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Trainer Vijay Singh`s prized colt, Dandified, had no peers in the seven-horse field lined up for the 1,600m Calcutta 2,000 Guineas, Saturday`s chief attraction. Bred at the Nanoli stud, the Rebuttal son just made it a walk-in-the-park exercise on his way to winning the second classic of the season which may serve him as the preparatory gallop for the all-important Derby, billed for January 8, next year. The long striding horse was seen galloping on his own all along the mile circuit while his rivals were off their bridles past the 600m marker. Jockey Christopher Alford was a mute mass, atop Dandified, and was never having to move his muscles as he chased stable-mate, Aerator, who cut a scorching pace, which worked well to the advantage of the quarter-money favourite. The horse did not even needed to be niggled as he cruised pass Aerator 300m from home.. 

Dandified (C Alford up), winner of the Calcutta Monsoon Derby (Gr.3), being led in by trainer Vijay Singh & Mr. Deepak Khaitan

It is a different matter that the Deepak Khaitan-property beat no champion on the national circuit. But consider his style of victory and also the fact that Dandified was ridden almost from the front in the Guineas, instead of being settled off the pace, which is his preferred style. Suffice is to say that Vijay has raised a star who is a fine blend of speed and stamina � the hallmark of a champion.

In the same race, Royal Blue Star and Welcome Smile were, obviously ridden flat out for the minor berths. They are no champions but they are certainly more than decent gallopers.

Trainer Nan Raghunath`s Candid Fury had a narrow measure of the Pesi Shroff-trained speedy youngster, Star Alone (Trevor Patel-up), in the baby race, the 1,200m B.K. Poddar Trophy. Ridden by Dashrath Singh, the Ikhtyar son, who was strongly fancied at 17-10, waited behind the two leaders, Star Alone and Saisoku, before joining the issue 300m from home to do the needful after a brief tussle inside the last furlong. Candid Fury`s winning chances had become rosier after his last outing conqueror, Cerise, had scored again, on Friday.

Shroff`s Il Bronzino (N.S.Parmar-up), however, found the target in the 2,000m T.N. Banerjea Trophy. The four-year-old, also an Ikhtyar son, was tight at the weights against Lionwoods, the 6-4 favourite, but defied the handicap to score rather easily than he was expected. Held back behind Emerald Star and Credit Swap, till 600m from home, Il Bronzino waited for the leaders to tire before shooting into the winning lead. The horse, however, defied a late challenge from Raznandan, instead of Lionwoods who was rusty in his movements.

Earlier, Shroff`s Arabica dismissed her critics` allegation that she, in the stewards` room, was presented her last victory on a silver salver. In the 1,600m Psychic Flame Handicap, the Burden Of Proof filly, ridden by Patel, scored a back-to-back win, demonstrating decent burst of speed in the final stretch. In the same race, Ashwa Prajot was a fair second inspite of jockey B. Gurang`s riding. Trainer Darius Byramji`s Lady Ship, who attracted a good support at 7-4, finished a poor third. And so did another heavily fancied runner Alicante who may have found the 8.5kg penalty, the mile trip, combined with her top weight to her disadvantage.

Vijay`s Danube Valley (Neeraj Rawal-up), who also disappointed, in his last try with a heavy impost on his back, found the going easy upon huge reduction at the weights, albeit in higher class. The 8-10 favourite won the 1,600m Noble View Handicap rather easily from Highland Pride, inspite of shifting out badly in the stretch run. In the same race, Dante Rossetti took no part in the proceedings, while a quietly fancied Autocrat found the mile circuit too long to his liking.

Dashrath did not falter in the 1,200m Aboline Trophy when he guided trainer Arti Doctor`s friendless runner, Romantic Impact, to a start to finish victory over the fancied stable-mate, Zillionaire and Vinayak`s River Star. In the same race, the 5-2 favourite Abronia cut a sorry figure, indicating that the Darius Byramji-trained filly needs more luck than merit to score in the highest set. Not denying her wide out draw in a 1,200m sprint, Abronia`s narrow victory over Glorious Invention, early in the season, was nothing to write home about, considering the doleful performance of the later, the previous day.

Arti`s Songstress and Victory Vibes, however, ran like duds in their respective events � the Robin Hood Handicap and the Aphroze Handicap, both run over 1,100 metres. Songstress (Alford-up) run was more disappointing of the two after the China Visit filly had performed brilliantly in her last outing for which she was slapped a 6.5kg penalty. She was at the helm but never appeared to be comfortable up-front and went back like a pricked balloon 300m from home. Her departure from the scene left Polariser (Tograllu-up) in a striking position but Cee Four`s late and threatening surge found trainer Dipak Karki`s charge missing the winning bracket virtually in the final stride. Others who narrowly missed the bus were Ardent N Graceful and Alize. Dashrath, on Ardent N Grace, in particular, lost the race he could have won, had he not lost ground after meeting with a check early in the race. The jockey also shuffled the course between the rails and the circuitous routes, nearing the final turn.

Victory Vibes and Thrice Blessed, the fancied runners in the Aphroze Handicap, fell victim to Whispering Hill`s strong arm tactics. The big-built and long striding horse established a four-length lead from the start and it upset their rhythms. Mrs Jones, also a speedster, wasn`t, however, rattled by the game plan of the Vinayak-trained horse. The John Stephens-trained filly, ridden by Russell Xaviers, was a handy third till a furlong from home and pounced on the tiring leader in the last 150m to score comfortably..