Pune: Four 4y-old & two 5y-old fillies have entered the fray for the Gr 3, Threptin Fillies' & Mares' Stakes, the feature event of Sunday's eight-race card. Prominent among them are Aquamarine, Trance & Schiavone, the last-named brought all the way from Bangalore by her trainer Suleiman Attaollahi.
While the Bangalore-based trainer must have a good reason to plan this ambitious trip, I believe the two local fillies mentioned earlier can exploit the home turf advantage, and the past performance tells me to give first nomination to Aquamarine, I will not be surprised to find Trance, who finished full of running after a sluggish start last time, breathing down her neck approaching the winning post.
For the best bet of the afternoon, I nominate Sentimental, trained by Vishal Gaikwad and to be ridden by Trevor Patel, in the Dr P K Sardeshmukh Maharaj Trophy.
First race at 1.30 pm.
Circle Of Bliss Plate (Class IV; 2400m)
Gaabrrio 1, Savage Beauty 2, Atalya 3.
Capriole Plate (For 3y; 1400m)
Jefferson 1, Turf Dancer 2, Saker 3.
Mystic Memory Double Stakes (Class I; 1400m)
Maximus 1, Rosie Sunshine 2, Silver Streak 3.
Kejriwal Trophy (Class III; 1200m)
Victoria Harbour 1, Lucky Pineapple 2, Desert Rage 3.
Dr P K Sardeshmukh Maharaj Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1200m)
Roman Flame 1, Schiehaillon 2, Chlobud 3.
Threptin Fillies' & Mares' Stakes (Grade 3) (For 3y&o; 1800m)
Trance 1, Aquamarine 2, Schiavone 3.
Dr P K Sardeshmukh Maharaj Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1200m)
Sentimental 1, Wajood 2, Hedwig 3.
Glasnost Plate (Class V; 1000m)
Desert Lily 1, Absolute Jewel 2, Sunshine Heart 3.
Best bet: Sentimental (7-1)
Good bet: Victoria Harbour (4-3)
Chance bet: Trance (6-5)
Upset: Praelector (5-6)
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.