Race, 30 Dec. 2013
Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
credit of the same stud farm. The first came on November 23 at Calcutta and the second two days
later at Hyderabad. The leading stud farms have their websites on
which they are not really coy about proclaiming their achievements. That being
so, it is a bit galling that the concerned stud farm's website makes no mention
of these achievements, though more than a month has passed. (And that, of
course, leads to a doubt that its counting is better!)
Striking`s victory in the
Calcutta 1000 Guineas, Gr.3 was 300th Classic recorded by an Usha-bred... Usha
Stud's first Classic winner Manitou came at Bangalore in 1977. Manitou was also
the first ever foal born at the Usha Stud. Usha Stud got to its century in 1991
and to its double century in 2001. The third hundred has come faster than the
first but the second was the fastest.
When Apparition won the Deccan Bookmakers' Golconda 2000 Guineas,
Gr.2, she provided Razeen his 50th win as a broodmare sire. Razeen is the first
stallion in the country to reach a half century through his daughters. He is
also the only stallion with a century of classic from his own 'gets'. What a
Well done, Razeen! Well done, Usha Stud!!
Charlatan's Calcutta 2000 Guineas, Gr.2 was the first in Dr. Vijay
Mallya's colours and it
enabled the owner to reach a landmark. With that win, Dr. Mallya has now won every Classic in India at
least once other than the Nilgiris Classics.
Only Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy has the enviable record
of having won every Classic; including the Nilgiris
By the way, how is it that every race caller has the exact number
of Classics won in the gold-and-brown colours? Have
you ever heard a commentator mentioning Razeen's
100th win or Byramji's 200th win? Sponsorship is good
for racing but not when it extends to commentators.