War Hammer Does Not Disappoint At Colts Championship Stakes

By Dhanu Delphi on July 5, 2019

Horse race bettors had mixed results on the final race day of June last Sunday at the Bangalore Turf Club. While the top-billed Colts Championships finished largely along expected lines, the same could not be said about the other Bangalore racing event on the day. This was reflected on our returns for the weekend preview as well, as our horse race betting tips in the other race flopped badly.

Bangalore Racing Recap

Here is how things ended in our two highlighted Bangalore racing events on Sunday:

The Colts Championship Stakes

This Grade 1 race had eight highly rated colts in the running, all of them three-year-olds. The punters were subsequently all over the two sons of Air Support (USA) hailing from Kunigal Stud Farms. The 1600m race turned out to be a two-horse race, with none of the others even coming close.

This was evident from the margin between second and third, which was around six lengths. Our money at the sportsbooks was on War Hammer to win, with Impavid as a close second. Mystic Bay was our long shot pick, but he disappointed with a sixth-place finish.

Here is how the top three stacked up at the end of the race:

1. War Hammer

This protégé of trainer Prasanna Kumar was the tote favourite by a slender margin, and win he did by a narrow three-quarter length in the end. Consequently, War Hammer currently has four wins out of four and his sights will now be on the blue riband Kingfisher Ultra Derby in July. Seasoned jockey P Trevor was in the saddle on Sunday.

2. Impavid

The half-brother of the winner put up a wonderful fight all through the race, but he could not find that extra resolve to chase down the leader in the final furlong. Unbeaten until this race, Impavid returned with his aura largely intact despite the loss due to his valiant effort. A Sandesh was his jockey for this race.

3. Lightning Bolt

The son of the well-known stud Excellent Art (GB) and dam Shamaal, Lightning Bolt is a chestnut colt trained by LVR Deshmukh. This was his second race, having won a 1200m maiden horses race on June 1. He then ran a good race with jockey S Zervan in the saddle, coming first among the chasing pack which was far behind the top two runners.

The Racing Patrons Trophy

Open to horses with a rating above 75, this 1600m event attracted some seasoned campaigners on Sunday. Overall, there were nine contenders on the race card, of which we had our eyes on these three – Wave Rider, Isn’t She Lovely (top two), and Booker Joner (long shot). All three disappointed, finishing fourth to sixth in the following order – Isn’t She Lovely – Booker Jones – Wave Rider.

Here are the horses that topped this Bangalore racing event on Sunday:

1. Automatic

This dark brown gelding surprised punters with a strong run, finishing ahead of much-fancied runners. Coming from the stables of trainer Irfan Ghatala, Automatic is the progeny of Lord Admiral (USA) and Taxido. This was his fifth win out of 24 starts, with another eleven top-three finishes adding to a decent record. His last win before Sunday was six races and six months ago, on December 2018.

2. Auburn

A five-year-old bay mare from the loins of Champs Elysees (GB) off dam Atwirl (GB), Auburn already has 13 runs to her credit. Though she has scored four wins out of those, this was her first-ever second-place finish. Trained by Vishal Gaikwad, she had Akshay Kumar as her jockey on Sunday.

3. Kambaku

Though not the tote favourite, this five-year-old son of Win Legend (JPN) and Star of the Crop was still considered a decent contender by many. But he had to content with a third-place finish here, finishing one length behind Auburn. He is trained by Arjun Mangalorkar and had S John as his jockey in this race. This was his ninth third-place finish out of 24 runs. He has another five wins under his belt.

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