Immortality wins Indian Derby Jockey Suraj Narredu scores Derby hat-trick


Four-year-old filly Immortality immortalized herself by inscribing her identify on the Indian Derby scroll of honour on the Mahalaxmi racecourse on Sunday. Trained by Pesi Shroff, the Usha stud-bred daughter of Multidimensional (out of Psychic Light) displayed wonderful flip of foot within the fingers of jockey Suraj Narredu when she powered her well past foremost rival Forest Flame (P Trevor up) to submit a spectacular victory within the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby (Gr 1), the characteristic occasion of Sunday`s eight-race card at Mahalaxmi.
Suraj Narredu settled Immortality in mid-bunch, a few lengths behind Forest Flame who raced in fifth berth, as first Successor (J Chinoy up) after which Ashwa Bravo (A Imran Khan up) known as the tune. Round the ultimate flip, jockey P S Chouhan astride Alluring Silver created a flutter when he sneaked in from the inside rails to take cost, and shortly opened a great hole. Sensing hazard, P Trevor set Forest Flame alight with out losing time, and Suraj Narredu additionally alerted Immortality to go after her. Nearing the gap submit, Alluring Silver threw within the towel, and Forest Flame struggled to remain in the identical place at the same time as Immortality received stronger with every passing stride. Immortality lastly spared a length-and-a-half to Forest Flame, who in flip, spared an identical distance to Alluring Silver. The winner clocked 2m 28.68s for the gap of two,400 meters.
With Immortality`s Indian Derby success, Suraj Narredu accomplished a hat-trick of Derby victories, as he had additionally gained the coveted race with Star Superior (2019) and War Hammer (2020) on the identical venue. The ace rider, who celebrated his 2000 profession wins final 12 months, took his Derby tally to 4 wins as he had tasted his first success within the race with Be Safe in 2015. 
Ironically, with this Derby hat-trick Suraj equaled the file of none apart from Pesi Shroff, the coach of Immortality. It could also be famous that Pesi Shroff was the primary and (thus far) the one jockey with a Derby hat-trick to his credit score: Exhilaration (1989), Desert Warrior (1990) and Star Fire Girl (1991).
Father, household & followers
“I dedicate this victory to my father, family and fans who have stood by me in the most turbulent times I have faced in the last couple of months,” the profitable jockey, Suraj Narredu, stated after the race. It could also be famous that the ace jockey was lately embroiled in an argument after he misplaced a race astride the piping-hot favorite Salazaar on the Bangalore racetrack and was punished by the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) stewards, earlier than the board of enchantment stayed his punishment and allowed him to journey. 
Incidentally, the identical Salazaar, who landed Suraj within the eye of a storm, posted a facile victory within the grade 2, C N Wadia Gold Cup within the fingers of one other jockey, A Sandesh, setting the tongues of Suraj`s detractors wagging once more. It was to the credit score of the jockey that he put all these destructive happenings behind, and targeted on his Derby journey, to create historical past for himself and the connections of Immortality. 
Luthrias thrilled
Ameeta Mehra, who bred Immortality at her Usha stud farm, led within the Indian Derby winner in entrance of the smallest ever crowd within the historical past of the massive race. She was accompanied by her companion Mrs Liane Luthria who was overjoyed to steer in her first Indian Derby winner. Liane`s husband, film-maker Milan Luthria, who’s chairman of the stewards` physique of the race membership, additionally joined within the celebration. Winning the Indian Derby is each horse proprietor`s dream, and Milan and Liane have been clearly thrilled. Later, Milan stated that as a household concerned with racing for a number of generations, it was a fantastic feeling to lastly lead in a Derby winner. He thanked Ameeta for providing them a share in Immortality.
Raining kisses
Generally not recognized to publicly show her feelings, Ameeta Mehra made an exception this time when main in Immortality. She kissed Immortality a number of occasions, and appeared to whisper into the filly`s ears. She didn’t shrink back from answering when requested about this uncommon emotional show. 
“At the farm, she (Immortality) was not a showy filly, she was rather calm and composed all the time,” Ameeta stated, “you know, for us, horses are not animals, they are `beings`, if you know what I mean. They understand, they communicate, just like us humans.” 
She additional added, “Immortality always talked to me with her eyes, and at the farm I must have kissed her 20,000 times to communicate with her.” When requested how she selected the identify “immortality” for the filly, Ameeta subtly advised she had Derby success in thoughts for the tremendous filly when she named her Immortality, hinting on the glory quotient of the Indian Derby which nearly immortalizes its winner for posterity.
Ending drought
Immortality additionally ended a decade lengthy drought for coach Pesi Shroff. The champion coach was as soon as India`s most profitable Derby profitable jockey, having gained eight Indian Derby titles in his driving profession, a file unequalled anyplace on this planet. 
However, as a coach, he had persistently drawn a clean for over a decade after saddling his first Derby winner Jacqueline in 2010. Immortality lastly broke the jinx for coach Shroff after a dry spell of 11 years.




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