The Vijay Singh-trained classy filly Success (Suraj Narredu) fully justified her top billing, on way to clinching the 2,400m Wolf777 Calcutta Derby Stakes (Grade-I) here on Sunday. Many had doubted whether the daughter of Havana Gold could repeat her Oaks victory over the identical trips within thirteen days but the pint-sized filly, with a large heart, proved her critics wrong.
Calcutta:The Vijay Singh-trained classy filly Success (Suraj Narredu) fully justified her top billing, on way to clinching the 2,400m Wolf777 Calcutta Derby Stakes (Grade-I) here on Sunday. Many had doubted whether the daughter of Havana Gold could repeat her Oaks victory over the identical trips within thirteen days but the pint-sized filly, with a large heart, proved her critics wrong.
In a fast-run race, Suraj brought Success from way off the pace to tackle stable-mate Monteverdi in the final furlong. Trevor Patel, too, brought the James McKeown-trained Trevalius, from the tail end, with a big run to join the favourite at the finish.
The duo stirred some excitement in the stands as Success gained the day by half a length, giving trainer Vijay Singh his thirteenth win in the coveted event.
Vijay Singh dominated the eight-event card with a quintet while Suraj scored a treble, leaving Trevor and Imran Chisty clinch a brace of wins apiece.
Regency Smile (Imran Chisty) set the ball rolling for Vijay in the opener, scoring easily over top-weighted stable-mate Presidential. As a result, the Kingda Ka filly notched up her third victory in just as many weeks.
Arabian Queen gave an armchair ride to Suraj in the Wolf 777 Mile, and without raising a sweat. In the same race, Rimel just about edged out the winner's stable-mate, Whistle Blower, for second berth.
Odin, another favourite from Vijay's yard came up trumps in the Wolf777 Cup over 2,000 meters. Stable-mate Prosperous Prince showed some spark to finish runner-up.
The Wolf 777 Dash, over 1,100 meters, saw Vikas Jaiswal-trained Mount Reno spoil the party of the Manvendra Singh-trained Bread N Butter who was backed down to ‘evens’ from 3s. Imran Chisty, once again, excelled in the saddle. But don’t stop short of making a note of Castillo, who finished third.
The fifth and sixth races saw Trevor excelling on B. Mahesh-trained Blue Origin and Aashay Doctor-trained Cape Tanaros, respectively. Both were backed down to favouritism at the race time. Astride Blue Origin, Trevor got a flier from the inner draw and maintained the momentum till the end, countering a late challenge from Jean Lafette (S. Saqlain) by half a length. Consistent Devushka finished third.
The Hyderabad Race Club Cup was picked up Aashay Doctor-trained Cape Tanaros scoring his fourth win of the season. Taken to the front by Trevor, the son of Western Aristocrat gave no anxious moments to his followers to score from Galen and Exotic Queen.
The concluding event was for Vijay Singh’s asking the trainer’s Yazh (Hindu Singh) finally behave at the starting gates. The race was a mere formality for the Win Legend filly, who scored by five long lengths from Swift Lady. D Gold Digger garnered maximum support in the race, but could only finish third.