F:
Swell Victory (Irfan Mehdi) 9-0, M. Naeem 1; Janab Sahab 9-0, Zaki Zakir 2; Shan-e-Sindh 9-10, Zaheed Ahmed 3; Bankable 8-7, M. Manzoor 4.

Won by S. Head, 2¼ L, 6½ L. Time: One minute 18 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by M. Hanif.

THE GOODDAY PLATE CLASS VII DIV IV 5 F:
Love For Sale (Behram Jan) 9-2 (cr8-13), Shahzad Gul 1; La Maafi 8-8, Zaki Zakir 2; Last Warning 9-0, Mohammed Essa 3; Ghijju Baba 7-10, Qaiser Durrani 4.

Won by 4½ L, 3¼ L, 6 L. Time: One minute 7 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Amjad Ali.

THE GOODDAY PLATE CLASS VII DIV III 5 F:
Sugar Baby (M. Iqbal) 8-5, M. Amjad 1; Hot Black 9-0, Waheed Baran 2; Thief Of Baghdad 8-12, Zaki Zakir 3; Jungle De Malka 8-12 (cr8-7), Asad Aksir 4.

Won by 1 L, 3½ L, 4 L. Time: One minute 6 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Abid Ali Jan.


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