India Weekend Race Review – 6th October, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on October 11, 2019

Pune Racecourse was the focus of our latest weekend horse racing preview. We focused on the following two races that took place last Sunday – The Threptin Fillies’ Stakes, and the Kejriwal Trophy. Our predictions largely bore fruit in these races, as the top prospects came through in both of them.

Here are the details from everything that happened at Pune Racecourse:

The Threptin Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes

There were six fillies and mares in the field for this Grade 3 race. At 1800m, it was also the longest race of the day. Our favorite for this event was Auburn, with La Rondine as the number two choice. For a long odds betting wager, we chose the very experienced Roberta.

Of this trio, Roberta was the one who disappointed, finishing fifth. Incidentally, she was also the tote favorite for this event, which must have made many punters unhappy. The top three looked like this at the end of this race:

  1. Auburn – With a winning margin of nearly four lengths, the five-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) and Atwirl (GB) had an excellent day at the races on Sunday. With jockey Akshay Kumar in the saddle, Auburn ran a flawless race, adding to her victory collection which now stands at 6 wins out of seventeen runs. Vishal Gaikwad is her trainer.
  2. Turning Point – A five-year-old mare carrying the bloodline of stallion Surfrider (IRE), she comes from the stables of trainer SK Sunderji. With a shiny bay coat, she has also shown consistency over the years, finishing inside the top four 19 times out of 24 runs. CS Jodha was her jockey for this race.
  3. La Rondine – Our number two pick had to settle for third in this race, finishing almost three lengths behind Turning Point. The daughter of Kingda Ka was ridden by Neeraj Rawal in this race. Vishal Gaikwad ended this race with two of his horses in the top three, quite an impressive result indeed.

The Kejriwal Trophy

This was a very crowded race at Pune Racecourse, with 15 horses in the running. It would have been 16, had it not been for the withdrawal of Bunting (Intense Focus – Misteireach, both USA) at the last minute. The class 3 race was a relatively short affair at 1200m.

Our eyes were mainly on Sassy Lass, whom we had also picked as the top prospect in this race. Our other horses included Adeline (long shot) and Philadelphia. The public chose Domination as the tote favorite.

Out of the three we picked, Philadelphia finished the race in the seventh position, while Adeline was a distant 12th. The winners in this event were in this order:

  1. Sassy Lass – Trainer Asad Siddique had a happy day out at the course as his ward edged out a thrilling win, narrowly ahead by a short neck at the post. The bay mare born to Excellent Art (GB) off Mooring (GB) fought against odds of 10/1 to finish first. Neeraj Rawal was her jockey in this effort.
  2. Arc Shine – A grey mare fathered by Pinson (IRE), she comes from the stables of trainer SN Joshi. Her odds were 17/4, and she had jockey Akshay Kumar piloting her in this race. This was her seventh finish in the runner up position, and she also has three wins to her credit, from 28 races.
  3. Domination – The favorite could only muster a third-place finish, behind Arc Shine by a margin of three-quarters of a length. A six-year-old grey gelding from the loins of Varenar (FR), he is trained by Mansoor Shah. Despite odds of 5/1, the 45 rated horse could not live up to the expectations on a day when jockey Aniket Karande was in the saddle.

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