Pune: The Idar Gold Trophy is framed as the feature event of Saturday's ten-race card. Three of the eight runners in the fray hail from trainer Pesi Shroff's yard, and in all probability, two of them -- Amazing Grace and Circle Of Bliss -- will finish one-two in the prestigious grade 3 race.
Although the recent victory of Circle Of Bliss on this track was simply sensational, I feel Amazing Grace, who has won her last five races will be able to humble her stable mate over the ten-furlong trip, and in fact, attracts as the best betting proposition of the afternoon.
Two more horses whom I expect to win their respective races, and therefore shape as good bets, are Tiger Tops (Zephyr Bay Plate) and Cosmic Dancer (Premier Collection Plate - Div I).
First race at 1.00 pm.
Personified Plate (Class V; 1200m)
Leothefiercehorse 1, Star Benevolent 2, Adams Wing 3.
Spark Of Gold Plate (For 5y&o, class V; 1600m)
Nigella 1, Ice Rink 2, Dream Yuga 3.
Consequence Plate - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Eduardo 1, Himalayan Queen 2, Quick Angel 3.
Premier Collection Plate - Div II (class IV; 1000m)
Tempest 1, Glorious Crown 2, Umarkot 3.
Zephyr Bay Plate (Class II; 2000m)
Tiger Tops 1, Janis Jay 2, Shivalik Storm 3.
Radical Force Trophy (Class III; 1200m)
Zadora 1, Providence 2, Artiste 3.
Consequence Plate - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Aleta 1, Ramesses 2, Captain Abdon 3.
Idar Gold Trophy (Gr 3) (For 4y&o; 2400m)
Amazing Grace 1, Circle Of Bliss 2, Astapi 3.
Cape Knight Plate (For 4y&o, class IV; 1400m)
Flash Drive 1, Autumn Love 2, Beyond Horizon 3.
Premier Collection Plate - Div I (class IV; 1000m)
Cosmic Dancer 1, Mr Morrison 2, Passion Prince 3.
Best bet: Amazing Grace (8-2)
Good bet: Zadora (6-9)
Chance bet: Cosmic Dancer (10-1)
Upset: Grand Duke (9-4)
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 4,5,6; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races.