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Derby: A virtual cakewalk for Dandified
Dandified was first and the rest were nowhere in the Calcutta Monsoon Derby, which the Vijay Singh-trained horse made a virtual walk-in-the-park exercise, on Saturday.

His effortless victory, not only silenced his critics, and those who doubted his staying prowess, it also confirmed that the three-year-old colt, by Rebuttal out of Dandoona, possessed the class to take on the best of his age, on the country`s racing circuit. So ruthless and destructive was the 9-20 hot-favourite`s seven-length-plus victory that he is bound to start as an equally short-priced runner in the forthcoming winter classics, including the 2,400m Derby.

Dandified trainer was ecstatic when asked for his reaction. �I expected him to win the Derby but not the way he did;� said Vijay after the race. 

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

Dandified was held back with Secret Visit, in the rear, while Amor Amor and Aerator traded lead with Raznandan, Kinshasa and Secrecy in tow. Ridden on the bridle, and six-wide through the major part of the journey, Dandified was quick to gather the momentum at the halfway mark � as if programmed with a computer chip to do so � and was up with the front runners. Alford wasn`t seen even moving his muscles at any stage of the race, but Dandified knew his task. The horse shot into the lead, at the top of the home turn and was gone, with Alford left nothing to do but to stand on stirrups and throw up repeated glances.

Dandified, however, did not beat a good opposition, leave alone a classy one. But his manner and style of victory bore a stamp of class which is sure to take the local sport to greater heights.

Secrecy was best of the rest, in the Derby. The China Visit filly, the only one in the field who could boast of winning a 2,000m race -- as a preparatory run for the Derby -- was settled in fourth till the halfway stage. Jockey Suraj Narredu made a simultaneous move, when Dandified improved places, but for a lost cause. Secret Visit, too, covered a lot of ground from the rear in the second half of the slated trip but she was no match for Secrecy, leave alone Dandified. Incidentally, the first three slots in the Derby were occupied by Deepak Khaitan-owned horses.

Dandified (C Alford up), winner of the Calcutta Monsoon Derby (Gr.3), being led in by trainer Vijay Singh & Mr. Deepak Khaitan
The afternoon wasn`t bed of roses for other favourites. Dandified apart, Abronia was the only other favourite who delivered the goods in the afternoon`s seven-event race card. Abronia (Shailesh Shinde-up), a Darius Byramji-trained 9-20 hot-property in the 1,200m Alice Springs Trophy, was, however, fully stretched to beat Must Be Magic who led comfortably till a furlong from home. She a tough fight to the Abronia who got going only in the last 100m or so.

Vijay`s Imperial Delight wasn`t so lucky in the 1,200m Alternator Trophy. With Cee Four having been a morning withdrawal, it looked as a mere formality for Suraj Narredu, to guide the 6-10 hot-favourite home, in a four-horse field. The horse was, surprisingly, ridden well off the pace. It was trainer Vikash Jaiswal`s friendless Accord (Md Islam-up) who led by two lengths from the start and lasted out to stop the favourite by a shade under a length.

Earlier, Vikash`s solidly fancied Pine Valley had delivered the goods in the 1,400m Ascriptive Trophy. Ridden well in check, in the mid-division, while Seachange, Agnation, Promised Glory and Harey Putter showed some urgency, changing leads 300m from home, the 4-1 chance came on with a strong run on the wide out of the field to have an easy measure of Lenonidas, who also warmed up late, and also of Sea Change, the longtime leader who was shortening strides.

Trainer Bharath Singh`s Catchphrase was backed as a good thing at even-money, in the Desert Shot Trophy over 1,400 metres. However, the Burden Of Proof colt remained glued to the fifth berth all thorough the trip as Ijlal cut a hot pace upfront to upset the rhythm of most in the field. It was left to the strong finishers like Girl Of Glower, from trainer Farley Rodrigues`s yard, and the favourite`s friendless stablemate, Holy Head, to decide the outcome of the race. Girl Of Flower (Surjeet Singh-up), a 50-1 shot on the totalisator, covered plenty of ground in the stretch run to score by about a length.

Trainer Patrick Quinn`s Samarkhand was the third of the four shockers in the day`s card. Also ridden by Md Islam, the nine-year-old horse displayed a youthful penchant in the 1,400m Stewards` Trophy, to pay compliments to his mentor. Ridden well off the pace, as is his wont, the Greensmith son stormed on the scene, in the final 150m of the race, when Arktouros had established a clear advantage over a heavily fancied Regal Classic and the longtime leader Clear Mandate.

Trainer Robert Gowli`s long-shot Baskerville finally raised a winning flag, thanks to his preparations in a recent mock-race which helped his cause in the Steal The Glory Trophy. The Ontario five-year-old almost made every post of the 1,000m scurry a winning one to score easily over a late finishing Devilitto who also walked on the scene late and Sugar N Salt. The 14-10 favourite Songsters, eyeing for a back-to-back win, and the fancied lowlyweighted Magical Star raced in the mid-division all through the scurry..