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Posted by Sarat Sharma at 9:43 AM
1. REAL SPEED-SKYROS
2. PACE MAKER-CHOICE FOR EVER
3. HERO'S POWER-ZINGARO-RESILIENCE
4. DREAM DEBUT-RABI KOUNGA-FAURTIES
5. LAGUINNAS-IMAGINE-ASHWA PAKHEE
6. PALADIN-FOREST MUSIC-DOLTON POWER
DOUBLE======PACE MAKER X PALADIN
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 10:48 AM
1. GYPSY QUEEN has been in form but could not win under better riders. DANCING MONEY may surprise as he has age on side. MORALITY is tracking well , may be tried as the owner must have spent lacs on this non placed 6 year old. KIMAYA has got form on his side, should be ON. ABOVE ALL is the other one from the scheming trainer.
2. BLUE THUNDER is a costly purchase gone wrong., flopped on backing but is tracking well. ORION STAR is tracking quite well and this speedy type has an allowance jockey. WELLS FARGO is at the right handicap to strike though he needs a bit of distance. TEHERANI won with the rider looking back but the placement of a below average jockey is a dampener.
WELLS FARGO- BLUE THUNDER-ORION STAR
3. BRUTUS is showing out in tracks, has a good jockey. DANTE ROSSETTI is tracking well, needs this run. OCEAN ADMIRAL is looking good for a win, the wards of the owner haven’t been performing ? PROUD STAR is well bred from the dam side and has been subjected to solid preparation. TORRIGILIA is bound to be in the race as the tracks and the rider on this half brother top PHENOMENALE are suggestive indications. ZILLIONAIRE is full brother to good type RED DRAGON, is tracking fast.
4. RIVER GEM goes over the ideal scurry and he looks very fit. EYE OF THE STORM is a well bred which has landed in a stable known for not trying most of the times. AMARANZA is the most aged horse running in the country and still has a chance. ENTICEMENT was given an awful ride as a favorite by the notorious rider last time, may show out. FISH PILOT has a chance to grace the board again.
5. ROYAL GESTURE has a full allowance jockey and the competition is weak. CRÈME DE LA CRÈME has nothing much to beat if tried. LORD OF KILLARNEY is full brother to good sprinter SUCCESSOR, may need a run. When will BLAZING SPEED earn something, hasn’t done anything for years?
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME-LORD OF KILLARNEY-ROYAL GESTURE
6. LIGHTNING CAVALARY is a sound stayer. ORIENTAL MAGIC has a try jockey to improve on last standing. KRUG is a dud with the champion trainer, let us see what the recharged Prakash can do. VACHERON has come to hand and should count today as the tracks are good and the well bred should take the trip easily. GREEN SIGNAL is in fine form, may try to force the issue.
VACHERON-ORIENTAL MAGIC-GREEN SIGNAL
7. MASEEHA is running too soon for comfort, looks at a very stiff handicap also. ICEBREAKER will be the favorite to beat, has all the credentials, distance is the issue. CLARION CALL can build up on her 2nd over this trip before. STAR ALLIANCE is the youngster who ran 5th in the Indian Derby and the son of Razeen can improve.
STAR ALLIANCE-ICE BREAKER
8. AQUALINA is tracking well, should be a front runner. MID DAY LADY is speedy in trials. OCEAN FARER has been well scrubbed in tracks. VIVA LA VIDA has all the credentials to win after the last suggestive run followed by good tracks.
VIVA LA VIDA-MID DAY LADY-AQUALINA
9. SPLENDID SECRET has the distance in favor, the rider is improving type. PRINCE BRIJENDRA was a failed favorite in Pune, the last run brings him in thick of things now. MONK’S FERRARI was kept in check by the wily rider in last run, may improve. GERRARD may be trying to place again. SEA ANGEL is knocking to run on board, the try jockey is an indicator.
