Top Race Picks Blue Moon and Impavid Make It To Podium
In our last weekend review for horse racing betting, we focused on two races as usual: The Brig. R. C. R Hill Memorial Trophy and the prestigious Karnataka Juvenile Million. Both horse races were on the longer side, at over 1600 and 1400m respectively. Furthermore, Juvenile Million is a massive race, whose winners have gone on to greater things in the past. Let’s get straight to our Bangalore Turf Club wagering review for these iconic horse races.
Bangalore Racecourse Wagering Review
Our last weekend review yielded excellent results for those placing bets at the sportsbooks. In fact, most of the horses we picked in our Bangalore Turf Club wagering preview came through. Let’s start with the earlier race:
The Brig. R. C. R Hill Memorial Trophy
Our top picks for this race were Blue Moon and Impavid, with Exclusive Blue as the long shot choice for the day. All three of our horses subsequently made it to the podium in this race, and more or less in the expected order. While Blue Moon led from the start, it was Impavid which prevailed in the end with a well timed late flourish. Exclusive Blue also showed just how strong he was, recovering from a bad start to finish third.
Arjun Mangalorkar’s protégé now has three wins out of three outings, marking him as a colt to watch out for in future races. Incidentally, Impavid is the offspring of stallion Air Support, who produced another winner on Sunday in the form of War Hammer in the Juvenile Million. Impavid was marshaled by jockey Sandesh in this particular race.
2. Blue Moon
This filly trained by Neil Darashah put up a good fight, but tailed off a bit in the end, to concede the top spot to Impavid. The latter won by a good two and a quarter lengths in the end. Blue Moon was sired by Win Legend (JPN), of the mare Integrate. Her last three races now read 2-1-2.
3. Exclusive Blue
Rounding off the top three is our longshot pick, who managed to overcome a poor start to finish just under two lengths behind Blue Moon at the post. This bay rig had jockey S Zervan in the saddle and comes from the stables of R H Sequeira. With this finish, his record now reads 1-2-3 in the last three races.
The Karnataka Juvenile Million
We had our eyes on Hunt For Gold as a potential winner in this race. However, the offspring of the legendary Leitir Mor had a poor day at the tracks on Sunday, finishing 6th in a race with 10 horses, after the withdrawal of Princess Annabel. The outstation challenger from Mumbai, Kariega, was our longshot choice, but she too was a dud with an 8th place finish. Nevertheless, our Bangalore Turf Club wagering number two pick and local favourite War Hammer came through with a stunning performance to win the race.
1. War Hammer
This horse is the second offspring of the much-derided Air Support to win on the day. War Hammer’s late surge took him from the last position at the final turn all the way to the top of the pack. Trained by Prasanna Kumar, he now has three wins out of three and looks like a strong contender for the upcoming graded races. The final distance between him and the horse in second was almost three lengths.
2. Mystic Bay
The other horse in this race sired by Leitir Mor, Mystic Bay narrowly finished in second by a margin of a short neck. Trained by M Narredu, he had Yash Narredu in the saddle on Sunday. With this performance, the colt now has one win and a second place out of two races.
A visitor from Kolkata, this bay colt came up in third out of a crowded chasing pack by the narrowest of margins. Sired by Western Aristocrat of Bluegrass Phenomenon, Trafalgar is trained by J E Mckeown. Jockey A. Sandesh was in the saddle for this race. Trafalgar now has two wins and a third-place finish to his record this year.
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