Cavello Veloce Records Emphatic Win At Chief Minister’s Cup
Last Sunday proved to be one with mixed results for sportsbooks and horse race bettors alike. Our Bangalore Turf Club bets started on a positive note, with favourites bagging the honours in the first three events. But that was followed by a big shock in the main event, where the tote favourite was bested by our no.2 pick, Cavello Veloce. The three races that followed also produced mixed results, with the tote favourite coming out on top only in one race.
Bangalore Turf Club Bets Racing Review
Here is how our highlighted Bangalore Turf Club bets turned out on Sunday:
The Snow Dew Plate
This was the first event of the day, a maiden race for 3-year-olds only. There were eight runners on the field in this 1600m race. All the horses were at the starting post on Sunday, without any last minute withdrawals. The tote favourite (and our top pick) was Roman Senator, with Defender coming as a close second. Hukumat was our choice for a long shot pick.
The race then finished as we predicted, with Roman Senator in the lead, and Defender second. Meanwhile, only managed a fifth spot in the end, with Streaming Gold making the top three.
1. Roman Senator
With jockey Sandesh expertly guiding the reins, this bay colt subsequently charged ahead of leader Defender in the latter stages of the race. In the end, however, only three-quarters of a length separated Roman Senator from Defender in second place. With this win, the Padmanabhan-trained colt now has his first ever win.
Though he was yet another crowd favourite, this bay gelding from the stables of Neil Darashah could not stay ahead of Roman Senator and had to concede in the end. But Defender showed his capabilities in this race and fully deserved his second place.
3. Streaming Gold
Probably the third most popular horse in the mix after Roman Senator and Defender, Streaming Gold comes from the stables of Arjun Mangalorkar. The bay colt is related to Roman Senator, as both were sired by Multidimensional (IRE). Neeraj Rawal was his jockey in this race as he coasted to third place.
The Chief Minister’s Cup
The Chief Minister’s Cup was the top event on Sunday. Moreover, this grade three event also managed to spring the biggest surprise of the day as as far as our Bangalore Turf Club bets are concerned. Accolade was the tote favourite, though we had him only as a third choice in our books. Our bets were on Star Baron and Cavello Veloce, both relative outsiders. At least one of them managed to shine in this 1200m race, and it was not Star Baron who only managed the seventh spot. There were 12 horses in this term race for runners aged 4-year-old and above.
Here is how the race ended:
1. Cavello Veloce
What made the result so shocking was the emphatic nature of the win for Cavello Veloce. The bay colt cantered home with a lead of almost three lengths. Trained by B Suresh, he was well ahead of the favourite Accolade. His jockey was Imran Khan who managed the race brilliantly. This was Veloce’s eighth career win out of 23 races.
The local favourite piloted by Suraj Narredu was no match for the outsider from Chennai on Sunday. Accolade fell behind badly in the latter stages, especially the final furlong of the race. But this 6-year-old did manage to keep off any challenge from the chasing pack to retain second by a margin just above one length.
3. Dream Catcher
Sired by Green Coast (IRE) off dam Florshie, this 5-year-old bay gelding comes from the yard of K Thomas. With jockey Akshay Kumar in the saddle, Dream Catcher was narrowly ahead of Southpaw in fourth by a long neck on Sunday. He is a seasoned performer, with 7 wins, a solitary second place, and a pair of thirds so far after 15 races.