India Weekend Race Review – 17 November, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on November 22, 2019

Last Sunday’s horse racing action in Mumbai was part of the newly commenced Winter Season at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. Our weekend preview highlighted two handicap races with varying levels of quality.

Let’s see how our picks fared at the end of the day’s racing action:

The Snow Dew Plate

The second race of the new season, this one had a maximum distance of 1400m. There were seven horses on the cards, all of them with ratings between 40 and 66. There were no withdrawals on race day and all 7 horses finished the race safely.

In our preview, we had selected Hunt for Gold and Pablo as our top two contenders who stood a chance to win the race. Notting Hill was the long odds choice. All three of them were on the money on Sunday.

Horse racing results at Mahalaxmi Race Course

Here is how they split that INR 450,000 race stakes:

  1. Pablo – The winning margin for this Sanjay Kolse trained bay gelding was a handsome two lengths or thereabouts. With jockey Sandesh in the saddle, Pablo pipped the favorite Hunt for Gold to the top spot. This is now his third win out of 12 starts, against odds of 1.5.
  2. Hunt for Gold – The crowd favorite managed to stay barely a long neck ahead of challenger Notting Hill to stay in second place. Trained by the vastly experienced P Shroff, this daughter of Leitir Mor had odds of 45/100 in her favour. Suraj Narredu could not eke out a win from her on Sunday though.
  3. Notting Hill- The horse with the third-best odds out of seven managed to stay in that position for this race, validating the numbers put up by the bookies on this one. The chestnut gelding managed to stay five lengths ahead of the chasing pack, showing the gulf in quality that existed between the top three and the rest in this race.

The Royal Calcutta Turf Club Trophy

The big event of the day did not go according to the script laid by the bookies and the punters. Awesome One had been the favorite for this one, with odds of 90/100 and a top rating of 100.

Our choice for the top pick in this 1400m race was Excellent ahead of Awesome One, with Holy Smoke the long-shot pick.

The race only had five contenders, all of whom started the race and finished it safely as well. Holy Smoke ended the race dead last in fifth, while our other two options managed to find a place on the podium.

Horse racing results at Royal Calcutta Turf Club

Who won the race? Well, check out the standings below to find out:

  1. Governor-General – The 7-year-old bay gelding showed that there is plenty of fight left in him, winning the ninth race of his career (out of 28 runs). Trained by MK Jadhav, he is the son of Phoenix Tower (USA) off dam Dancing Highness. K Pranil was his jockey in the race which was won by a slender margin of half a length.
  2. Excellent – Our top pick contested well for the top spot, but ultimately came up short against an older, more experienced runner. The margins were fine in the end, as the A Sandesh controlled Excellent was just a nose ahead of Awesome One in third. He is the ward of trainer Dallas Todywalla.
  3. Awesome One – Trained and ridden by members of the Narredu clan, the tote favorite put up a stiff challenge but could not get ahead of the front two. The margin between this brown colt and the horse in fourth was a massive ten lengths!

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