India Weekend Race Preview – 6 October, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on October 6, 2019

If you love betting on horse races, the ongoing Indian monsoon racing season should be high on your list of exciting betting markets. Of the seven odd racing venues in the country, Pune will be the focus of this weekend’s race preview. This Sunday’s races at the “Queen of the Deccan” city have a couple of very prestigious trophies in the balance.

The biggest of the lot has to be the Threptin Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes, closely followed by the Kejriwal Trophy. Here is a quick look at both these events, and the most fancied horses in each of them.

Threptin’ Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes

The winner in this Grade 3 Term race will take home a lucrative INR 660000 prize. Open only to fillies and mares over the age of three years, this event has attracted half a dozen contestants. At 1800m the race should favor stayers more than the lightning-quick ones by a good margin. The race is scheduled for a 04:00 PM start.

Of the six fillies, these three look the most promising:

La Rondine

Looking to continue her streak of one win is this offspring of Kingda Ka (AUS) and Rahy’s Serenade (USA). The four-year-old in a bay coat is being trained by Vishal Gaikwad and has Neeraj Rawal as her jockey in Sunday’s race. Weighing in at 59, and with a rating of 106, La Rondine will be looking for her fifth win in the tenth race of her career.


Another long-distance specialist looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing run in the final Indian Classic of 2019, Roberta is the daughter of Multidimensional (IRE). She trains at the yards of P Shroff and has been alternating seconds and fourths in her last four races. With jockey YS Srinath in the saddle, Roberta will be looking for her fourth win (out of 11 races) on Sunday.


This bay mare is looking to make it two wins out of two on Sunday. Sired by Champs Elysees (GB) off Atwirl (GB), she is the stable mate of La Rondine. Rated at 103 and with a weight of 51, Auburn will have Akshay Kumar as her jockey in this Stakes race. This will be the 17th race of her career, which already boasts of five wins.

Our Picks

Our top pick for this race is Auburn if bookies start listing at 5/1, followed closely by La Rondine. As a long-shot wager, Roberta seems like a decent shout.

The Kejriwal Trophy 

The immediate follow up to the Threptin Stakes, this is a grade 3 race for horses five years and over. To get its name on the race card, the horse has to be between 40 and 66 on the rating table. The 1200 sprint has a very crowded field, with a whopping 16 different horse participating. Here are the best looking horses out this huge group: 


The six-year-old bay mare is the progeny of Chevalier (IRE). Trained by SK Sunderji, she has a rating of 55. She will be chasing her fourth win out of 16 races on Sunday. Aiding her in this quest will be her jockey for the day, CS Jodha.

Sassy Lass

Sired by Excellent Art (GB) off dam Mooring (GB), Sassy lass is a five-year-old bay mare. Her trainer is Asad Siddiqui. Having finished in the top three ten times in her 17 race old career, she will be a top prospect in Sunday’s race. Neeraj Rawal will be piloting her in this one.


The daughter of Varenar (FR) is a six-year-old bay mare under the tutelage of champion trainer Dallas Todywalla. She is an experienced campaigner with 28 races under her belt, of which she has finished twenty in the top four.  P Vinod will handle the reins of this consistent contender in Sunday’s race.

Our Picks

Provided the odds makers start listing at 5/1, Sassy Lass is a great choice for the win, with Philadelphia a close second. Adeline makes a decent long shot pick in this race.

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