India Weekend Race Recap – March 17th, 2019
In our preview of the horse racing scheduled to take place on 17th March, we focused on two Grade III races for 3-year old colts and fillies. Let’s take a gander at how things transpired last weekend in both events at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai.
Mahalaxmi Race Course: Racing Review For March 17th
The Forbes Breeders’ Juvenile Fillies Championship
This 1600m race was for 3-year old fillies born in India. There were nine horses in the running, with Thailand being our top pick for the banker. While Thailand did end up in the money, other picks like Free Gold and Enid Blyton belied expectations with below par performances. Here is how the race panned out in the end:
This was Kariega’s third race and she managed to reprise the form that had seen her claim her maiden triumph a few months back. A poor run in the second race in February had seen her ratings fall a bit in the bookies’ estimations. But a prolonged rest seems to have served her well, and ridden by P.Trevor, she cantered to an easy win with a time of 1:39:637.
2. Mishka’s Pride
With no wins in her first two races, Mishka’s Pride was ranked lower than her stable companion Free Gold for the Forbes Championship. But the extra distance in this race seems to have worked in her favour, as she placed a strong second with a time of 1:40:299. Trained by I.A. Sait, her jockey was A. Sandesh.
One of the hot favourites prior to the race, Thailand had a decent run of form and pedigree going for her. She is the sister of Shivansh, a St Leger and Kolkata Monsoon Derby winner. With this third place finish, her last three races have finished 1-2-3 in that order. On this form, she is therefore definitely one to watch out for in the future. Her jockey for this race was P.S Chouhan and she finished with a time of 1:40:416. Trailing her were Eclair, Free Gold, and Turaco in that order.
The Shapoorji Pallonji Breeder’s Juvenile Colt’ Championship
This 1600m race had 14 colts in the running for the top spot. The race held at the Mahalaxmi Race Course was also open to geldings. Mystic Bay was our choice for the top pick, with Trouvaille coming a close second, and Square The Circle the outsider. Of the three, Mystic Bay was thus the only disappointment come Sunday. Here is how that race finished:
It was for good reason that Trouvaille was one of our favourites for this race. With 3 placings (1 win) in his first three races, this gelding certainly had the form to compete. Furthermore, with jockey A.Sandesh on his back, he finished comfortably ahead of Southern Ruler in second with a time of 1:38:256.
2. Southern Ruler
With 2 placings in his first four starts, Southern Ruler had enjoyed an average run prior to the Sunday races. As a result of a second place finish, however, those stats are beginning to look a bit better. Trained by S. Ganapathy, this colt now has top-three finishes in both Bangalore and Mumbai. Bhawani Singh was the rider for this race where he finished with a time of 1:39:331.
With a win in his maiden race in February, Gallantry was one of the lesser experienced horses to watch for on Sunday at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. Trained by M. Narredu and ridden by jockey Suraj Narredu, he ran an excellent race, finishing in third ahead of Beemer with a time of 1:39:331. Also in the top half of the table were Square The Circle (5th), followed by Moriseiki and Silver King.