India Weekend Race Recap – May 5th, 2019

By Dhanu Delphi on May 8, 2019

The majority of the race courses in India have shut shop for the summers. The racing season at the cool environs of the Ooty Race Club, on the other hand, is just starting to heat up. Set amidst the picturesque Nilgiri Hills, the racing here extends through the month of May and well into June. The first weekend races of the month threw up some interesting results for the horses we picked as part of our weekend Ooty Race Club betting preview.

Ooty Race Club Betting: Review For May 5th

The Madras Regimental Centre Challenge Trophy

With eight experienced horses in the running, this 1500m race was always going to be an interesting affair. Though two of our Ooty Race Club betting picks failed to figure among the winners, we were able to successfully pick the winner for this one. Our top pick for this race was Semele, with Optimus Commander as the second favourite and Royal Protocal as the long shot choice. The race subsequently ended with these three horses in the lead:

1. Optimus Commander

With jockey Rohit Kumar in the saddle, Optimus Commander narrowly edged out ahead in the final stretch by a shoulder length. The five-year-old chestnut stallion ended with a time of 1:32:61. With this win, Optimus Commander now has 2 wins and two places out of six starts so far.

2. Knight in Armour

This four-year-old bay gelding now has three second-place finishes out of five starts. This therefore makes him a decent long shot choice for future races. Moreover, most of his races were over 1400m, indicating that he is probably more of a stayer. He comfortably finished the race on Sunday with a lead of over three lengths over the horse in pursuit. KS Mandanna is the trainer of Knight in Armour.

3. Cerrado

This five-year-old bay mare is yet to win in an event in her career. So far, she has had three places out of five starts, all of them in third place. There is still plenty of room for improvement with this one. Trained by R Foley and with Nakhat Singh in the saddle, Cerrado finished the race with a time of 1:33:18.

As for our other two picks, Royal Protocal and Semele rounded out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

The Western Catchment Plate

A shorter race at 1300m, this one also had a lesser quality field with horses rated between 40 and 65. Though many of the horses were evenly matched, for our Ooty Race Club betting tips we did manage to pick two out of the top three before the race. Unfortunately, the winner was not among them. For reference, we had chosen Start Fling, Fort St George, and Royal Symphony as our trio to watch for in this race.

1. Cotton Hall

A four-year-old with a couple of wins under her kitty at the Madras Race Club in Chennai, Cotton Hall ran out a clear winner on Sunday. She had a commanding lead of over six lengths on the chasing pack. We had narrowly shaded her out of our top three during the preview due to her poor showing in the last race in March. Besides, this was her first race in Ooty. Trained by Mandanna, Cotton Hall was subsequently ridden to victory by jockey C Umesh.

2. Royal Symphony

Our long shot pick had an excellent race on Sunday, and finished narrowly ahead of Fort St George in second place. This chestnut mare had a time of 1:19:81. With this performance, she has managed to claw her way back from a rut which had seen her finish 4-5-5 in the last three events.

3. Fort St George

With a decent record of 1-5-1-6, quite similar to Cotton Hall, Fort St George was one of our favourites for this race. This gelding was then neck and neck with Royal Symphony as the horses neared the post. But he was narrowly bested by the mare and ended up behind by a length of just one neck.

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