India Weekend Race Review – 8 December, 2019
Sunday’s horse race action at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai brought mixed fortunes for the punters, with the tote favorites winning in roughly half the events while failing miserably in others. How did the horses we picked in our last preview fare on the tracks in Mumbai? Not too well, as you will find in this race review!
The Hall of Famer Trophy
This race went ahead without any complications, with all 7 horses starting and ending it safely. As you may recall from our preview, this Class 1 horse race was 1200m long, open to horses with ratings above 80. The tote favorite was Awesome One. We had also pinned our hopes on this colt sired by Dean’s Kitten, given his odds of 13/10.
Intense Stylist was our second pick with odds of 4, while Governor General at 12 was our long-shot pick. Both these horses finished just outside the top 3, in fourth and fifth respectively.
Clymene – Jockey P Trevor rode this 5-year-old bay mare to a narrow victory on Sunday, ahead just by half a length. Faisal Abbas was the winning trainer. Sired by Wester Aristocrat (USA), Clymene now has 6 wins from 19 runs. She has also finished in the top 4 a further 9 times, which is impressive consistency indeed.
Gazino – The 5-year-old son of Surfrider (IRE) and La Joconde (USA) ran a fine race with jockey PS Chouhan in the saddle. Nosher Cama’s ward was ahead of the tote favorite by well over one length in the end, sealing the second spot. This was Gazino’s 23rd race, out of which he now has 5 finishes each in the top 3 spots.
Awesome One – Suraj Narredu could only steer this 4-year-old colt to third, despite the high expectations surrounding him. Awesome One hails from the stables of trainer Deepesh Narredu. This was the 11th race of this colt, in which he has scored 5 wins and is yet to finish outside the top 4.
The Dashmesh – Win Legend Futurity
Maiden races involving young 2 and 3-year-olds are notoriously difficult to call, given the lack of data on the colts and fillies. This 1200m affair was open to 2-year-olds and had 14 challengers. All of them started and the race finished without any major incidents.
The tote favorite was Royalty from the stables of trainer P Shroff. Our pick was her stable-mate Immortality. These two fillies had the most contrasting races, with one ending on top and the other at rock bottom!
Other two picks from our horse race preview were Monarch who finished in 11th position, and Wind Whistler who had the best race out of the trio ending the race in 5th.
Royalty – The tote favorite managed to win this race, albeit by a margin of just a nose. P Trevor scored another memorable win as a jockey in this race for trainer P Shroff. Royalty is a bay filly sired by Phoenix Tower.
Lady Lanette – In one of the closest races of the day, this chestnut filly sired by Ivory Touch (USA) provided stiff competition right until the very end. Dashrath Singh was the jockey who almost wrested the trophy away from Trevor on Sunday. Lady Lenette is trained by Adhiraj S Jodha.
Intense Approach – Trainer SK Sunderji’s ward was ridden by jockey Nicky Mackay in this Sunday race. The chestnut gelding is the progeny of Western Aristocrat (USA) and Amber Valley (GB). Behind by 2 lengths in third, Intense Approach was just a neck ahead of Successor who finished fourth at the end of the race.
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