Vijay Mallya's colt impresses with dominant victory in Poonawalla Multi-Million
Dr Vijay Mallya's colt Accolade annihilated opposition to post a smashing victory in the Gr 1, Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million (PBMM), the feature event of Sunday's Mahalaxmi race card. Accolade was trained by Pesi Shroff and ridden by Trevor Patel.
Accolade (left) wins the Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million feature race by nearly four-lengths at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse
For the first time the PBMM, also known as 'juvenile derby' thanks to attached glamour and rich purse, was run under the floodlights as part of the Zavaray Poonawalla evening racing card at the Mahalaxmi racetrack. As soon as the starter flagged off the 17 runners from the seven-furlong marker, there was a scramble for lead, but Trevor Patel astride Accolade decided to settle the stylish colt in mid-bunch, stalking sponsor Poonawallas' own property Ice Glacier (D Allan up).
The final turn...
On turning for home, leader Spirited Regent (A Alam up) stepped up speed midway in the homestretch and flattered briefly, even as David Allan deftly maneuvered his way along the inner rails to get into a challenging position. However, just then Trevor Patel let loose the Burden Of Proof-Alnasreya colt, who moved up with gigantic strides and strongly threatened the leader at the furlong post.
In a trice, Accolade surged ahead for an authoritative victory, mocking his rivals, who looked like going going in reverse gear in an optical illusion that was caused by the amazing turn of foot displayed by the winner.
Accolade finally won easing up, sparing nearly four lengths to a group of five horses, who were so closely bunched that the camera ruled four of them were separated by only a short head, giving the runner up berth to In My Dream and ruling the third place in favour of Bangalore juvenile Common Wealth.
Zeyn Mirza, managing director of United Racing and Bloodstock Breeders (URBB), who led in Accolade after the win, felt the draw this time certainly helped the colt.
Miss Universe 2015 Urvashi Rautela presents the Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million trophy to URBB managing director Zeyn Mirza at the Mahalaxmi racecourse yesterday
"He was drawn 11 last time when he lost so the draw of 6 this time was a welcome change," Zeyn told this mid-day. When asked if he felt jockey Trevor Patel last time showed Accolade daylight a bit too early, Mirza said, "Yes, that was an error, but he (Trevor) is a mature jockey and understands his horse.
He quickly learns from his mistakes." Mirza praised trainer Pesi Shroff too. "Pesi is smarter than all of us. He must've told Trevor what to do and what not to, and it looked so easy in the end. Trevor rode superbly today."