India Horse Racing Weekend Race Review – 29 September, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on October 2, 2019

The highlight of this past weekend’s horse racing action was undoubtedly the thrilling spectacle of the Calcutta Monsoon Derby. The race had its fair share of twists and turns, along with a few surprise contenders. The other Sunday races were a mixed bag for punters, with tote favorites disappointing in many of them. How did our horse racing picks in the Weekend Preview fare? Let’s find out:

The Calcutta Monsoon Derby 

All nine horses on the race card started in Sunday’s marquee event, with all eyes on Trafalgar, the tote favourite and our choice as well. Despite his stellar run in recent races, Tenno Sho was not favored by many to win this race. We had him at second, with Jaivant our choice as the surprise package. And as the race ended, all three horses ended in the top three in the exact order we had in our preview!

  1. Trafalgar – The son of Western Aristocrat ran a near-flawless race from start to finish. He started well off the pace with Jockey Sandesh in the saddle but made up for lost ground magnificently in the final stretch. In the end, the horse trained by James McKeown had a clear lead of 3 lengths.
  1. Tenno Sho – The outcome of this race might have been different had it not been for an unfortunate incident on the home turn. During an overtake attempt, Tenno Sho and Izzy had a collision which pushed Tenno Sho into the rails. The impact was severe enough to physically and psychologically affect the horse. Though he finished behind Trafalgar in second, he was in visible distress and jockey Srinath had to dismount.
  1. Jaivant – The surprise package of the day, this largely un-fancied son of Win Legend kept up a furious pace. He eventually settled for third, which is still an excellent achievement given the level of competition. Trained by Vijay Singh, he was ridden by Suraj Narredu in this race.

The Sana Cup 

This class 1 race was one of those events on Sunday that yielded disappointment for a majority of the punters. The tote favorite had a truly forgettable day, ending up dead last out of eight horses! In a twist of fortune, we managed to get only one of our three picks among the winners of this event.

Of the three we had chosen in our horse racing betting preview, Perpetual Winning ended at the bottom of the table, while Big Orange finished a disappointing sixth. That left us with just our Number 2 pick, Capricious in the top 3. Here is how he fared:

  1. Shivesh – formerly called Emperador, this six-year-old bay gelding is the offspring of Multidimensional (IRE) and Barooq (USA). Trained by Sarfaraz Khan, this was his sixth win out of 26 runs, with another 11 finishes in the top four. His jockey in this race was Imran Chisty. Shivesh won this race against odds of 13/2.
  1. Capricious – Just one a quarter-length behind the winner, the four-year-old Capricious had a decent day on the tracks. Vikash Jaiswal’s ward was piloted by Vinay Jaiswal in this race on Sunday. The son of Gusto finished a race in second place for the third time in this event.
  1. Amorous White – The son of Stern Opinion (USA) and Adios Meadowlake (USA), this five-year-old grey horse comes from the yards of trainer Vikash Jaiswal, just like Capricious above him. The jockey for this race was Aditya Jaiswal, who managed to hold on to third despite a decent challenge from Castlebridge.

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