Long Shot Moondancer Records Stunning Air Command Cup Victory

By Dhanu Delphi on August 8, 2019

Last Sunday had its fair share of drama at the Hyderabad racecourse. Tote favourites subsequently faltered in several races, often in the final stretch, producing quite a few surprises for both horse race punters and the sportsbooks. Let’s see how our horse race picks fared in our Hyderabad racecourse betting preview.

Hyderabad Racecourse Betting Review

In our betting preview, we looked at two races – a 1200 sprint for three-year-old maidens (Div 1), and a 1400m race open to all horses above three years and 75 ratings. Here’s how our horses’ tips fared in these events.

The Air Command Cup

The field was quite strong for this Class 1 race with half a dozen horses rated 75 or over. At 1400m it favoured the sprinters. Highly Acclaimed was our  top choice, narrowly trailed by Exclusivenorthwind. As a long-shot pick, we also had our eyes on Moondancer, which was looking for his first win in over a year.

Before the race even began, however, Highly Acclaimed was withdrawn. And Exclusivenorthwind only managed a fourth place, leaving it to Moondancer to salvage something for us.

This is how the race ended:

1. Moondancer

The five-year-old rig galloped into the lead early and never looked back, winning the race by a comfortable margin of over five lengths. Apprentice jockey Rohit Kumar, too, had a memorable Sunday, winning two other races to make a hattrick. Trained by M Satyanarayana, Moondancer now has seven wins out of 13 runs.

2. That’s My Class

Trained by SSF Hassan, this five-year-old dark brown gelding comes from the lineage of Top Class (USA) and Bella. His jockey for the race was Akshay Kumar. Though That’s My Class only has four wins out of 29 starts, he has finished another 19 times in the top four, with eight finishes each in second and third place.

3. Exclusive Wind

Exclusive Wind is the son of Ravel (USA) and Calliope. The six-year-old now boasts a record of nine wins and twelve other finishes in the top four out of 42 races. This chestnut gelding comes from the yard of KSV Prasad Raju, with Santosh Raj NR in the saddle on Sunday.

The Silverado Plate

This Division 2 race is for three-year-old maidens. Consequently, there were a lot of fresh new colts and fillies at the starting post. Of the 11 contenders, we had our eyes on these promising candidates – Moskva for the win, the tote favourite Linewiler as our number two pick, and Born Greek as the long odds pick.

All three of our Hyderabad racecourse betting picks subsequently finished in the top three, but failed to win the Plate. That honour went to the horse mentioned below:

1. Shivalik Valley

A three-year-old sired by Saamidd (GB) and dam Sashimi (USA), this bay filly won the race by the narrowest of margins. A ward of trainer M Satyanarayana, Shivalik Valley barely managed to edge out Linewiler by a nose in the end. Rohit Kumar was the winning jockey in this race as well.

2. Linewiler

The favourite put up a valiant race, but could not make his late charge count. Though Linewiler managed to get ahead of Moskva, Shivalik Valley managed to stay in front. Trained by LD Silva, Linewiler is the son of West Virginia (USA) and was ridden by jockey C Umesh on Sunday.

3. Moskva

Our top pick was leading from the beginning of the race, but could not sustain her momentum. Faltering badly towards the end, the progeny of Excellent Art finished behind Linewiler by a four-length margin. Suraj Narredu was the jockey in this race. Moskva’s trainer is LVR Deshmukh.

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