Filly Eloise, a flat-to-the-boards third in Indian 1000 Guineas last Sunday over the course and Star Warrior, a head second in the Golconda 2000 Guineas at Hyderabad on the same day, made the field 14 strong in which trainer Pesi Shroff had five runners and Cooji Katrak three. Mr. Wadhwan had a quartet in his colours while Mr.Vijay Shirke, owner of last year’s darling Jacqueline, was represented by a trio. Mr. Shirke also had a share in the colt Macchupicchu. Eloise’s pacemaker Batista hit the front while Moon Star, who was expected to do the same for the winner, missed the kick and was last away from the barrier. Moon Star eventually weaved his way through the field to get on the heels of Batista and the two were abreast round the bend. Hughes had improved Ocean and Beyond, a 5/2 favourite, to be handy and he sent him on at the 400m marker. Beautiful Stranger was the first to throw down a challenge just that it wasn’t sustained. Sure Future was closing fast at the end but Hughes, who has ridden four winners of this race previously, had made his move at the right time and was able to hold on without undue alarms.
Ocean Beyond also provided Mr. Shyam Ruia’s Equus Stud with its maiden Indian classic winner. Mr. Ruia has been a member of the Managing Committe of the Royal Western India Turf Club for thirty five years continuously and Sayuri, the dam of Ocean and Beyond, was purchased at Goff’s November Sale in 2006 in the name of his pharmaceutical company, Raptakos, Brett & Co. Ltd. through Brian Grassick Bloodstock. Ocean and Beyond is bred on the same Kingmambo/Sadler’s Wells cross as this year’s Epsom Derby winner Workforce. This cross, which brings together three-parts brothers Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev, has produced a number of good winners of late and Ocean and Beyond is genetically closest to Godolphin’s staying, dual-German G1 winner Campanologist as both them belong to the same family (that of Devil’s Bag, Singspiel, Rahy, Saint Ballado and others). The family goes back to the Aga Khan mare Lindos Ojos and not many people will know that it was her son Priorate, a winner of Eclipse Stakes of India, who was the first big winner to come from it.