20-1 Long Shot Life Awaits Wins Marilingiah Memorial Trophy
The prestigious St Leger was the main highlight of the race weekend at Bangalore in the final days of July. Along with that marathon race, we also had a look at a Class 2 race as part of our last Bangalore Race Course wagers preview. While the St Leger finished along expected lines, there was a massive shock in the Marilingiah Memorial Trophy for both horse race bettors and the sportsbooks alike as a highly unfancied challenger beat out tote favourites to win the race.
Bangalore Race Course Wagers Review
Let’s check out these two races at the Bangalore Turf Club in detail:
The Marilingiah Memorial Trophy
This race had a decent field filled with horses rated between 45 and 65. Out of the 14 runners, we then had Constantinople and War Hero as out top two contenders. Tote favourite was Treasure Delight, to whom we only gave an outside chance. At 1200m, this was a very short sprint, especially in comparison to St Leger that was scheduled to follow it on Sunday.
Of the horses we picked, War Hero ended the race in fifth, while Constantinople disappointed with a ninth spot. Here is how the top three looked:
1. Life Awaits
A seven-year-old bay gelding sired by Burden of Proof (IRE) off Lady Groush (USA), Life Awaits had odds of only 20 to 1 in this race. Trained by Sriram Komandur, he had 5 wins out of 30 races before this one. Jockey Rayan Ahmed was in the saddle for this race as he sprinted home to win ahead of Treasure Delight.
2. Treasure Delight
Coming from the stables of trainer S Narredu, four-year-old Treasure Delight was highly fancied for this event by the punters. However, the gelding could not live up to his true potential. In fact, he only managed to nose ahead of Fair Warning into second. Suraj Narredu was his jockey for this race.
3. Fair Warning
This five-year-old dark brown horse was sired by Win Legend (JPN) off Annakita. Fair Warning is a ward of trainer Arjun Mangalorkar and had Antony Raj as his jockey. With just 3 wins and another six top four places out of 19 races, he doesn’t have a very impressive record. But to be fair, he ran a good race to finish ahead of 13 other horses this Sunday.
The Tetrasoft Inc. Bangalore St. Leger
One of the longest Grade 2 races in India, the Bangalore edition of the St Leger does not attract too many horses. The racing industry’s heavy focus on sprinters is probably the reason why only six horses turned up for the hallowed event this year. Our firm favourite was Desert God, who had already won this race three times in the past. Salazaar looked like a strong contender to challenge Desert God, with Roberta as our long-shot pick.
Of the three, it was Salazaar who subsequently failed to convince on Sunday with a fifth spot finish. Here is how the other two subsequently fared:
1. Desert God
S Padmanabhan has done it again, with his horse picking up an unprecedented fourth win in this race. Desert God also belied his age with a near-flawless performance, finishing ahead by three-quarters of a length in the end. Jockey A Sandesh was smart in the way he paced Desert God across 2800m. This was the seven-year olds 16th win out of 25 starts.
Fillies don’t manage to win the St Leger often, and the four-year-old Roberta never posed a major threat to Desert God in this race. She was clearly ahead of the competition though, finishing by a margin of 4 lengths. Trained by P Shroff, she was piloted by jockey P Trevor on Sunday.
3. Point to Prove
Yet another horse sired by the famous Multidimensional (IRE) off dam Burooq (USA), this one is a four-year-old bay gelding. Trained by Arjun Mangalorkar, Point to Prove was piloted by jockey S Zervan in the St Leger. Though far behind the top two, Point to Prove ran a good race to finish ahead of his nearest competitor by one length in the end. He has eight top-three finishes out of 12 runs, though only one of them is a win.