PRINCE BRIJENDRA-SEA ANGEL-MONK’S FERRARI
DOUBLE=====OCEAL ADMIRAL X VIVA LA VIDA
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 11:45 AM
Race Musings-Time and again scheming people take the hapless public for a ride, the pity is that these persons do it with regularity and mostly manage to get away with it. In yesterday’s races YOU’RE STUNNING appearing after a change in name from STUNNING GREY with a very ordinary and dubious jockey was backed down form 5 to 2 on to even money. All through the pre race time it was being touted as a stable gamble. The bookies from the ring confirmed that the connections from the other contender ICE MINT had bet on this horse and Chauhan was a non jobber as he is a loyalist of Anniah camp. The odds on ICE MINT who is very well bred and was showing out in tracks went up from 2 to 1 to 5 to 1. A wise look at the credentials of the favorite showed that it had no form, was not tracked and is by a very average Delhi type sire. Yet bundles of money went into thee bookies sachets and how the owners made money via the bookies is for one and all to speculate.
1. SKY EMPRESS has been well prepared, belongs to a well performing owner. NEVER SAY GOODBYE is half brother to decent type DESERT RULE, may need more distance. PARTATONE has been tracking reasonably well. SPARK OF SAPPHIRE is full brother to PYTHAGORAS , the owners were unlucky not to win on their favorite yesterday, may be trying again.
SKY EMPRESS-NEVER SAY GOODBYE -PORTA TONE
2. WAY TO FANTASY may be active under this rider who has ridden well recently without winning . BLACK SPLENDOUR is a winner of 5 races, has been cleverly kept in lower classes all through, the rider has a chance. RAIN MAN may run well. GIVE ME THE MONEY has a terrible rider who is good in pulling favorites. FLIP YOUR DESTINY can run well on backing, the scheming trainer has bought down his runners.
FLIP YOUR DESTINY- BLACK SPLENDOUR- WAY TO FANTASY
3. GIFT OF LOVE had upset the hot favorite in a close finish, should have improved. DIMSUM had gone away for a very easy win, the rider is weak. Play IMMENSE today, going to be my bet of the day. ICE BOUND is half brother to black type SANSKARA, has impressed in preparation.
IMMENSE-ICE BOUND-DIM SUM
4. STAR LEAGUE is knocking for a win, the rider switch is positive. TRAFALGAR SQUARE has been very well prepared, the rider is average. CARRIBEAN PIRATE may place. ZIGGY STARDUST is being urged in tracks, goes under the rider who won on him 3 years back.
STAR LEAGUE-ZIGGY STARDUST-TRAFALGAR SQUARE
5. CAPTIVATING is showing out in tracks, has class but top weights should be a worry. BLINK was a easy winner going all the way, may run well again. SOBERANO is maintaining form. MIGHTY HEART is inconsistent, can not be backed. ADVANTAGE LOGAN has been badly handicapped, will find it difficult despite being very promising in last win. PHOENIX REACH is impressive in mornings. LOWNDES SQUARE is in top form, likes this distance and may upset.
CAPTIVATING- LOWNDES SQUARE- PHOENIX REACH
6. MOON MEMORIES is tracking well, has a chance here even at top weight. GLITERATTO has the best rider to fight out. LUSH LASHES comes out better on handicap, should win if jumps out well. SHER DIL is a good type from a very ordinary stable.
LUSH LASHES – GLIBERATTO-MOON MEMORIES
7. DARK HORSE is an unlucky horse with a sly owner, can not win as there are too many negatives in the horses environment. SEASON’S GREETINGS is tracking well. MANTHARA goes under a rider who won on her 3 years ago nearly at these weights. THUMPING VICTORY was given a soft ride, has capability to out run the weakfish lot. NEEL GAGAN was tipped as a place prospect by the trainer last time, may grace the board now.
THUMPING VICTORY-MANTHARA-DARK HORSE
8. MAN DOWN UNDER is being scrubbed in works. CASH IS KING has been painstakingly prepared, the owner has bought may hoses , should get a winner from the betting stables. ATTATURK has been given 8 easy runs, if it is backed down to win, make your choice. BONZIZN has been given a couple of gates.
