Favourite Picks Star Superior, Constantinople Romp To Victory
The tote favourites failed to impress by and large in the races on Sunday, the 14th, at the Bangalore race course. Sportsbooks and horse race bettors alike had their attention fixed on the graded Maharaja’s Gold Cup and the Class 3 Yeravada Stud Plate. Meanwhile, horses we subsequently had our eyes on in our Bangalore Turf Club wagers preview fared quite well. In fact, two of them went on to win their races.
Bangalore Turf Club Wagers Racing Review
Here is how things panned out on Sunday at the Bangalore Turf Club:
The Maharaja’s Gold Cup
Old records tumbled in Maharaja’s Gold Cup on Sunday, as the winner romped home at a scorching pace. Adjudicate was the tote favourite for this 2200m race, but our eyes were on Star Superior. As the long shot, we chose to go with Roberta, who had a decent run, finishing fourth in the end.
As for the top two picks, here is how they fared:
1. Star Superior
Trainer Rajesh Narredu had two horses in this race, and a clear plan. He used the less fancied Super Smart to set the early pace, before allowing the highly fancied Star Superior to take over in the final stretch. The plan worked to perfection, allowing Star Superior to canter home in record time, claiming the ninth win of his career.
This 6-year-old chestnut rig comes from the stables of Irfan Ghatala. A progeny of Burden of Proof (IRE) and Saddle Star, Salazaar was subsequently ridden by jockey PS Chouhan. Salazaar, who has eight wins to his credit out of 24 races, then managed to best the tiring Adjudicate in the final stretch to claim the fifth second-spot of his career.
She may have been the public choice, but this filly was truly off-colour on Sunday. Adjudicate could not muster a challenge against the leader and faltered badly towards the end. She therefore probably needs a spell away from the tracks to rejuvenate herself at the moment. Jockey A Sandesh ran a good race on Sunday to claim the third spot with her.
The Yeravada Stud Plate
Open for horses rated between 30 and 50, this Class 3 race had a decent crop of runners. At 1400m it was much shorter than the Maharaja Cup. We had our eyes on Renegade as the top pick, with the tote favourite Constantinople as our number two challenger. Young and inexperienced Mohican was our choice for the long odds. Mohican managed a half-decent fifth place, while the top led the race.
Here is how the race ended:
The SS Attaollahi ward had a good run on Sunday with jockey P Trevor handling the reins. The win was quite comfortable in the end, by a margin of one and a half lengths. Also, the fact that Constantinople’s top rival Renegade was a tad off-colour helped as well. This was Constantinople’s second career win, out of seven runs.
This was always bound to be a tall order for the bay gelding since his trainer, S Dominic, had requested that he be withdrawn due to medical reasons. But as the vet deemed the situation not serious enough, Renegade was forced to compete. He did comfortably slot into second place, though, ahead of Karadeniz in third by a margin of four lengths.
A three-year-old bay colt sired by Charmo (FR) off Captain’s Lover, Karadeniz comes from the stables of trainer Faraz Arshad. His jockey for this race was Imran Khan. This colt has one win and one third-place out of 7 wins now. He looks like he could be a prospect in the future.