Wonder filly Adjudicate left not an iota of doubt in any sceptic’s mind about her staying ability as she trounced the opposition in the Calcutta Derby Stakes at RCTC on Sunday and pocketed a winner’s prize of Rs 65 lakh for her connections. Sired by Multidimensional out of Alvarita, the winner of three consecutive classics at this centre is bred at the Sohna Stud farm.
Visiting jockey David Allan rode a well-planned race as he permitted the front-runners Advika, Angelino and Point To Prove to call the shots till the top of the straight before making his move. Such was his mount’s incredible turn of foot, that she was able to the head the pace-setters in a trice. Thereafter, trainer James Mckeown’s ward was simply striding away from the others. David peeped over his shoulder about 100 metres from home. Seeing his mount well clear, he nonchalantly removed the left riding glove with his teeth well before the winning post and gave the filly a pat or two. Barbaresco ran on to occupy the runner-up berthover nine lengths behind and incurred a whopping penalty of 40 points for his good effort. This means that the Pesi Shroff-trained gelding is well and truly in the top category of the handicap scale after winning a sole maiden’s race in his maiden start.
Barbaresco was followed by Shivansh, who ran as good a race as can be expected of him and the none too impressive Angelino. The fillies Oriana and Aashna disappointed as well.