Horses change track; meet put off

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Horse Power: JS Shekhawat (right) of ARPA and Hassnein Mirza of ASC (left) in action during an exhibition match in Bangalore on Tuesday. DH photo

All the 26 ASC horses, travelling in a carriage from Delhi, were to be tagged to another train heading to Bangalore at Vijayawada. But the carriage remained attached to the Delhi train and eventually ended up in Chennai.

The organisers then changed the dates to accommodate ASC, providing ample time for the horses to be moved to the City by Wednesday afternoon.
“The decision was taken in a show of goodwill and it’s a good decision.
“The incident was completely unforeseen and the team deserves a chance after such an unfortunate event,” an ASC official said.

Meanwhile, ASC players, riding horses from the Agram Riding Polo Academy, played out a 6-6 draw with the latter in an exhibition game on Tuesday.
The ASC campus polo field, that was rendered wet and dangerous after the evening showers, did put a question mark on the possibility of the match taking place. But as soon as the sun came out so did the team members.
ARPA were superior in possessional game for most part of the match but ASC players, riding horses not familiar to them, did a good job of drawing the match.

AP Singh and Shakti Rathore scored two goals each while Prashanth Thakur and Hassnein Mirza scored one apiece for ASC. For ARPA, Mangal Singh and Joginder Singh Shekawat found the target on two occasions each while Narwal and Ramesh scored one goal each.

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