The end of the 2018-19 Winter Season (Mumbai Meeting) of the Royal Western India Turf Club is fast approaching. Out of the half a dozen races scheduled for the Thirtieth Day of the Mumbai Meeting this Sunday, we are focusing on the two most intriguing contests on the cards. So without further ado, here are our Indian horse racing tips for the weekend.
What Are Our Indian Horse Racing Tips For The Weekend?
1. The Karl Umrigar Trophy
This race could prove to be very hard to call, as it is an exclusive event for three year old maidens. Furthermore, there are no past wins to bank on. Therefore, we will have to look at their short career placings and recent practice runs to pick a winner in this one. It is a 1400m race scheduled to take place on Sunday evening 5:30 PM. Though only Indian horses are allowed to participate, the Karl Umrigar trophy does allow foreign jockeys to race.
– Top Picks
Cliffs of Capri – This gelding has raced twice in its career so far. The last event was a 1200m Multi Million race in early February. In both events, it subsequently returned as a middle of the table finisher in fifth position (out of 11 and 12 each). Cliffs of Capri could fare better against less experienced horses in Sunday’s race. Especially with the P. Trevor as its jockey, and the horse having been trained by P. Shroff.
Copper Queen – Again trained by P. Shroff, this 3-year old filly returned excellent results in her last two races in this year’s Mumbai Meeting. As a 2-year old in December 2018, she posted her first placing at number three in a 1000m sprint. She then replicated the result in the longer, 1200m Rochester Trophy in January 2019.
Principessa – After a poor showing in her first race in January 2019, (11 out of 13), this filly turned things around after a month with a 4th place finish in the 1600m Col. Govind Singh Trophy. Trained by Narendra Lagad, Principessa could have an edge in the slightly shorter race on Sunday.
Our Pick – We recommend Copper Queen for the win if odds-makers list him at 5/1. However, we expect Principessa to push it close to the stretch. Meanwhile, Cliffs of Capri could turn out to be the dark horse in this event with our Indian horse racing tips giving it an outside chance.
2. RM & Rukmani Goculdas Million
Now this one has a much stronger crop of horses in the running since it is a Grade III event. It is open for Indian horses four years and over, and is 1400m long. This race is open to foreign jockeys as well. The race card has five horses.
– Top Picks
New England – With a string of top three finishes (including two wins) in recent weeks and months, New England is the horse to beat on Sunday. In his last race in Hyderabad early March, this 6 year old gelding came up a commendable 4th in a 1600m Grade I event. Under the training of Imtiaz Sait, his last 5 performances look something like this: 3-1-2-1-4.
Turning Point – Having recorded two wins in her last two races, this 5 year old mare will be looking to make it a hatrick on Sunday. The only thing lowering her prospects is the fact that her recent wins were not in any of the top graded races. Trained by S K Sunderji, her recent form looks like this: 5-2-5-1-1.
Grand Accord – This 5-year old gelding is not stranger to being in the money. Grand Accord has 1 win and 2 placings in its last five starts. After suffering a slight dip in form in February, Grand Accord has improved this month, too, with a 2nd place finish in a 1400m race. The horses trainer is Karthik Ganapathy. In his last 5 runs, he came out with these placings – 1-3-5-5-2.
Our Pick – It has to be New England based on recent form and sheer wealth of experience in other graded races in the past. If odds-makers list him at 5/1 or longer odds, this New England could be the one to back. But Turning Point could upset the applecart. Meanwhile, Grand Accord is our long shot choice for these Indian horse racing tips.