Long Shot Pick Tutankhamun Beats the Odds to Claim Victory
The fourth day of 2019 summer racing action at Bangalore saw some spirited horse racing action this past Sunday. There were seven races in total, out of which two were under our scanner in the last weekend race preview. We had a fair bit of luck with our Bangalore Turf Club betting picks, too, as the race results below will demonstrate:
Bangalore Racecourse Betting Review
The Chettinad Stud Plate
This was a 3:30 PM race open to horses above four years of age. Graded as a Class 3 event, it was a short 1200m race with most of the horses rated between 30 and 50. Of the 12 horses accepted, our Bangalore Turf Club betting picks focussed on the following trio: Wings of Desire as the top pick, War Hero as the second choice, and Bold Move as the long shot. Here is how the top three looked after the race:
A bay filly from the stables of Prasanna Kumar, she was steered by jockey Nazeerul Islam. She then finished the race comfortably ahead by a distance of three and a quarter lengths. Her best effort in the recent past was a third-place finish in a 1400m race in Bangalore in March.
2. War Hero
With a time of 1:13:67, our number two pick ran an excellent race. Ultimately, War Hero stayed ahead of Wings of Desire by a margin of just three-quarters of a length. Trained by N Darashah, this dark brown gelding now has a record of 3-2-10-1-2 in his last five races. His jockey on Sunday was A S Peter.
3. Wings of Desire
Our top pick for this race had to settle for third, even though she put up a good fight against War Hero for the second place. She was at least two and a half lengths ahead of her chaser and finished with a time of 1:13:80. Her last five race record now reads 1-1-5-8-3.
Our other pick for this race, Bold Move, did not make any bold moves and finished eighth.
The Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Cup
The biggest event of the day, this Grade 3 term race for four-year-olds had a lot of punters interested on Sunday. Mauritania was subsequently considered the top pick for this event among the sportsbooks, a sentiment we too shared in our Bangalore Turf Club betting preview. The other contenders we saw as likely winners in this 1400m race were Corfe Castle (second choice) and Tutankhamun (as the long shot pick).
This race held some surprises and finished in the following fashion:
Once again, it was our long shot pick who beat the odds to come out the winner by a close margin of ¾ of a length. With jockey P Trevor in the saddle, Tutankhamun returned to winning ways after a string of second and third place runs. His 5-race record now reads 1-2-3-5-1, which is quite impressive indeed.
2. Corfe Castle
A step-sibling of the much fancied Mauritania, this young colt ran a strong race before ultimately settling for second by the narrowest of margins. But he was well ahead of the horse in third and finished with a time of 1:25:03. With this performance, Corfe Castle has improved his recent record to 1-1-5-9-2.
A six-year-old bay horse from the stables of S S Attaollahi, Accolade has had a couple of second-place finishes in his four starts in 2019. With jockey S Zervan in the saddle on Sunday, he added another placing to that list. He finished half a length ahead of Rikki Tikki Tavi in fourth.
The hot favourite for this race, Mauritania, disappointed many on Sunday with a fifth-place finish.
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