Sweet Ruby runs off with Labour Day CupArchive
LAHORE: Four-year-old bay filly Sweet Ruby proved worth her name when she took the horse-racing fans by surprise in winning the Labour Day Cup during the concluding Lahore Winter Meeting at the Racecourse here on Sunday.
The A.B. Malik-trained Five to two chance Sweet Ruby, partnered by jockey Aamir Pervez challenged the front-running favourite colt No Regards (A. Raza up) in the straight and won the event, run over 1,200 metres by half-a-length, at the finish line. Hidden Passion finished third, two-and-a-half lengths back with the Colt Give Me The Green Light, a dismal fourth a distance further away.
The Saqibullah Khan-owned filly from an unknown pedigree, Sweet Ruby clocked a smart timing of one minute 13 1/5 seconds over the race distance.
The supporting event, the Kashmir Plate class VI division I & II run over 1,200 metres was claimed by unknown dark-bay colt Hurrum, who put up a smashing performance to defeat bay colt Show Card by three lengths. Sahil and No Way completed the frame among a dozen runners.
Chestnut horse Lucky Boy delighted his owner Col retired Naeem Sarwar by completing a hat-trick of victories with a front-running success in the fourth race. He beat Chand Pari by two lengths with Honey The Prince and Dera Dubai completing the frame.
It was a good day for the favourite backers when six of their fancies came home in a card of seven races.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VII DIV IV — 800M:
Buy And Sell (Babar Shaban Aslam) 7-10, Sunny Babu 1; Phantom 7-10, Imran Hussain 2; Princess Resham 8-6, Tahir Abbas 3; Naseeb Aya 8-10, Riaz Hussain 4. Won by 1½ L, 3 L, 1 L. Time 51 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Zahid Rasheed.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VII DIV III & IV — 800M:
Qadardan (Chaudhry M. Hanif) 8-10, M. Sajjad 1; Kali Ghata 8-12, Taimur Hussain 2; Chal Samney 8-4, Riaz Hussain 3; Raj Rawal 8-2, Munir II 4. Won by 1½ L, 3 L, 1 L. Time 50 2/5 seconds. Winner trained by Tanvir Aslam.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VII DIV II & III — 800M:
Sabre Queen (Liaquat Ali) 8-10, Aftab Chaudhry 1; Virsa 8-8, A. Raza 2; Lucky Game 7-12, M. Hanif 3; Ashal 8-6, Bilal Ahmed 4. Won by 2 L, Neck, 1¾ L. Time 49 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by owner.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VII DIV I &II — 800M:
Lucky Boy (Col retired Naeem Sarwar) 9-4, Shafqat 1; Chand Pari 8-4, Waheed Baran 2; Honey The Prince 8-0, Tahir Abbas 3; Dera Dubai 7-8, M. Hanif 4. Won by 2 L, 1 L, ¾ L. Time 49 seconds. Winner trained by M. Afzal.
THE LABOUR DAY CUP CLASS V DIV II & III — 1,200M:
Sweet Ruby (Saqibullah Khan) 8-4, Aamir Pervez 1; No Regards 8-6, A. Raza 2; Hidden Passion 7-10, Bilal Ahmed 3; Give Me The Green Light 8-8, M. Hanif 4. Won by ½ L, 2½ L, Distance. Time one minute 13 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by A.B. Malik.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VI DIV I & II — 1200M:
Hurrum (Makhdoomzada Syed Abbas Mehdi) 8-10, Aftab Chaudhry 1; Show Card 7-12, M. Hanif 2; Sahil 7-10, Sunny Babu 3; No Way 8-0, Shafqat 4. Won by 3 L, 9 L, 6 L. Time one minute 14 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by M. Afzal.
THE KASHMIR PLATE CLASS VI DIV III — 1,200M:
Admiral’s Walk (Shahid Islam) 8-2, M. Hanif 1; Anchor 9-0, Tahir Abbas 2; Lady Extempore 9-4, Javed Iqbal 3; Nikita 8-8, Munir II 4. Won by 3 L, Distance, ¾ L. Time one minute 14 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Amjad Ali II.
Published in Dawn, May 11th, 2015
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