India Weekend Race Preview – 1 December, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on November 30, 2019

December’s horse racing at the Mumbai Race Course promises to be an exciting affair for equine enthusiasts. Though there are no derbies or classics scheduled this Sunday, the race card does include a certain Class 2 race and a Maiden race, both of which have some interesting contenders.

Let’s take a look at these two horse racing events which are about to take place on Sunday, December 1, at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai, India:

The Sir Rahimtoola Chinoy Trophy

This Class 2 race has one of the strongest fields of the entire race day. Only horses rated between 60 and 86 are accepted. And this one seems to be full of geldings, with a solitary colt, and not a filly in sight. The race has a set distance of 1600m or approximately one mile. The third horse racing event of the day, it will start at 03:30 PM.

Here are the top contenders for the total stake worth around INR 525,000:

Truly Epic: The son of Mull of Kintyre (USA) is one of the two geldings in this race currently carrying a winning momentum. Trained by Imtiaz Sait, the four-year-old bay gelding has four wins to his name, out of 15 races. He is a quite consistent performer with another four finishes in the top four. P Trevor will ride him on Sunday.

Sagittarius: The five-year-old bay gelding carries a 69 rating, thanks to his consistent top two runs in 10 out of 15 races so far. He has chalked up three wins under the training of Sanjay Kolse. Sired by Arazan, he will have jockey SJ Sunil in the saddle on Sunday.

Tasawwur: Trained by Adhiraj S Jodha, this four-year-old bay gelding is the progeny of Multidimensional (IRE). With a win in his last race, he looks to be in fine form and will be expected to perform well on Sunday. A Sandesh is going to pilot him in this race.

Our Picks

Based on current form, it is a toss-up between Truly Epic and Tasawwur. We would put our money on Tasawwur if the bookies begin listing at 5/1 or longer odds. Sagittarius is reliable enough to snag a place in the top half. He could even pull off a minor upset and win the race with long odds.

The Maharaja of Morvi Trophy

The fifth horse racing event on the race card for Sunday at Mumbai is a 1400m race aimed at 3-year-old maiden horses. Some of the best young colts at Mumbai are participating in this event which has total stakes worth INR 600,000. Though there are six contenders on the card, one, Blazing Bay withdrew.

That leaves us with 5 challengers – 2 geldings, 2 fillies, and a colt. Among them, we prefer the following three:

Sultan Suleiman: Easily the one name that jumps out of the card belongs to the highly fancied son of Arazan (IRE) off dam Saffron Dancer (IRE). He is yet to taste defeat after two races and will certainly be the tote favourite here with a rating of 61. Trained by Altaf Hussein, the bay gelding will have A Sandesh in the saddle for this race.

Storm Breaker: The son of Leitir Mor (IRE) is a veteran of six races and has tasted victory in three of those. The bay colt will be serious challenge to Sultan Suleiman, trained by M Narredu. He has a top rating of 64 and will be ridden by foreigner Nathan Evans.

Dreams: The bay filly is at a disadvantage here due to her lighter frame weighing in at 51.5. But she has good bloodlines, being the progeny of Arazan. She also has one win from three starts. Trained by Nazak Chenoy, she will have Neeraj Rawal in the saddle for this race.

Our Picks

Sultan Suleiman is the top pick if the odds makers begin listing at 5/1 odds or longer, narrowly ahead of Storm Breaker. The filly Dreams is a good choice for long odds.

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