CASH IS KING- MAN DOWN UNDER- BONZINI
9. SKY GLIDER is from a failed sire, could not fight out when backed last time. FLEETING SPIRIT is tracking very well, can out run the poor field. MATIAS ran poorly at Hyderabad, has a chance. JALDI has a chance to improve. AMAZING WORLD has initial speed.
FLEETING SPIRIT-SKY GLIDER-JALDI
DOUBLE=====LUSH LASHES X CASH IS KING
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 11:35 AM
The race card looks extremely competitive with many horses having chances to win and few clear favorites. The reason is that most racers have run 6 to more number of times in the season and also the fact that the good foreign jockeys have taken a break. The time is ideal for scheming trainers like Puttana, Sharat Kumar and the likes to come out with late gambles. It would also be interesting to watch the performance of once the leading stable of MAM who is recently accused of making money by negative bets on his favorites who open as favorites and soon are available at longer odds and run like duds. B Prakash makes way for another talented and mature rider C Rajendra who is well experienced in running his mounts as per the owner’s directions.
1. MILAGRO has a very ordinary jockey, the last 4th should be improved upon. MAC is a game handicapper. SOUTH PARADISE has been well tracked through the season, has to be seriously tried now. MAN UNITED has not been tracked, has a decent rider. YAMAGUCHI won surprisingly very easily, considering its earlier performance it would be difficult for him to perform well in this class. HIDALGO is game handicapper who may be tried.
MILAGRO- SOUTH PARADISE- YAMAGUCHI
2. FIRM AMBER won very well and is a candidate for repeat. CAMELOT is a well bred who has come to hand, the allowance jockey has a decent chance. CLASSIC CONCEPT is tracking well, the distance is ideal. PERSIAN PRINCESS is a failed favorite. RED LAD is coming up in trials.
CAMELOT-FIRM AMBER-CLASSIC CONCEPT
3. LITTLE SPLENDOUR has been tracking well, should improve on last half hearted effort. BHAGIRATHI won a good gamble and will be looking to repeat as the last effort was note worthy. MISSY MOONLIGHT is a timid filly, has tracked well. RUMOUR PROOF is on the up and will be fighting out.
BHAGIRATHI-RUMOUR PROOF-MISSY MOONLIGHT
4. BORN TO FLY is full brother to good type ARCHIPENKO and is owned by the same owner, has impressed a lot in tracks. SADDLE CHIEF did not run as well as expected, the bloodlines are decent. REZOOM was a faraway 2nd who is tracking well. SCORCHING ACE is well bred and has been given a couple of runs, the last few works are suggestive. ATHABASCA STAR is full brother to gone wrong WESTERN CHALLENGE , has potential to do well.
SCORCHING ACE-BORN TO FLY-REZOOM
5. A quagmire of a race with most runners capable of winning. ANOTHER DESTINY in this age group can not be ignored despite the top weight. MAGNANIMITY is working very well. FLAMING LAMBHORGINI is down in class and at suitable weights. CLASSIC DANCER has run better than LOGAN’S RUN, who has bettered DISTINCTLY AHEAD and MAGNANIMITY in the season. SUN ZONE gave notice of fitness in last run and has an allowance jockey.
LOGAN’S RUN -SUN ZONE-CLASSIC DANCER
6. GRAND TOPAZ won well and should be tried again. ICE MINT is catching the eyes of track reporters in the morning. SUPER SPECTACLE has run with better types in summers. JEWEL LADY has been well prepared.
GRAND TOPAZ-ICE MINT-JEWEL LADY
7. SPARK OF ISIS has a habit of going lame after a race run, has potential. LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN has been given a couple of gates, he is a threat if he breaks out level. CASPIAN SEA is an end of the season type, the tracks are good. YOUR DESTINY is picking up lots of stakes, goes at low weights.
