Greece strikes in St Moritz
There was international success for some familiar names this weekend with George Baker saddling a winner on the ice at St Moritz in Switzerland and Jimmy Fortune relegating Martin Dwyer to second in the McDowell Signature Premier Indian Derby.
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Baker struck with Ancient Greece in the Grand Prix American Airlines conditions stakes over a mile with Freddie Mitchell in the saddle.
The trainer wasn't present but told his blog on www.georgebakerracing.com: "Ancient Greece won on the frozen lake in St Moritz yesterday. Under Freddie Mitchell. And apparently with the minimum of fuss, although I have yet to see the contest....
"Beats running around Wolverhampton and Lingfield for £1700. And not bad for a 77 rated handicapper to travel all that way to beat the locals at their own game. Cat Illott has travelled AG out there, and she has clearly done a great job.....
"Cat reports the horse in grand order this morning, although blizzards have so far prevented her from taking AG out for a hack around the lake. The webcam on the "White Turf" website confirms that it is a pretty gloomy morning out there....".
Elaine Burke was also represented at St Moritz and her Tepmokea finished third under Shane Kelly in the Grand Prix Guardaval Immobilien.
Fortune's success came in much warmer climes as he partnered Super Storm to victory in the Indian classic in Mumbai for trainer Satish Narredu.
Super Storm scored by a length and a quarter from the Bangalore 2,000 Guineas winner Wind Stream who was ridden by Martin Dwyer, who was searching for his second win in the race.
Richard Hughes who, of course, picked up a lengthy ban when riding in India last year finished a short-head back in third.
Fortune told www.telegraph.co.uk: "I have not been here for about 11 years, but I am staying on for another six weeks now, so I'm hoping to capitalise on this success and to get a few more good rides and winners."
Rajesh Narredu, the co-owner of Super Storm, was ecstatic. "This is a dream come true. Super Storm has given us a great high and I thank Jimmy Fortune for the manner in which he delivered us our most cherished moments in racing.
"I would like to dedicate this wonderful success to my elder brother Suraj Narredu, who has been a source of inspiration to me right from our younger days. Super Storm will always remain a special horse to me" he said.