India Weekend Race Preview – India Gold Cup

By Dhanu Delphi on September 7, 2019

The biggest India weekend race this summer season will take place on Monday at Hyderabad. It is the day of the President of India Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious long-distance races in the Indian horse racing season. So in this preview, we will be focusing on Monday’s races, instead of our usual Sunday specials.

The day will also see a pair of maidens as the first events. Out of these two, the Division 1 race seems like an interesting one to place your bets. So without further ado, let’s look at the two races:

1. The Elusive Hero Plate Div – 1

The first event on the race day is scheduled to start at 01:25 PM at the Hyderabad racecourse. This is a division 1 race open to three-year-olds still chasing the first wins of their career. At 1100m it is a very short sprint, especially when compared to our other race of the day. Ten horses have been signed up for this event, and here are the three we like the most out of them al:

Kimberly Cruise – Sired by Top Class (USA) off dam Skyway, this dark brown filly is one of the only untested horse in this race. Trained by D Netto, she will have jockey Kiran Naidu in the saddle on Monday.

Bob Campbell – Just four races into his career, this bay gelding comes from the loins of Dean’s Kitten (USA) off dam West With The Wind (USA). Trainer RH Sequeira will be hoping for a good performance from his ward in this race. CS Jodha will have her reins on Monday.

Speed Warrior – This bay gelding is the son of Net Whizz (USA) and Air Star. He is trained by K Satheesh. This will be the seventh race of this career. Jockey Nakhta Singh will be piloting this horse in Monday’s event.

Our Picks – We think Bob Campbell could shine in this race if the oddsmakers start listing at 5/1, but Speed Warrior has what it takes to put up a challenge. As an unknown quantity, Kimberly Cruise is the perfect long-shot pick. 

2. The President of India Gold Cup

This is a storied race that dates back to the 1960s. As one of the premier Grade 2 events over 2000m in India, it is a very prestigious event. The term races are open to four-year-olds and upwards. But since long-distance races like these attract fewer competent horses, there are just five contenders signed up for Monday’s edition. Here are the top three picks out of the five on the race card:

Desert God

The formidable seven-year-old chestnut stallion is a serial winner in races above 2000m in India. Trained by S Padmanabhan, he has already won the Bangalore St Leger this year. Sired by Burden of Proof (IRE), Desert God has already won 16 times out of 25 runs so far. The vastly experienced A Sandesh will be his jockey in Monday’s race.

Secretive Force

The son of the might Multidimensional (IRE), this four-year-old dark brown colt has had a decent start to his career. Out of nine starts, he already has notched four wins, with the rest finishing in the top three. Trainer Darius Byramji has a very dependable contender in his yards. S Zervan will be his jockey for this race.


This five-year-old chestnut gelding is the progeny of Dancing Forever (USA) and Ambos. Trained by RH Sequeira, he has a bit of a reputation as a long-distance specialist. His record includes five wins and ten finishes in the top four out of 20 runs. CS Jodha will pilot this horse in Monday’s race.

Our Picks

Despite his advancing age, it is hard to look beyond Desert God for this race, especially if the bookies start listing at 5/1. Reunion might be able to cause an upset, but the chances look slim. Secretive Force is a decent choice for a long-shot wager in this race.

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