A well-filled seven-race card is framed for Thursday at the Mahalaxmi track, the Smart Chieftan Trophy for top class horses featuring as the prime event.
The six-furlong contest promises to be extremely thrilling despite there being only six runners in the fray, because at least three of the six — Ageless, Providence and Quick Fire — are running with a realistic chance to hope for a victory. I expect the first-named to triumph narrowly.
The Pesi Shroff-trained Maleficent towers over her nine rivals in the Algeciras Plate, a sprint over six furlongs for class II horses, and therefore, shapes as the best betting proposition of the afternoon.
Another Shroff ward, Heather, attracts as a good bet in the Astana Plate, a nine-furlong affair for class IV horses.
First race at 2pm.
Alvarita Plate (For 5y&o, class V; 1000m) Queen Of Venus 1, Good Memory 2, Pezzonovante 3.
MH Ahmedbhoy Trophy (Class III; 2000m) Jigsaw 1, Phenomenal Memory 2.
Star Princess Plate(Class IV; 1200m) Siddhi 1, Rasheeka 2, Veni Vidi Vici 3.
Smart Chieftan Trophy (Class I; 1200m) Ageless 1, Providence 2, Quick Fire 3. Astana Plate (Class IV; 1800m) Heather 1, Flying Dragon 2, Dem Sao 3.
Algeciras Plate (Class III; 1200m) Maleficent 1, Golden Belle 2, Alderley Edge 3.
Star Princess Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1200m) Sentimental 1, Phoenix Cat 2, Then And Now 3.
Best bet: Maleficent (6-3)
Good bet: Heather (5-3)
Chance bet: Ageless (4-6)
Upsets: Polar Zone (1-1) & Jaqk (3-4)
Super jackpot pool: 2,3,4,5,6,7
Jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7
Treble pool: 5,6,7
Tanala pool: All races.