CASPIAN SEA-LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN-SPARK OF ISIS
8. STRON MINDED is in good form. STYLISH BAY is due for a win and the rider is strong. VOICE OF INDIA warmed up to win last time, has a tough ask now. CANAVARO looks good on comparison but appears out of form. ROMANCE IN THE AIR went on to win all the way, the weights suit.
STYLISH BAY-STRONG MINDED-CANAVARO
9. TANZANITE has raced in classic company after winning the maidens, has been a let down after that, looks at a good handicap. VIRTUOSO has to defy the handicap for the upset win. SPARK OF SOLITAIRE is a speedy one who is tracking fine. MARIE CURIE was pathetic in last run, may regain forwardness under this rider.
TANZANITE-SPARK OF SOLITAIRE-MARIE CURIE
DOUBLE=====CASPIAN SEA X TANZANITE
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 9:29 AM
1. BAY OF THUNDER-REAL STRONG
2. ASHWA PARISHTA-LAGUINNLAS- ENERGETIC GIRL
3. ENYA-MIDDLE MAN
4. ASHWA PAYALIA-WIND STORM-REAL SCOTCH
5. GANDH RAJ-FOREST MUSIC-SUPER GIRL
6. SPICY MOVE-HELLO DOLLY-POLISH BEAUTY
DOUBLE=======BAY OF THUNDER X ASHWA PAYALIA
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 12:00 PM
On sheer class and form JACQUELINE has a decent chance to enter the record books. She had convincingly beaten the best in Indian Derby. BECKET was a very good 2nd as he was running first time on this track and was wearing supportive bandages. If the racing / betting mafia is to be believeed there is a strong support for the handsome colt to lift the auspicious trophy today . The colt is likely to be hammered down as favorite during betting time.
1. NUMISMATIST has run 2nd over this distance and that run should have bought him on. SACRED RELIC has been working well, the connections would be itching to do well on this festive day. KALIGA STAR is an outsider who may surprise. MONK’S FERRARI is bred to stay, has an outside chance. DREAM RIDE has an average jockey, may run well.
SACRED RELIC-NUMISMATIST-DREAM RIDE
2. HIGHLAND FLAME is speedy and has an allowance jockey to go for a hat trick. OUR FORTUNE ran below par in last run, has enough class to win. VIOLETTA is to be backed till beaten. FOREVER YOUNG could not match strides with EL TROPICO in last run, has low weights now. ESTEVEZ is a fine sprinter , the rider is weak.
VIOLETTA-OUR FORTUNE-FOREVER YOUNG
3. DAFFODILS is down in class and has an allowance jockey. PRINE OF TROY has an allowance jockey, the horse has been a failed favorite. POMME DE TERRE ran suggestively last time, may improve. IJLAL is a failed favorite, may be tried again as he is working well.
DAFFODILS-IJLAL-POMME DE TERRE
4. NOBEL GLORY showed good acceleration in the straight in last win. BEYOND STARS was a notable finisher in last win, BEAUTIFUL STRANGER was the beaten one who went on to win the P B M Million. OCEAN WISH has a top rider for the well bred. BULLET was a forward runner who is tracking well. DEAR HENRY is by the good sire cross with a black type and is showing out in trials.
BEYOND STARS-DEAR HENRY-NOBEL GLORY
5. DANCING DYNAMITE is in top form after the very convincing win. DIEGO RIVIERA ran a great race after a long break and will threaten all now. JUVENTUS was the favorite for this race last year when it was caught on the post, will try to take revenge now, he is looking very fit. SPRINT STAR ran a easy race yesterday and now goes for the ideal trip.
DANCING DYNAMITE-DIEGO RIVIERA- JUVENTUS
6. FOREST FLAIR ran a curiously poor race when hyped as a good thing in sprinters cup, the added distance is clearly a disadvantage. AGHA is the aged dark’un here. CIELO RAY is in top form. PEPE JUNIOR is a good handicapper. SLIK KIT has impressed in his wins this season.
