India Weekend Race Preview – 8 December, 2019
The Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai has a tradition of hosting many a big horse race in the Indian racing calendar. This Sunday will be no different, with a pair of high stake races scheduled. Of the 7 events on the race card, we are going to take a look at The Hall of Famer Trophy (Class 1), and the Dashmesh – Win Legend Futurity featuring the youngest colts and fillies.
The Hall of Famer Trophy
If you want the weekend’s best horse race in terms of quality on the track, look no further than this Class 1 race. It is short and sweet at 1200m and is open to horses with a minimum rating of 80. A grand total of 7 horses have signed up for this race. It is the fifth event of the day, with a scheduled start of 04:00 PM. The total stake for this race is INR 600,000.
Out of the selections, we have our eyes on these three:
Awesome One – Sired by Dean’s Kitten (USA) off Aim to Achieve (IRE), this is a dark brown colt that’s had an excellent start to his racing career. He has run 10 races so far and is yet to finish outside the top 4 (with 5 wins). Trained by Deepesh Narredu, Awesome One has scored three wins in his last five races (1-1-1-4-3). Suraj Narredu is expected to hold his reins on Sunday.
Intense Stylist – This bay gelding is a four-year-old sired by Western Aristocrat (USA) off dam Spica. He comes from the yards of trainer SK Sunderji and has completed 10 races so far with 5 wins, and another four finishes in the second and third spots. The 100 rated Intense Stylist carries a handicap rating of 82 for this race. Nicky Mackay will ride him on Sunday.
Governor General – The veteran sired by Phoenix Tower (USA) is a seven-year-old bay gelding with 28 races under his belt. He has a winning record of 9, with 8 in second, and another 6 equally split between third and fourth. With such impressive credentials, he carries a 109 rating (the highest in this race). K Pranil will ride the MK Jadhav-trained equine.
Awesome One is our pick for the winner in this race if the odds makers begin listing at 5/1 or longer odds, with Intense Stylist a good second choice. Despite his top rating, Governor General is not a popular choice and gets our nod as the long-shot pick.
The Dashmesh – Win Legend Futurity
As the name of this horse race implies, this one is filled with youngsters who have the potential to be future champions. The 1200m race is open to two-year-old colts and fillies from the 2017-18 crop. The sixth race of the day, it has the biggest stake of INR 1,000,000. This race has a scheduled start time of 04:30 PM.
There are 14 names on the race card for this event, so it is a crowded field indeed. Out of these fresh runners, we have chosen these three based largely on their pedigree:
Monarch – One of the two geldings in this race sired by Air Support (the other being Major General), Monarch comes from the stables of M Narredu. His 57 weight puts him near the top of the table in this race. The gelding has a dark brown coat and his dam is Celebrity. Suraj Narredu will be in the saddle on Sunday.
Immortality – The highly decorated P Shroff has two bay fillies in this race, with this one sired by Multidimensional (IRE), and Royalty the daughter of Phoenix Tower. Immortality has a weight of 55.5. Leigh Roche will ride her in this race.
Wind Whistler – Trained by SK Sunderji, this chestnut gelding carries the bloodline of the great stallion Kingda Ka (AUS). Like most of the colts/geldings, he has a weight rating of 57. The experienced Neeraj Rawal is to be his jockey in this race.
Immortality is our choice to win this one if the bookies start listing at 5/1 or longer odds, with Monarch as the number two and Wind Whister the long-shot choice.
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