India Weekend Race Review – 1 December, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on December 3, 2019

Last Sunday’s horse race action at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai threw up a fair number of upsets and surprises for both the favorites and their backers at the bookies. We previewed two races on Saturday – The Class 2 Sir Rahimtoola Chinoy Trophy and the Maharaja of Morvi Trophy. In both these events, the tote favorites disappointed. But did we get our horses right? Read on to find out:

The Sir Rahimtoola Chinoy Trophy

This 1600m horse race was open to horses rated between 60 and 86. There were 7 horses on the race card, and all of them started without incident. The tote favorite for this race was Valegro, but our money was on Tasawwur.

As the lesser fancied options, we had Truly Epic as the number 2 pick, with the reliable Sagittarius as the long shot. Of all these horses, Sagittarius finished outside the top spots, down in fifth.

Order of finish

1. Tasawwur – The son of Multidimensional continued his fine winning form into a second consecutive match. He won on the day by a clear margin of 2 lengths in the end, with jockey A Sandesh expertly handling the reins. Trained by AS Jodha, this is now Tasawwur’s fourth win in seven races.

2. Valegro – The tote favorite had to settle for second in this exciting race. Trained by the veteran P Shroff, this 4-year-old bay colt was sired by Canford Cliffs (IRE) off dam Choice House (USA). Leigh Roche rode him on Sunday. Rated 76 on the day, Valegro has finished in the top 3 in all but one of his 11 races so far, with 3 wins.

3. Truly Epic – with a margin of 5 lengths separating him from the horses ahead and behind him, the son of Mull of Kintyre had a decent performance coming up third. He comes from the stables of trainer Imtiaz Sait and had P Trevor as his jockey in this race.

The Maharaja of Morvi Trophy

No major surprises were expected in this maiden race as the excellent Sultan Suleiman was featured to participate. There were six horses on the cards, but Blazing Bay was forced to withdraw before the race.

We concurred with the majority on this one, casting Sultan Suleiman as the favorite in this 1400m horse race. Our second choice was Storm Breaker, while the less fancied Dreams was a long-shot.

Of these, Dreams ended the race out of the top three, well behind in fourth by a margin of just under 7 lengths. Storm Breaker was just behind her by three-quarters of a length.

Order of finish

1. Juliette – The honor of handing the first defeat of Sultan Suleiman’s career went to this bay filly from the stables of K Ganapathy. Sired by Musketier (GER) off dam Gimmesumsugar (USA) she won by a margin of one and a quarter lengths. Colm o Donoghue was the jockey who managed to extract such a fine performance from this filly.

2. Sultan Suleiman – Given his recent medical issues, this performance should not be taken as a negative for the highly-rated son of Arazan. Under the circumstances, he ran a fine race, pipping Alexei to second in the final 100m. The winning margin between second and third was barely a long-neck. A Sandesh was the jockey in this race for trainer Altaf Hussain’s colt.

3. Alexei – Son of Born to Sea (IRE) and Sugar Mint (IRE) is a bay gelding trained by P Shroff. With jockey P Trevor in the saddle, he led for much of the race before coming under pressure from both Juliette and Sultan Suleiman. This was just his second race and he cam highly rated, having won the first race.

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