Commander,trained by Bezan Chenoy and ridden by Dashrath Singh,won the prestigious Nanoli Stud Pune Derby on Sunday. The crowd favourites Shivalik Hero and An Acquired Taste were both stunned into submission with the two finishing second and sixth respectively. Tintinnabulation,who stood third, was the second surprise of the day
As many as 10 races were held at the Pune Race Course on Sunday. The Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Million saw Turf Lightning,Bourbon Street and Portia finishing in the top three slots.
In the race for Volkswagen India Trophy Fire Engine,Word of Honour and Star Mountain finished in top three with only five horses running in the race. Fairy Queen,Lightening Thunder and Astromia won the top three places in the Lufthansa-Senator Trophy Div-1.
Race for the Pune Police Commissioners trophy was another close contest with Relic Hunter and Invictus finishing first and second respectively and Fortune Hunter third. In the Noshir and Dolly Dhunjibhoy Sprint Million race Nefyn,Blue Sky and Caribbean Queen finished on the podium. Ironically,Star Future failed to make a mark and finished fifth.
Vinayak Trophy DIV-1 saw Hemisphere,New World and Barringo bag the top three positions while Vinayak Trophy DIV-2 was won by Nicannora,Hurricane Wind and Milano Green. Stringsofmyheart,Ishpingo and Borderline finished on the top in the FA and KA Irani Trophy. The Lufthansa-Senator Trophy Div-2 saw Hill Ranger,Ashwa Apollo and Suntan Beauty bag the top three slots.