The regular racing season at Mumbai Mahalaxmi Racecourse has come to an end with the last of the scheduled race days completed at the end of March. But we still have a few weekends of action to savour, as the Royal Western India Turf Club has allocated several special weekend race days in April to accommodate cancelled or rescheduled races leftover from the regular season. This weekend also promises to be an exciting one for punters, with six different contents on offer. Here are our Indian horse racing tips for two of the most promising races out of them all.
What Are Our Indian Horse Racing Tips For The Weekend?
1. The Maharaja Sir Harisinghji Trophy
This is a quite important Grade 2 race, the only one of its kind scheduled for the weekend. The race is open for horses above the age of four years. It has an average distance of approximately 1600m and foreign jockeys are eligible to participate. There are five horses in the running for this evening race on Sunday. Here are our Indian horse racing tips:
– Top Picks
Out of the five, we like the prospect of these three horses the best:
Sarjeant At Arms – This six-year-old thoroughbred trained by SS Attaollahu has had a strong season in 2019. He has recorded a win and a third-place finish in his two outings in Mumbai. As both the events were 1600m races, Sarjeant At Arms should be in its comfort zone on Sunday. And he also has beaten quality opposition, with his last win coming in a Grade 1 Super Mile Cup.
Whomakestherules – Coming from the stables of trainer M Narredu, this is a six-year-old thoroughbred with a winning record of 1 out of 3. Both his races this season were against Grade 1 competition. So he has what it takes to dominate the track on Sunday. His last win was in January in the 2000m Indian Champion Cup. Therefore, a return to form is long overdue.
Caprisca – A five-year-old gelding who clinched a win in his last event on March 10th, Caprisca is no stranger to coming out on top in a race in Mumbai. Trained by Imtiaz Sait, this horse has shown great potential as a stayer, performing well in 1800 – 2400m events. He might struggle a bit in the shorter format. However, his recent experience in other Grade 2 races should hold him in good stead.
Our Pick – Sarjeant At Arms to win the race provided the odds-makers list him at 5/1, with Whomakestherules a close second. Caprisca gets our nod as the longshot choice.
2. The Behram A Engineer Trophy
With ten horses on the track, this is going to be a very exciting and hopefully not too chaotic race on Sunday! It is a Class III race open to all Indian thoroughbreds rated between 40 and 66 (20 – 39 also eligible). This is a shorter sprint at 1200m slated for a late 7 PM start on Sunday. Here are our top picks from a crowded race card:
– Top Picks
Pablo – A four-year-old gelding from the stables of trainer Sanjay Kolse, Pablo has one win and two placings to his name from four starts so far. He is in decent nick this year, with his last three races returning 3-4-1. His win camein late March in a 1200m Plate event.
El Commandante – The four-year-old gelding has been in “commanding” form this season with a near perfect haul of two wins and two placings in his four races. All his races were short 1200m affairs, marking him out as a potent sprinter. With a recent record of 2-1-2, he looks in supreme form and should be a hot favourite for the Sunday race.
Harmony of the Sea – yet another strong contender from the stables of Imtiaz Sait, this one is a five-year-old mare. She has so far bagged one win and one placing from four starts for a decent 50% record. Her recent good runs have come in 1400m events, with the last being a win in the Osman Chotani Plate on 21st March.
Our Pick – El Commandante to win the race; he looks really strong and is our selection provided the odds-makers list him at 5/1. Meanwhile, our Indian horse racing tips have Pablo to run him close in a battle of geldings, with Harmony of the Sea being a sound choice for an outside chance winner.
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