Pune: Adam, who narrowly beat the Bangalore Challenger Royal Salute to win the Bookmakers' Trophy (Gr 3) during his first show here, faces an acid test now in the Nirmal Ruia Gold Trophy, the main event of Saturday's nine-race card. Though Royal Salute is not in the fray this time, Adam carrying 59 kg is giving weight all around, including to Trance and stable mate Knight Of Key who are now better placed than him at the scales vis-a-vis the same race. Also in the fray is Shivalik Storm, winner of the Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million (Gr 1) at Mumbai last season, who seems to be gradually rounding into form.
Despite such competition, I feel Adam will be able to carry himself to victory in the hands of jockey Trevor Patel who is presently in absolutely incredible form.
First race at 1.30 pm.
Atlantus Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1400m)
Traherne 1, Multinational 2, Ukulele 3.
Beyond Belief Plate (Class II; 1600m)
Eduardo 1, Rule Downunder 2.
Noble Prince Plate (Class V; 1800m)
Limekilns 1, Secret Flame 2, Striking Story 3.
Aspiring Star Plate (Class III; 1600m)
Lord Jim 1, Dramarama 2, Golden Belle 3.
Dancing Glances Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Sans Peur 1, Magnum Opus 2, Barishnikov 3.
Nirmal Ruia Gold Trophy (For 4y&o; 1400m)
Adam 1, Knight Of Ke 2, Shivalik Storm 3.
Dancing Glances Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Koal 1, Miss Usa 2, Aspen 3.
In The Spotlight Double Stakes (Class III; 1200m)
Strategic Move 1, Valentino 2, Desert Rage 3.
Atlantus Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1400m)
Soul Centric 1, Hypothesis 2, Red Bug 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Lord Jim (4-1)
Chance bet: Adam (6-1)
Upset: Allegiance (3-7)
Super jackpot poo: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 5,6,7,8,9
Treble pool: I - 2,3,4; II - 6,7,8; III - 7,8,9
Tanala pool: All races