After the disappointment of heavy rains cancelling racing on January 7th, racing action returns in full earnest to the Guindy racecourse on the 13th. This is Race Day 11 of the 2020 – 2021 Madras Races, and it will be a busy day on the tracks with 8 races. Our focus will be squarely on the fourth event of the day – a race called The Mysore Race Club Cup.

Before taking a gander at the horses on the race card, here is a quick look at the race basics:

The Mysore Race Club Cup At A Glance

The Mysore Race Club Cup is a Class 4 race for horses rated between 20 to 45. The fourth race on January 13th, it has a scheduled start time of 03:15 PM IST.

At 1800m, it is one of the longer races on the day, heavily favouring middle-distance runners or stayers. And speaking of the horses, seven thoroughbreds have been accepted by the Stewards for this race. Check out how you can bet on Madras Race.

The race has a total prize purse of INR 3,75,000 with 1,70,800 going to the winner. The race record was set way back in Nov 2001 by Imperial Scholar. Let’s take a quick look at the main horses in the running on Wednesday at Chennai.

The Contenders 

#1 Star Templar 

The top-rated horse at 42 coming into this race is a 4-year-old chestnut gelding. Sired by Saamidd (GB) off dam Marisa Go (CAN), he started racing in 2019. Star Templar has a 1-0-2 record from 8 starts. His recent races have yielded 5-10 (after an 8-month break).

#2 Otus 

Sired by the legend Kingda Ka (AUS) off Golden Bright (USA), Otus is a 5-year-old bay gelding with zero wins to his name (14 starts). But in terms of top 4 finishes, he is quite reliable at 0-3-3-3. He also has a decent form at 7-4-3 (after a spell of 9 months).

#3 Shreya’s Pet

5-year-old bay mare with 19 starts to her credit, she carries a 39 rating. Her sire is Carnival Dancer (GB). With a 2-3-2-4 overall finish record, she is a reliable one. But recent form is quite disappointing at 8-6-8, returning after a spell of 8 months.

#4 City of Sails

Sired by Rebuttal (USA) off dam Christmas Fever (USA), this 7-year-old bay gelding is a seasoned campaigner. His 37 starts have yielded a record of 2-6-1-4 in top-four finishes. He is rated at 35 for this race. Recent performances after a 10-month break yielded 7-2 in places.

#5 Blue Patent 

The progeny of Sedgefield (USA) and Blue Ridges (IRE) is a 4-year-old chestnut gelding with a 33 rating. His 8 starts have yielded 1 win, which was in his most recent race at Chennai on January 1. Recent performances show steady improvement – 12-9-6-6-1.

#6 Moonlight Night

The issue of Varenar (FR) off dam Luminous One (IRE), this one is a 5-year-old bay mare. Her 11 starts to date have yielded finishes of 1-1-2-2 in the top four. Her most recent win was in November at Chennai (1400m), coming back after a 9-month break.

#7 Welcome Chakkaram 

Previously called Welcome Wonder, this 5-year-old chestnut gelding is the son of Corporate Jungle and Triemhese Tirim (both USA). He is the lowest-rated at 27, with 9 starts yielding 1-0-1-1. That sole victory came a year ago at Chennai at the same distance.

Top Picks for Mysore Race Club Cup (Winner)

Of the two 40+ rated horses in this race, #2 Otus seems to have the best prospects as he has experience racing in a higher Class and some good runs at the longer distances above 1600m. 14 races in, the son of Kingda Ka is due for a win and it could come in this race on Wednesday. You can also follow our horse race betting guide.

Of the other horses, #4 City of Sailsseems a good pick with wins in Class 3 and good form in a recent 2000m race (2nd place). He is also middle of the pack in terms of rating and weight allowance, with considerable experience.

As a rather exciting young prospect, #5 Blue Patent is a long shot pick, with a recent win at the same distance, albeit in Class 5. But he is young and has good bloodlines. But he is untested in this class.

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