MUMBAI: Malesh Narredu-trained Pioneer from Manjri Stud dug deep to land his second victory in as many starts to clinch the second important feature event, the Ebco Worksmart Stakes Breeder’s Produce, a Grade 3 race late, on Saturday.
Pioneer was out of the gates in a flash but settled down in the third position as Kanchenjunga darted into the lead with favourite Adjudicate in second until the turn.
Kanchenjunga was fight a losing battle in the straight and soon Adjudicate got past to grab the lead.
Mozart, who was guilty of a tardy start, started to make his run from the outside and was picking up speed to make his presence felt.
Pioneer, ridden by PS Chouhan got going in the final furlong and accounted for stable-mate Adjuicate easily but had to contend with Mozart, who was looming large.
However, Pioneer powered away in the final 100m to stamp his authority and eventually win with something to spare. Mozart would rue his poor start which may have cost him the race. Adjudicate ran on but failed narrowly to hold on to the runner-up berth.
The lesser fancied runner winning at the expense of stable-mates is repeating with irritating regularity.
Punters were also a confused lot, but the big stables are not helping their cause by creating further confusion as to their intention by entering two good horses.
It is not always the best that wins making things even more confounding for the punters.