There are no major races to look forward to this weekend as we head to the Hyderabad Race Course for Sunday’s action. Regardless, there are some very intriguing contests in the making at Malakpet, according to the club’s horse racing betting card for October 27.

As usual, our focus will be on the two most interesting events, with the highest quality field of experienced stallions and mares, or the most exciting young colts and fillies. So without further ado, here are the two races you might want to put a wager or two on this Sunday at Hyderabad Race Course:

Races To Bet On At Hyderabad Race Course

The Nawab Arshad Ali Khan Memorial Plate

With a distance of 2400, this race should favor the stayers. It is a class 3 race with a field of eight horses, all rated between 40 and 65. With those limits, and a minimum required age of 3 years, the contenders are all within the three to four year age. This is scheduled as the fourth race of the day with an allotted start time of 3:15PM.

We like these three horses out of the eight:

Cape Kidnappers

This 3 year old chestnut filly should be the runaway favorite taking into account the ratings alone. She is way above the rest of the pack with a 60 rating. The daughter of stallion Abbeyside (GB) and Tijuca Forest, she is currently being trained by Shehzad Abbas. Out of 9 runs so far, she has 2 wins, along with another five finishes in the top four. Suraj Narredu has been roped in to pilot her in her first ever race above 2000m.

NRI Heights

Formerly called Solar Heights, this 4 year old bay filly comes from the stables of trainer RH Sequeira. She is the step-sibling of Cape Kidnappers via Abbeyside, off dam Epic. With 2 wins and 6 other top four performances out of 13 runs, she currently has a rating of 50 for this event. She does have prior experience running a 2400m event, which should hold her in good stead here. Aneel will be her jockey for this one.

Cincia Azzurra

Sired by the formidable Kingda Ka (AUS) off dam Ashtoh (FR), this 3 year old is a chestnut filly from the house of trainer Laxman Singh. Akshay Kumar will pilot this 49 rated youngster in this race. Just into the sixth race of her career, this filly has already caught the eye with two wins, both in shorter distance races.

Our Picks

Cape Kidnappers looks too strong and is our pick if the odds makers start listing at 5/1 or longer odds, but we wouldn’t put it past the experienced NRI Heights to pull off an upset. Cincia Azzurra is young, but certainly has the bloodline and form to make a mark, which is why we have her as our long-shot pick.

The Raja R J K Ranga Rao, Zamindar Of Chikkavaram Memorial Cup 

This one is another class 3 race with a shorter distance of 1600m. Scheduled for a 4:15 PM start, it will be the sixth race out of seven on Sunday at Malakpet, Hyderabad. Only horses rated between 40 and 65 are allowed in this event. Three year olds are not welcome. So we get field of 13 horses and mares between the ages 4 – 6 here.

13 may be an unlucky number, but here are the three who might win this one based on their capabilities, not blind luck:

That’s My Magic

Sired by Saamidd (GB) off Real Magic, this grey gelding is the highest rated horse on the race card (60). Trainer SSF Hussain’s ward is going tthrough a bit of a dry spell, having won once in the last five races, with a recent record that reads 1-4-12-8-3. After that rotten spell in the middle, he seems to be on the right track and should be a good prospect on Sunday. Suraj Narredu will be in the saddle.

King Maker

This bay colt is the son of Varenar (FR) off Yemen Desert. Trained by LVR Deshmukh, he has run 15 races so far, with 3 wins and a further 8 finishes in the top four. A very consistent performer, he has a rating of 59 for this event. He will have jockey Surya Prakash in the saddle for this race.

Big Brave

The son of Western Aristocrat (US) and Daily Edition (USA) is a 4 year old bay gelding. Coming from the yards of trainer Laxman Singh, he has won 4 races out of 14. But he is not a very consistent performer, having just three finishes in the top four. But his versatility is not in question, as all four of his wins were in different distance events. Rohit Kumar has been named as his jockey for Sunday’s race.

Our Picks

For the winner, we pick That’s My Magic if the bookmakers begin at 5/1 odds or longer. King Maker is a close second option. Big Brave is a useful pick for the long shot.

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