Sparkling makes amends with Balakot Cup triumph.
LAHORE -- Bay filly Sparking, who was thrice beaten in her previous outings, landed the Balakot Cup during the first day/night Lahore Winter Meeting on seasonal debut at the floodlit Racecourse here on Sunday evening
The 70-100 favourite Sparking, trained by Rashid Aziz, was given a superb ride by jockey Tahir Abbas to beat onrushing bay filly Me Raqsam with chestnut horse Gondal Prince third, half-a-length further back third. The time recorded on the soggy track was one minute 9 2/5 much slower than the normal timing over 1,100 metres distance.
A moderate rain shower which pelted over various parts of the city had made the lush green grass track wet, which delayed the start of the racing programme by over half-an hour.
The winning owner Khawaja Mohammad Atif received the cup from Lahore Race Club (LRC) member Adil Hayat soon after the race.
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Her victory gave Tahir Abbas his second winner of the day after his lucky win on bay gelding Salam-e-Lahore on an objection which he lodged against winning bay filly Qamar Choice was upheld by LRC stewards for crossing without being two lengths ahead in violation of the rule.
Trainer Rashid Latif too was accredited with yet another success when he sent Madhuri Dixit to win the supporting event and complete a well-earned double.
The LRC stewards came down hard on rider Mohammad Zulfiqar, who was given marching order with a six-month suspension along with a fine of Rs30,000 for not allowing bay gelding Turab Prince to run on merit in the second race.
Sunday's races were attended by LRC chairman, Tariq Aziz, stewards retired Lt Col Masud Pervez, Khawaja Mohammad Arif and Fawad Ahmad Cheema and Jockey Club of Pakistan chairman and ex-chief secretary Punjab Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa besides a number of LRC members.
The next races will be held on Saturday because of Muharram-ul-Haram.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR PLATE CLASS VII DIV V - 900M:
Dil De Shahzadi (Chaudhry Abdul Hameed) 8-10, Ghulam Haider 1; Chamak 8-6, Mohammad Atif 2; Daniel Bryan 8-6, Riaz Hussain 3; Royal Performer 8-10, Munir Hussain 4.
Won by 2 L, Head, 1A1/4 L. Time: one minute 0 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Sajid Mahmood.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR CUP CLASS VII DIV V - 900M:
Safdar Princess (Asim Raza) 9-0, Babar Rehman 1; Hockey Star 8-2, Mohammad Hanif 2; Albela 9-0, Tahir Abbas 3; Good Action 8-2, Pervez Bhatti 4.
Won by 1 L, Neck, Distance. Time: 58 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Tanvir Aslam.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR PLATE CLASS VII DIV IV and V - 900M:
Lala Rukh (Amir Randhawa) 8-8, S. Moin 1; She Is Rawal 8-10, Shakeel Mahmood 2; Janab 9-4, Munir Hussain 3; Zil Prince 8-6, Javed Akhtar 4.
Won by 3 L, 6 L, Neck. Time: 59 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by S. Ammad.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR PLATE CLASS VII DIV IV - 1,100M:
Salam-e-Lahore (Mohammad Latif) 8-10, Tahir Abbas 1; Zoaq-e-Yaqeen 8-8, Mohammad Atif 2; New Sonia 8-12, Deenar Mirwani 3; Qamar Choice 9-0, Ghaus Bakhsh 4. (Qamar Choice disqualified after winning the race on objection).
Won by objection, 2 A1/2 L, 4 A1/2 L. Time: one minute 11 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Salahuddin.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR PLATE CLASS VII DIV III and IV - 1,100M:
Nadaan (Makhdoom Saad Asfandyar) 9-0, Bilal Ahmed 1; Blue Max 8-6, Tahir Abbas 2; Red Boy 8-2, Safdar Ali 3; After Hero 8-12, Tahir Abbas 4.
Won by Neck, 2A1/2 L, 8 L. Time: one minute 11 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Mohammad Mumtaz.
THE BALAKOT CUP CLASS VI - 1,100M:
Sparking (Khawaja Mohammad Atif) 9-0, Tahir Abbas 1; Me Raqsam 7-12, Munir Hussain 2; Gondal Prince 9-2, Aftab Chaudhry 3; Sajawal 8-0, Mohammad Hanif 4.
Won by A1/2 L, A1/2 L, 7 L. Time: one minute 9 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Rashid Latif.
THE MOJ-E-BAHAR PLATE CLASS VII DIV I and II - 1,100M:
Madhuri Dixit (Khawaja Mohammad Atif) 9-0, Mohammad Hanif 1; Big Foot 7-12, Babar Rehman 2; Abdullah Princess 8-10, Aftab Chaudhry 3; Salam-e-Dera 8-10, S. Raza 4.
Won by 1A3/4 L, A1/2 L, 8 L. Time: one minute 10 seconds. Winner trained by Rashid Latif.