CIELO REY-FOREST FLAIR-SLIK KIT
7. JACQUELINE had beaten BECKET from a very disadvantageous position and yet there is a lot of grapevine talk which is suggesting BECKET will win today. The only thing I can say is that the top Indian jockey Suraj has got a chance to step into fame if he delivers. Both horses are working well. NATIVE KNIGHT is the maiden who has a chance to follow the above once again . CHANGE OF LUCK may run an improved race, she has finished ahead of the favorite last year.
JACQUELINE-BECKET-CHANGE OF LUCK
8. DE NADA has a good rider to win now, last run was suggestive. VISIONAIRE won well and may repeat. ILLUMINATE is always in betting order and has to improve to win. ALIZE would be tried under this rider, may place.BREEZE AND I is a well bred who is bound to improve after the last win.
9. LYRICAL LASS has not been stretched in last run, may run well as the tracks are good. HUNTER BAY won both tomes as a good type, can repeat. SAINTS N SINNERS has been the good gamble of the lucky owner , what are the intentions today, the betting odds at race time will clearly indicate the intent, the horse is top class. IL TABBARO is at low weights.
HUNTER BAY-LYRICAL LASS-IL TABBARO
DOUBLE=====SACRED RELIC X BEYOND STARS
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 10:25 AM
1. SOCORORO has come down by heaps and is now at a suitable handicap to win over the favorite distance. PRIME TIME is a failed favorite from a betting stable, the tracks are good. GREY ISLAND was finishing on well in last run. BLUSH is a very well bred being trained by a controversial trainer. MOHABBI looked good in last work, the small time trainer has got his gambles working recently.
SOCORORO-GREY ISLAND-PRIME TIME
2. ANGELO has been tracking consistently well thru the season. OH CALCUTTA is going over the right trip, the tracks are good. SEA SPARROW is a gamble horse, got left in gates last time, all have to catch him now as he has been well tuned for the day. DEEP PURPLE is at low weights with a try jockey.
SEA SPARROW-OH CALCUTTA-DEEP PURPLE
3. ECSTATICA is in top form and can make a race of it even against 4 year olds. SEA STAR won in a close finish, has a difficult handicap now. HARMONICA should have benefited from the last run, has raced well against better types. ATTILA is at suitable weights.
4. DIAMOND HUNTER is a giant killer, has beaten hopefuls before. PALAZZIO”S SON ran 2nd to too good OASIS STAR in last sprinters cup, the trainer has erred in not preparing him for the important event. FOREST FLAIR has beaten all before and is best on paper. SEA RULER has a chance to upset as he has now the experience of a sprint. SPRINT STAR is the best performed over a mile in this company, the longish straight may be to his liking even in sprint and he may live up to his name.
FOREST FLAIR-SEA RULER-SPRINT STAR
5. BLUE MELLON is attractive in tracks. LIGHT MY WAY ran green as a favorite in last run, has improved and the trip should suit. LIONWOODS is bred to stay, was late to finish in last run. OCEAN YARRMAN is well bred and should improve over this trip. XISCA has run well in first run, was sacrificed in the next, has an outside chance for the leading trainer to score.
LIGHT MY WAY- XISCA-LIONWOODS
6. MASEEHA is the local hope, has won last time by sheer luck, has a poor lot to handle. OROCHI is a fine stayer who was 4th in last stayers cup. CONCEPTUAL has been very impressive winner at S India and is looking good in trials. CLASSERVILLE has age on side to stay.
7. LAKHADEMA has his task cut out, the handicap is tight and the field is large to force through. ALASKA ran suggestively last time. SILVER SOUL is working attractively after last place, will be in the fray. INSITE SOUL can upset, has come down a lot. YOUNG OFFENDER has not been ridden by a competent rider for a long time. MARINE ZONE caught the attention with a good run last time
8. OCEAN ODDYSEY is full brother to good type FOREVER YOUNG, is notable in tracks. STAR CRAFT showed lots of early speed in last run. TITLIEST has been just about there, may place. SERENITY has worked well, hasn’t run for a longish duration.
