Pune: The in-form Aquamarine from champion trainer Pesi Shroff's yard, who is making a quick re-appearance after her recent victory on this track less than two weeks ago, will attract the most money in the grade 3, Idar Gold Trophy, the feature event of Saturday's eight-race card. The only worrisome factor is the current pathetic form of D K Ashish, Aquamarine's rider who, after his first day in the saddle on this track when he scored one win and two seconds from his three mounts, has managed to gain only one point later from 24 rides. During this period he has also lost astride eight favourites.
In spite of the rider's discouraging form, I expect Aquamarine to win the Idar Trophy from Tatiana and Shivalik Showers, both of whom had a good rehearsal in a race won by Amazing Grace.
First race at 2.00 pm.
Spark Of Gold Plat (Class V; 1600m)
Simply Shining 1, Casino Jack 2, Regal 3.
Spearhead Plate (Class III; 1600m)
Hoshiyaar 1, Toofan 2, Annie 3.
Pune Cantonment Board Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Bold Appeal 1, Aliboxer 2, Magnum Opus 3.
Macchupicchu Double Stakes (Class IV; 1400m)
Confiance 1, Final Encounter 2, Seahorse 3.
Dakshin Maharashtra Sub-Area Trophy (For 4y&o, class IV; 1000m)
Grand Gibraltar 1, Rider On The Storm 2, Beau Royale 3.
Idar Gold Trophy (Grade 3) (For 4y&o; 2400m)
Aquamarine 1, Tatiana 2, Shivalik Showers 3.
Pune Cantonment Board Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Velvet Amari 1, Sans Peur 2, Daytona 3.
Radical Force Plate (Class II; 1400m)
Eduardo 1, Himalayan Queen 2, Classic Moments 3.
Best bet: Aquamarine (6-5)
Good bet: Bold Appeal (3-3)
Chance bet: Velvet Amari (7-12)
Upset: Big Bro (5-12)
Super jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Jackpot pool: 4,5,6,7,8
Treble pool: I - 5,6,7; II - 6,7,8
Tanala pool: All races.
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