India Weekend Race Review – 9 September, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on September 10, 2019

The highlight of the recently concluded weekend races at Hyderabad was the prestigious President of India Gold Cup. Along with that long-distance endurance race, we also focused on a Division One maiden race as part of our regular look at horse racing weekends in India. Here is our India weekend race review of the weekend horse-racing action in both these events at Hyderabad.

The Elusive Hero Plate Div -1 

A total prize purse of INR 900,000 (roughly GBP 10,000) was on offer in this 1100m sprint aimed at three-year-old colts and fillies. Scheduled as the first race of the day, it had ten contenders on the cards. Our top pick for this one was Bob Campbell, with Speed Warrior as the second choice, and Kimberly Cruise as the long-shot pick.

While Speed Warrior managed a respectable fourth, Bob Campbell was poor with a run that put him in the bottom three. That left Kimberly Cruise and here is how she finished the race:

  1. Kimberly Cruise – Trainer D Netto’s ward lived up to the high expectations placed on her, coming in first by a clear margin of almost four lengths. With jockey Kiran Naidu in the saddle, she cantered home to her first-ever victory. She managed to impressively clinch it in the first race. Kimberly Cruise is the progeny of Top Class (USA).
  2. Dimension – He is a three-year-old bay colt sired by Roi Maudit (USA). Trained by M Satyanarayana, Dimension has completed five runs so far, with this being his solitary notable finish. Rohit Kumar took the reins for this race.
  3. Golden Faraska – Sired by Royal Gladiator off dam Mina Girl (USA), this is a bay gelding from the yards of KSV Prasad Raju. Neeraj Rawal piloted him to a third-place finish in the race, ahead of Speed Warrior in fourth by a margin of just half-length. This was the seventh race in Golden Faraska’s career.

The President of India Gold Cup 

The Grade 2 race, while not short on history or prestige, was certainly short on competitors. With just five horses signed up for the event, it painted a stark picture of the Indian preference for sprinters over the stayers. And there were no major upsets in this one, as the tote favorite (and our number one pick) Desert God remained on top.

Our other picks included Reunion as number two and Secretive Force as the long shot. Of the two, Reunion finished lower in the fourth position. Here is how the race ended for Secretive Force:

  1. Desert God – With a winning margin of six and a half lengths, this race was a stroll for the aging champion. The seven-year young son of Burden of Proof (IRE) was totally dominant in this race. This was the 17th win of his illustrious career, out of 26 runs.  Desert God was ridden by A Sandesh in this race and trained by S Padmanabhan.
  2. Secretive Force – Among the also-rans, this dark brown colt emerged as the fastest over 2400m. Trained by Darius Byramji, he is the son of Multidimensional. Experienced jockey S Zervan held his reins for this race. Secretive continues his excellent form, having finished inside the top three ten times out of ten starts.
  3. My Opinion – Third place went to this four-year-old chestnut colt, an issue of Dancing Forever (USA). Coming from the stables of RH Sequeira, Reunion has so far competed in 21 races, winning five and finishing in the top four eleven other times. His jockey for this race was CS Jodha.

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