Sunday is an exciting day for Indian horse racing, so read on to discover our Bangalore Race Club wagering tips for this weekend’s races. Naturally, we’ll be providing all the betting odds offered at the online bookies for horse race betting fans.
With the Derby done and dusted, it’s time for the longest of the five classic races in India – the Bangalore St Leger. This marquee event is slated for Sunday this weekend, along with six other races. To provide some contrast to the punishing endurance race that is St Leger, we will also be looking at a shorter sprint as part of our weekend Bangalore Race Club wagering preview.
Bangalore Race Club Wagering Racing Tips For July 28th
Before checking out the main event, let’s start our Bangalore Turf Club wagering tips with a look at the top contenders in the Marilingaiah Memorial Trophy:
1. The Marilingaiah Memorial Trophy
This is a Class 2 race for horses rated between 45 and 65. It is a quite short sprint with a distance of just around 1200m. We have a packed field for this race, as the card indicates that 14 horses have signed up. Scheduled to take place at 3:30 PM on Sunday, this race will be immediately followed by St Leger. The total prize purse for the Marilingiah Trophy is a very respectable INR 680,400, or around 8000 GBP.
This bay filly has caught the eye of punters in recent months. Constantinople is a progeny of Burden of Proof (IRE) and Corsican Gal. Trained by SS Attaollahi, Constantinople has finished six out of her seven races in the top four, with two wins so far. She will have her regular jockey P Trevor in the saddle for this race, which should boost her chances further.
Treasure Delight is a bay gelding from the loins of Midnight Interlude (USA) off dam Celestial Treasure. It’s also another horse with a solid start to his career. Trained by S Narredu, Treasure Delight has raced six times so far. Much like Constantinople, he too has finished most of his races in the top four, with one solitary win coming in November 2018. Suraj Narredu will pilot the horse on Sunday.
A strong sprinter with a clutch of wins in the 1200 and 1100m distances, this dark brown gelding comes from the stables of Neil Darashah. War Hero was sired by Strong Suit (USA) off Donttellmewhattodo (USA). The last of his three wins (out of 11 runs) came on June 30th. With jockey R Manish in the saddle, War Hero will be raring to go on Sunday.
Our Picks – Constantinople is a safe choice for the win if the odds makers start listing at 5/1, with War Hero coming a close second. We also like the look of Treasure Delight as a long shot pick for this race.
2. Tetrasoft Inc. Bangalore St. Leger
With a distance of 2800m, this Grade 2 race is definitely not one for sprinters. The term race is open to horses above four years of age and we can expect to see some strong stayers in this one. The field is quite small, with just six horses on the race card for the 2019 edition of the St Leger. But it is a strong bunch, with an average rating of 99, which is the highest we have seen in recent years.
On the longer races above 2400m, this seven-year-old is almost invincible, with 9 wins out of 10. But age is fast catching up with the son of Burden of Proof (IRE) and Running Flame, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to win an unprecedented fourth St Leger on Sunday. Desert God has won most of his races with jockey A Sandesh who returns for Sunday’s race, further enhancing his chances. S Padmanabhan also trains Desert God, one of the most decorated trainers out there.
Providing competition to Desert God will be his half-sibling sired by Burden of Proof off dam Saddle Star. Salazaar is a chestnut rig one year younger than his sibling. Trained by Irfan Ghatala, he has won against his brother in the past, but on shorter distances. With eight wins out of 24 races, he has a recent record of 2-3-6-2-2. Jockey Suraj Narredu will hope to improve on that in the St Leger.
This bay filly was sired by Multidimensional (IRE) off Moonlight Romance. Trained by P Shroff, Roberta has won three races out of her seven runs so far. In her last Grade 2 race, the Maharaja’s Cup a couple of weeks ago, she managed a decent fourth. It will be interesting to see her performance in this longest of all races. Especially with jockey P Trevor holding the reins on Sunday.
Our Picks – Despite his age, Desert God gets our nod as the top pick ahead of half-brother Salazaar in this St Leger, if the bookies start listing at 5/1. The other horses look very much like also-rans, but Roberta should be a good option as a long-shot pick. Fillies often struggle in these St Legers, so it will be a sensational win if she does manage to pull it off on Sunday.
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