India Weekend Race Review – 15 December, 2019
With 6 out of 8 races won by horses other than the tote favorites, Sunday was a day to forget for horse race punters in general at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai. We had high hopes for a couple of horses in Class 2 and Grade 3 races that took place on December 15. Did these two live up to the expectations?
Here is how the two featured horse races panned out:
The Shantidas Askuran Trophy
At 1000m this race was a short affair involving just half a dozen horses aged between 4-5 years. All were rated between 60 and 86 in this Class 2 event. There were no withdrawals before the race and all the contenders safely crossed the finish line.
Flaming Martini was the tote favorite in this race but our hopes were on King Khalil. The third horse in our shortlist was Between The Waters, which appeared to be a solid long odds option.
Of the trio, Flaming Martini ended the race in fourth, with Between The Waters trailing in fifth.
Sharareh – Beating odds of 10, the daughter of Varenar (FR) and Pointillist (IRE) won the race by a narrow margin of a short neck. The 4-year-old bay filly comes from the yards of trainer Rahmatullah Khan. NS Parmar was the jockey on top in this race. This was Sharareh’s fourth win out of 11 races.
King Khalil – The bay gelding sired by Multidimensional could not chase down Sharareh and had to settle for second place. Trained by Deepesh Narredu, this gelding had odds of 6 at the bookies. P Vinod was his jockey in this race.
Kilkarry Bridge – Sired by Strong Suit (USA) off dam Sail by Roos (IRE), this 4-year-old bay gelding is trained by SK Sunderji. Nicky Mackay was his jockey in this race. He finished almost two lengths behind King Khalil and was ahead of Flaming Martini by a similar margin.
The AC Ardeshir Trophy
Five hopefuls were signed up for this grade 3 race and all five were able to finish it as well. The mile-long term race was open to horses above 3 years of age and had several contenders with triple-digit ratings.
La Rondine was the tote favorite and also our top pick for this race. Aside from the popular filly, we also had our eyes on Raees and Costa Brava. La Rondine, our long shot choice, finished the race dead last.
Grand Accord – Beating odds of 15, this bay gelding sired by Dream Ahead (USA) won the race by a narrow margin of half a length ahead of the favorite. NS Parmar had another great race as a jockey with this horse on the day. Trained by Kartik Ganapathy, GRand Accord now has half a dozen wins out of 21 runs.
La Rondine – The 4-year-old daughter of Kingda Ka (AUS) could not muster enough speed to get ahead of Grand Accord and had to settle for the runner up spot. S Zervan was her jockey for this one. The ward of trainer Vishal Gaikwad finished 1.5 lengths ahead of Costa Brave in third.
Costa Brava – The son of Phoenix Tower (USA) had a decent outing, as he grabbed his first-ever third-place finish in 13 races. He has shown remarkable consistency so far, finishing in the top four in 12 races. Trained by P Shroff, the bay gelding was ridden by jockey Leigh Roche.
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