Adjudicate creates history on the Invitation Weekend
MYSORE: Kolkata's horses dominated the second day of the Invitation weekend in the Mysore Racecourse on Sunday.
Queen Calcutta Judge who had won the Indian turf invitation cup Last year in Hyderabad, he ruled again to claim the coveted crown for the second consecutive year.
The mare trained by James McKeown not only became the first to win the Invitation Cup in successive years, but also became the first thoroughbred of more than four years to win this prestigious race, since all the horses of Age were allowed to participate from 2014 onwards.
She is simply amazing, said rider YS Srinath later.
With Star Superior showing the way once the 14-horse field settled down, Srinath kept Judge in the rear. He gradually improved to be sixth turning for the home stretch when old war horse Desert God had taken charge. Srinath guided Judge through the field and found an opening with 200 metres to go. Judge flew in the last part to register a fantastic victory at longer odds.
Mumbai challenger Juliette ran an impressive second to finish ahead of the Desert God. "Just a bump from Paso Robles unsettled Juliette little bit in the final bend, and, in the end, it proved costly," trainer Karthik Ganapathy I told TOI after the race.
Earlier, the Calcutta contender, Trafalgar, claimed the Great Mile of PK Mehra authoritatively.