Long Shot Betting Pick Arabia Wins Managing Committee Gold Cup
The 2019 summer racing action at Bangalore is well and truly underway at the racecourse in the city. The schedule indicates 26 days of racing, spread across the months of May-August. In our latest weekend race preview, we looked at a couple of interesting races slated to happen on Sunday, May 19th. Here is how our Bangalore Racecourse betting tips for those two events panned out for the punters:
Bangalore Racecourse Betting Review
The Sir Cecil Youngsters Million
This 4 PM race was restricted to three-year-old Indian thoroughbreds. The race card indicated a field of 10 contestants, all with at least 2-3 races under their belts. At 1400m, this was no short sprint. We had our eyes on the following three horses for this event in our Bangalore Racecourse betting tips: Gallantry for the win, Thailand as a second pick, and Victory Parade as the longshot choice. The race ended like this at the top end:
A bay filly trained by SS Attaollahi, Anjeze ran out the clear winner in this race. She won by a distance of close to six lengths with a superb run under jockey Trevor. This is subsequently her second win on the trot, helping her maintain that 100% record (out of two starts).
Our number two pick turned out a solid performance overall to finish second on Sunday. Like Anjeze, Thailand is a bay filly trained by Arjun Mangalorkar. She had jockey A Sandesh in the saddle as she beat her nearest competitor by a margin of ¾ lengths. With this performance, she has finished in the top three in her last four races, including one win back in January at Mumbai.
3. Cape Kidnappers
Our top pick for this race, Gallantry, was pipped to the third spot by this chestnut filly. Both horses were neck and neck when they reached the post. Cape KIdnappers is trained by Shehzad Abbas and was ridden by jockey Imran Khan on Sunday. Her record in the last five races looks pretty good now, reading 1-2-4-1-3, with a 9 week spell out in between.
Two of our three picks didn’t have a good race on Sunday, with Gallantry finishing fourth, and Victory Parade in seventh overall.
The Managing Committee Gold Cup
This race was open to experienced horses with a rating above 75. A Class 1 event, it had eight horses in the running. But Tororosso had to pull out before the race, leaving seven horses at the starting point. The race had a 5 PM scheduled start and was expected to be around 1400m long. Our Bangalore Racecourse betting tips for this one included Brainstorm and Into The Spotlight as favourites, with Arabia worth a long shot punt. Here are the winners from Sunday for this race:
The long shot pick rewarded our vote of confidence with a stellar run, winning the race by a distance of one and three-quarter lengths. The four-year-old bay filly now has two wins and two places out of four starts so far. She had jockey Neeraj Rawal in the saddle on Sunday, and her trainer is P Shroff.
The pre-match favourite ran a decent race with jockey S John calling the shots, nudging ahead of Merlot into second. However, the margins were pretty thin in the end, with just half a length separating the horses. Consequently, Brainstorm’s record now reads 2-2-1-2, which is extremely consistent.
Another favourite among punters and sportsbooks alike before the race, Merlot is four-year-old bay filly yet to win a race. She has now placed second or third three times in her last five races, indicating some potential. On Sunday her jockey was Yash Narredu as she barely got ahead of Automatic in fourth by a short neck.
The sole horse from our shortlist to miss out on the places in this race was Into the Spotlight, who placed seventh and dead last in a forgettable showing.
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