India Weekend Race Review – 1st September, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on September 4, 2019

Punters had a mixed day out on the weekend at Pune this past Sunday with tote favorites outshined in more than a few horse races. Our last horse racing preview focused on a Class 1 race and an exciting maiden for three-year-olds. Here is our India weekend race review for the horses we picked at the Pune Race Course on September 1:

The Alaindair Trophy

With just five horses in the running, this 1600m race was supposed to be a great opportunity for Bronx, the tote favorite. Besides this bay gelding, we also picked Turning Point as part of our top two contenders shortlist along with Kingsman as a long-shot choice. The race was a dud for Turning Point who finished dead last. Here is how the top three looked, with the other two horses in it:

  1. Auburn – A five-year-old bay mare from the stables of trainer Vishal Gaikwad, Auburn had been winless for more than a year. Her return to form with jockey Zervan in the saddle was a memorable one. The duo ran the perfect race from start to finish, chasing down Bronx and the other more fancied horses. Auburn comes from Nanoli Stud Farms and is the daughter of Champs Elysees (GB) and Atwirl (GB).
  2. Bronx – The favorite could not close the gap created by Auburn in the end and had to settle for second by a margin of a solitary length. The progeny of China Visit (USA) and Blue Ridge, this bay gelding is trained by Nosher Cama and had jockey Neeraj Rawal on top for Sunday’s race.
  3. Kingsman – Our long shot pick, untested at this level, had a good race finishing in third by a long neck. P Trevor was the jockey booked for this ward from the stables of trainer Deepesh Narredu. Hailing from Nanoli Stud, Kingsman is the result of a union between Phoenix Tower (USA) and dam Marquisa.

The Southern Command Trophy 

Arguably one of the highlights of the race day, this exciting maiden race had its share of twists and turns. The tote favorite (and our top pick) for this one was Sultan Suleiman who was running in his first race. Like our other two picks, we opted for Memorable Eyes and Rather Tippy. Of the trio, only Rather Trippy failed to live up to our expectations, finishing the race in the fifth spot.

Here is how the other two fared in the top three places:

  1. Sultan Suleiman – With a confident and measured performance, this son of Arazan (IRE) and Saffron Dancer (IRE) cantered home to his first win. Brilliantly guided by A Sandesh, this horse romped home by a comfortable margin of almost three lengths. Trainer Altaf Hussain has an exciting new contender in his yards who is certain to grab the attention of punters in future races.
  2. Memorable Eyes – A progeny of Multidimensional (IRE), this young gelding led the pack into the straight. Trained by Imtiaz Sait, he had jockey Imran Khan in the saddle for this event. Though outclassed by Sultan Suleiman in the end, he still had a decent debut.
  3. Revelator – Sired by Chinese Whisper (IRE) off dam Martinique, this colt hails from the stables of SK Sunderji. N S Parmar was his jockey in this race. Revelator gamely held on to the third spot ahead of the highly experienced Cliffs of Capri by a margin of one length. This was his first-ever race as well.

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