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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


OOTY RACES

Since racing season is about to come to an end with last racing in Delhi on 29 th one can have a look at Ooty Races. I was fortunate enough to spend about a year at Wellington in 1985 , an Army cantonment 20 odd kms short of Udhagamandalam popularly known as Oooty since British colonial days. The racing at the hill centre is unique as the race course has a funny shape with one hair pin bend at about 600m and the straight is just about 200m which suits short bursts of speed and older horses can perform as the bends give some breath catching time. This race course was perhaps the first one which allowed special stands for families and even small children and usually there was more of a picnic environment since many tourists would venture in for the sake of fun and excitement .Racing per se is not so serious at the centre as most horses belonging to small trainers who could not win at main Chennai centre were waited with to win at good odds and that trend has continued and even today form and handicap will often take a toss .I was still a novice at that time and being young would take hunch bets at long odds and till date I have not bettered the ones taken on TRIUMVIRATE and THE KING. If I am not wrong then CHAITANYA RATHAM and RED JUSTICE were the top contenders for the youngsters plum races, the former went on to win many races for the late trainer J Dhariwal.Racing here should be taken more for fun value and not for big punts as such a venture may hurt people like Mr RAM CHANDER .



1 PHOENIX FLIGHT may not perform over the staying trip. ONE’S OWN has comfortably beaten TAP IT RICH over a distance comfortably at Chennai last season and is well placed on scales but lacks form.

TAP IT RICH (2)-WIN

ONES OWN (3)-PLACE.

2. AUTUMN LOVE has top weight, was struggling in last run.BOW TO KING has a much better rider now.STARLIGHT HERO is impressive in tracks.

BOW TO KING(2)-WIN

AUTUMN LOVE (1)-PLACE.

3. CAPILANO showed out in last run, has a try rider. NANUK is looking fit and has been shown gates. MANTRA is speedy , lacks preparation. RIGHT OPTION has the best form but steps up in class.

CAPILANO(1)-WIN

NANUK(2)/ RIGHT OPTION(6)-PLACE.

4. CUSTODIAN has been given a run. FANTASTIC STRIKE has run on board in last run, should be trying to do better today.SPLENDID LIGHT won well and goes over ideal distance, penalty looks tough. PRIDE OF THE HILLS has low weights , the oldie has a chance.

FANTASTIC STRIKE(2)-WIN

SPLENDID LIGHT(3)/PRIDE OF THE HILLS(9)-PLACE.

5. GOLDEN MILLENIUM has tracked nicely and given easy gates, rider has a fine chance here. GIVE ME GOLD was a notable winner who is bound to look for repeat.STRIKE THE STARS ran a good 2nd in older age group, rider repeats.SCENT OF FLOWER has been shown a mock, is well worked, may upset.

SCENT OF POWER(7)-WIN

STRIKE THE STARS(4)/GOLDEN MILLENIUM(1)-PLACE


6 BABY DARLING finished on well in last run.SMART RAIDER is a speedy type who has impressed in tracks.POLYNESIAN PEARL is down in scales , impressed in gates.

POLYNESIAN PEARL(7)-WIN

BABY DARLING(1)/SMART RAIDER(4)-PLACE


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