OCEAN ODDYSEY-SERENITY-STAR CRAFT
DAYS BEST====SEA SPARROW
DOUBLE======HARMONICA X FOREST FLAIR
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 12:05 PM
1. ASHWA SHAURYA is tracking well, the distance is suitable. ODDS N EVENS is the youngster who won comfortably and should win in this class. PALADIN retains zest and may place. CHARG AWAY is pleasing in tracks and will be tried. SINGH IS KING was a surprise winner who may be out of depth here.
ODDS N EVENS-ASHWA SHAURYA-CHARG AWAY
2. DAZZLE has no work after last win, can not be backed. REAL STRONG has an average rider, the handicap suits. LUCKY HONEY is running after a long time, was a failed favorite at Pune, has tendency to bleed, the gates were good? GLORIA belongs to a lousy trainer. GANDIVA is due for a win, may upset.
3. ZINGARO should like the added distance. CAVALARY BRIGADE is being tracked after long, the trip suits. MATTALIKA has been scrubbed in works, has a strong rider and stays well. QUEEN OF SUN is moving well in mornings. DAGGER’S POINT has dropped back to winning handicap, the rider switch be considered.
4. DANCING BEAUTY is the best horse but with a negative jockey, the distance is the worry for the owner who will be interested in his other ward here. BREAKING MAULD looks good here after the last run. GALLOP is from a good stable, may place. DANCING BABE will be in the fray, has tracked well and bloodlines are in favor of such a trip.
BREAKING MOULD-DANCING BABE-GALLOP
5. DAZZLING FLAME is in fine form, has a rookie for repeat effort at allowance weights. ASHWA PRAYAG is tracking well and the distance is ideal. ASSERTIVE has a decent chance to repeat, has won this trip easily. BEATRICE is tracking well.
ASHWA PRAYAG-ASSERTIVE-DAZZLING FLAME
6. RABI KOUNGA is a fine sprinter who has worries of top weight. AFEA is a surprise runner, has beaten some good horses in Bangalore. SHY BEAUTY is working very well. QUALITY ASSURANCE is a good type gone bad under this controversial trainer. SPLENDID MAN has been a money spinner, will be fighting for his head. KING’S CHALLENGE has weights in favor, is due for a win.
KING’S CHALLENGE-RABI KOUNGA-SPLENDID MAN
7. CLASS N MYSTIC is tracking well, has a chance here. FEARLESS NEGOTIATOR is in good form. RISING PRINCESS looked promising in earlier runs, may be under a set back. AMITY has impressed in tracks, can account for the field here which has run together a few times at close handicap. DOON BOY is tracking well.
AMITY-CLASS N MYSTIC-FEARLESS NEGOTIATOR
DAYS BEST====ASHWA PRAYAG
DOUBLE======ODDS N EVENS X METTALIKA
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 10:45 AM
1. PRINCE IF HABASHE-YOUNG STAR-DARTOS THE MUSCLE
2. WINNING STRIDES-ROYAL CROWN-TRISTAR
3. GREETWELL-AIM HIGH-THE BEATLES ANGEL
4. SUNRAY-DIXIE BELL-AIRBORNE MAGIC
5. HUSSLER-AVE MARIA-GRAND RAPIDS
6. SPLENDID ACT-GREEN MIST-F RUBY
7. SUGAR BABY-EASY TOUCH-TIARA
8. STAR PROSPECT-DON VALENTINO-GOLDEN QUEEN
9. AVON GORGE-CABOCHON-FIRST SOLAR
DAYS BEST====WINNING STRIDES
DOUBLE=======GREET WELL X HUSSLER
Posted by Sarat Sharma at 11:35 AM