KARACHI: Rank outsider chestnut horse Race shocked favourite filly Snow White in a close finish to land the Dreamer Cup in the winter Gymkhana race meeting at the Karachi Racecourse on Saturday.
Having finished third in his first outing of New Year in the same scale order last weekend, Race presented owner Aziz-ul-Haq Rind with a winner edging the public fancy horse by head.
Chestnut horse Big Smo, who was withdrawn at declaration in his last race on Jan six, settled third half-a- length behind while chestnut horse Olympus One completed the frame beaten by a length-and-a-half among seven starters.
It was the supporting event of the day’s races and contested over five furlongs.
Unknown pedigree bay mare Zareen, who was denied to stretch her winning run by Sayeen Jee last weekend, returned to winning ways galloping to a whooping nine lengths victory over stable mate Cherish to win the next race, which was also the feature event.
The victorious Zareen was ridden home by Mohammad Sajjad, who was declared Champion Rider of the Year (2017) and sent by trainer Mohyuddin.
Both Zareen and Cherish belonged to the stables of the KRC patron Syed Singhatullah Shah Pir Pagara.
Lovely Baby had to be content with third place, three-and-a-half lengths away while My Beauty completed the board further beaten by nine lengths.
At the outset, co-favourite unknown pedigree bay horse Usman Prince presented his owner Haji Sahib Jan with a maiden winner in the opening race by getting the better of mare Salam Kashmir as co-favourite mare Sweet Sereena was placed third ahead of Sonia Again.
Carrying from where she had left in the preceding year, favourite mare Winter opened the New Year on winning note galloping to a splendid 10 lengths victory over Black Darling in the second race to the delight of punters.
It is pertinent to mention that Winter had won the last two races of the preceding year.
Shandar Love and Day Breaker followed the next two places on board respectively.
THE DREAMER PLATE SCALE ORDER VII AND VIII 4½ F:
Usman Prince (Haji Sahib Jan) 8-1, Ghous Bux 1; Salam Kashmir 8-9, Waheed Baran 2; Sweet Sereena 9-0, Pervez Ali 3; Sonia Again 9-0, Sohail Ahmed 4.
Won by 4½ L, 9 L, 5 L. Time: 0.59 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by Amjad Ali.
THE DREAMER PLATE SCALE ORDER VI AND VII 5 F:
Winter (Zainab Ali and Aariz Nawaz) 8-9, Sohail Ahmed 1; Black Darling 7-10, Asad Aksir 2; Shandar Love 8-7, Mohammad Sajjad 3; Day Breaker 8-6, Waheed Baran 4.
Won by 10 L, ½ L, ½ L. Time: One minute 3 4/5 seconds. Winner trained by Mohammad Sharif.
THE DREAMER CUP SCALE ORDER V AND VI 5 F:
Race (Aziz-ul-Haq Rind) 8-7, Asad Aksir 1; Snow White 8-4, Mohammad Amjad 2; Big Smo 8-4, Pervez Ali 3; Olympus One 9-0, Ghous Bux 4.
Won by Head, ½ L, 1 ½ L. Time: One minute 4 4/5 seconds. Winner trained by Tanvir Abbasi.
THE DREAMER PLATE SCALE ORDER III AND IV 5 F:
Zareen (Syed Sibghatullah Shah Pir Pagara) 8-0, Mohammad Sajjad 1; Cherish 8-5, Ghous Bux 2; Lovely Baby 8-0, Asad Aksir 3; My Beauty 9-0, Tariq Baran 4.
Won by 9 L, 3½ L, 9 L. Time: One minute 2 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Mohyuddin.
Published in Dawn, January 14th, 2018