Serjeant At Arms completes formality; wins 2000 Guineas

Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 12:24 IST | Prakash Gosavi |

Champion colt Serjeant At Arms, surprisingly opening at 8/10 in the ante-post betting market only to be spiritedly backed down to become a piping-hot half-money proposition at race time, justified the inspired support when he decimated his rivals when winning the Panchshil Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1), the feature event of the Sunday card. Jockey A Sandesh partnered the S Attaollahi ward

Champion colt Serjeant At Arms, surprisingly opening at 8/10 in the ante-post betting market only to be spiritedly backed down to become a piping-hot half-money proposition at race time, justified the inspired support when he decimated his rivals when winning the Panchshil Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1), the feature event of the Sunday card. Jockey A Sandesh partnered the S Attaollahi ward.

No contest
As the starter flagged them off, Sandesh took a good jump astride Serjeant At Arms and decided to stalk pacemaker House Of Commons (CS Jodha up), who was followed by Lucas (Suraj Narredu up) and Supreme General (PS Chouhan up), with the rest of the field detached by a gap of three lengths.

House Of Commons shot his bolt negotiating the final turn, and Serjeant At Arms was still cruising on a tight rein when Sandesh grabbed the lead immediately on turning for home. Thereafter, it was all over bar the shouting of the favourite's supporters, as the champion colt bounded away in solitary splendour to stop the clock at 1:36.49 for the mile trip. Such was the devastating acceleration of the winner that Supreme General who briefly attempted to give him chase paid heavy price and was finally knocked off even from the place spot. The two minor places were both filled by horses racing in Shapoor Mistry's silks, Lucas and St Andrews, the last named improving position from the rear.

"D" Day
It turned out to be a lucky day for the Dhunjibhoy family, who own the 2000 Guineas winner along with their friend Vispi R Patel. The Ikhtyar - Rahy's Serenade three-year-old colt was also bred at their Nanoli stud farm. The Dhunjibhoys also won the two major supporting events on the Sunday card when Vishal Gaekwad-trained Renee (Sandesh up) made a successful wire-to-wire bid in the Seth Ramnath Daga Trophy, and an hour later, trainer Hosidar Daji saddled Critics Choice owned by them to win the grade 3, Gracias Saldhnha Memorial Million in the hands of jockey Neeraj Rawal.

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