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Deepthika Jayakody (right) receives the RTC First Diwali Cup from former Channa Wickramasinghe (3rd from right). Others in the picture are trainer of Alcazaba S.P.A. Raju, RTC official Panduka Keerthinanda, jockey L. Dayalan

Deepthika Jayakody’s Alcazaba claimed the first ever Diwali Festival Cup at the Diwali Festival Race Day conducted by the Royal Turf Club (RTC) held at Nuwara Eliya Race Course on October 29.

Alcazaba was well in front of the second placed Chul Bul Panday, owned by Anura Delgoda. Silver Streak, also owned by Deepthika Jayakody, came third.

The first race of the day was won by Snow Queen, who clinched the Pegasus Cup unchallenged, followed by Augusta and The Cardinal.

The Mayor’s Cup was won by Icelandic while Gazaki took the second place. The RTC Gentleman’s Cup, was won by Torpedo, who galloped to an easy win ahead of Don Hasa and Royal Oak.

In the race for the RTC President Cup, Absolute Red claimed success by finishing off well ahead of Supreme and Glittering.

Carbrese won the RTC Charity Cup, while in a thrilling photo finish, City Shot and Reabath were declared joint champions of the Festival of Lights Cup.

Deepthika Jayakody gave the spectators present a glimpse of the RTC fashion collection, while the Best Hat was won by Ms Sunderam who received a voucher from Mosh. The Best Couple were Mr and Mrs Sunderam who received a voucher from the Colombo Hilton for two nights.

Results:
Race 1: Pegasus Cup
1: Snow Queen (A. Vishwanath/Anura Delgoda)
2: Augusta (M. Mohanraj/J.R. Irugalbandara)
3: The Cardinal (S. Sugandan/Jayaratne Stud Farms)
Race 2: Mayor’s Cup
1: Icelandic (S. Sugandan/Jayaratne Stud Farms)
2: Gazaki (Irvan Singh/Mr. and Mrs. Rienzie Edwards)
Race 3: RTC Gentleman’s Cup
1: Torpedo (A. Vishwanath/Anura Delgoda)
2: Don Hasa (S. Suganthan/Mr. and Mrs. Jayaratne)
3: Royal Oak (S. Dasadaran/Jayaratne Stud Farms)
Race 4: RTC President Cup
1: Absolute Red (S. Sugandan/RTC)
2: Supreme (Irvan Singh/Deepthika Jayakody)
3: Glittering (K. Sanjeevan/Mr. and Mrs. Rienzie Edwards)
Race 5: RTC First Diwali Festival Cup
1: Alcazaba (L. Dayalan/Deepthika Jayakody)
2: Chul Bul Panday (A. Vishwanath/Anura Delgoda)
3: Silver Streak (Irvan Singh/Deepthika Jayakody)
Race 6: RTC Charity Race
1: Carbrese (K. Sanjeewan/Deepthika Jayakody)
2: Queen of Hills (M. Mohanraj/C.K. Rajapakshe)
3: Millenium Queen (Sumith Kumar/Sudakar)
Race 7: Festival of Lights Cup
1: Reabath (K. Sanjeewan/Vasanthi Stables)
1: City Shot (S. Daradhan/S. Loganathan)
2: Arundathi (Sumith Kumar/S. Periyasamy)

A close finish as City Shot (1) and Reabath (right) experiences a dead heat in the Festival of Lights Cup race. The race was declared a tie
A close finish as City Shot (1) and Reabath (right) experiences a dead heat in the Festival of Lights Cup race. The race was declared a tie
Absolute Red (3) finishes ahead of Supreme (2) and Glittering (4) to win the RTC President Cup
Absolute Red (3) finishes ahead of Supreme (2) and Glittering (4) to win the RTC President Cup