Sunrise rises to lift New Year Cup at Karachi racesArchive
KARACHI: Second favourite unknown pedigree bay mare Sunrise did his owner proud while lifting The New Year Cup in the Gymkhana race meeting at the Karachi Racecourse on Sunday.
The champion mare won the race as she pleased by nine lengths as favourite dark bay horse One Way II had to be content with second place among seven starters.
Chestnut horse King’s Hand occupied third place on the board after being beaten by seven-and-a-half lengths while bay mare Rubai completed the frame finishing eight-and-a-half lengths further away.
Owned by Karachi Race Course (KRC) steward Irfan Mehdi, the victorious mare was ridden by Wasim and partnered by trainer Shahid Mannan.
Another second favourite bay horse Follow My Shadow followed suit in the next race while powering to a similar nine lengths victory over public fancy Grace Bhakkar.
The triumph which was first for the owner Syeda Javeria Nadeem, added colour as it coincided with the New Year.
Lovely Baby and Satisfy seized the next two places respectively on board.
At the outset, horse racing connoisseurs celebrated the New Year with joy when favourites obliged all and sundry in the first two races of the card.
Unknown pedigree chestnut horse Almeer registered a convincing six-and-a-half lengths victory over Kalu Khan to land the opener.
Mare Loot Lo made amends of her last defeat when she edged Choco Bar by half-a-length to claim the next race.
THE NEW YEAR PLATE SCALE ORDER VIII 4½ F:
Almeer (Zia-ur-Rehman) 9-0, Mohammad Manzoor 1; Kalu Khan 8-2, A. Ahmed 2; Blue Flame 8-1, Zaki Zakir 3; Beautiful Rose 8-5, Ghous Bux 4. Won by 6½ L, 2½ L, 3½ L. Time: 0.59 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by owner.
THE NEW YEAR PLATE SCALE ORDER VII 4½ F:
Loot Lo (Rana Babar Hussain) 9-4 (cr9-1), A. Ahmed 1; Choco Bar 8-12, Mohammad Nasir 2; Sea Gold 7-9, Zaki Zakir 3; Rana The Great 7-10, Mohammad Manzoor 4. Won by ½ L, 1¾ L, 3½ L. Time: 0.59 1/5 seconds. Winner trained by S. Khan.
THE NEW YEAR CUP SCALE ORDER III AND IV 5 F:
Sunrise (Irfan Mehdi) 8-3, Wasim 1; One Way II 9-0, Mohammad Nasir 2; King’s Hand 8-13 (cr8-10), Ghous Bux 3; Rubai 8-9, Kashif Qamar 4 Won by 9 L, 7½ L, 8½ L. Time: One minute 3 3/5 seconds. Winner trained by Shahid Mannan.
THE NEW YEAR PLATE SCALE ORDER V AND VI 5 F:
Follow My Shadow (Syeda Javeria Nadeem) 8-0, Kashif Qamar 1; Grace Bhakkar 9-0 (cr8-11), Ghous Bux 2; Lovely Baby 8-3, Zaki Zakir 3; Satisfy 7-8 (cr8-3), Mohammad Manzoor 4. Won by 9 L, 1½ L, Neck. Time: One minute 4 4/5 seconds. Winner trained by Ghulam Channa.
Published in Dawn, January 2nd, 2017