India Horse Racing Weekend Preview – 25 August, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on August 24, 2019

For this weekend’s India horse racing action preview, we shift our attention to the Pune Race Club. The second home of the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) is the city hosts the monsoon racing season. Also, it happens to be the only race club which has a race day scheduled for August 24, Sunday.

The card has seven races scheduled for the day. Among them, the following two looks the most promising for India horse racing bettors:

1. The Panchshil Million

Open to horses rated between 40 and 66, this is the most competitive, high-level race on Sunday. The short 1200m run should greatly favour the sprinters. There are 10 horses ready for this race, with an eye on the INR 450000 (GBP 5100) prize pool. A Class 3 race, the Panchshil Million will be the fifth race of the day, scheduled to start at 4 PM.

Out of a highly competitive field, here are our top picks:

Pablo

Starting at number 3, Pablo is a four-year-old bay gelding from the stables of trainer Sanjay Kolse. Coming from Equus Stud Farm, he is the progeny of Varenar (FR) and dam Si Gentille. Already an experienced campaigner with nine races completed, Pablo has shown excellent consistency. He has never failed to finish out of the top four. With jockey Imran Khan in the saddle, punters will be expecting him to add to his collection of two wins.

Dandi March

Slotting in at number 6 is another crowd favorite, who happens to be a three-year-old gelding from Sohna Stud Farm. Trained by SK Sunderji, Dandi March is the son of Chevalier (IRE) and Salt. Like Pablo, he is building up a reputation as a consistent horse, with all four of his runs finishing in the top 3 (with two wins). Jockey A Sandesh will have his reins for the Panchshil Million.

The Cheetah

The aptly named three-year-old chestnut colt is fifth on the race card. Trained by SN Joshi and bred at Sohna Stud, he is the progeny of Dean’s Kitten (USA) and Brindaban. Highly rated with a 100% record inside the top four after five runs (with two wins), The Cheetah has a bright future ahead. Jockey K Nazil will be hoping for something special from him on Sunday.

Our India Horse Racing Picks

Provided the odds makes start listing at 5/1, Pablo gets the nod ahead of The Cheetah on account of his additional experience. Conversely, Dandi March could be another interesting option, slightly behind the top two.

2. The Mohammed Rasheed Beg & Rahat Beg Trophy

There are two races with the same name scheduled for Sunday. Both of them maidens aimed at three-year-old colts and fillies. We will be looking at the higher-ranked Division 1 race, the sixth race of the day, at 4:30 PM. Ten horses signed up for this 1200m event. The total prize purse for this race is set at INR 600000, or roughly 6800 GBP.

The following three horses look the most promising in this race:

Mount Moriah

The second horse on the Indian horse racing card, this bay gelding is the issue of the legendary Leitir Mor ( IRE) off dam Tartouche (GB). Bred at Greenfield Stud, Mount Moriah is trained by Dallas Todywalla. A Sandesh in the saddle, this will be his first-ever race.

Copper Queen

One of the horses in the race with any prior experience, this chestnut filly is the child of Zaffany (IRE) and Bay of Roses (IRE). Trained by P Shroff, she has scored a brace of third-place finishes out of four runs so far. Yash Narredu will be her jockey for this race.

Dreams

The highly-rated daughter of Arazan (IRE) and Glorious Fantasy, this bay filly is the tote favorite for Sunday’s race. Trained by Nazak Chenoy, she will be competing in her first-ever race. PP Dhebe will have her reins in this race.

Our India Horse Racing Picks

We will go with the majority and call Dreams as the top pick if the bookmakers begin listing at 5/1, with Mount Moriah as a strong number two contender. Copper Queen could be an interesting long shot pick.

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