Best horses of '09 will compete for pride at today's final classic
Seven of the best horses from the crop of 2009 will face the starter for the fifth and final Classic, the grade 1, Signature Premium Indian St Leger, slated as the feature event of Sunday's nine race card. The grueling test will decide who among them has both class and staying power that can last over 2,800 meters.
Local pride An Acquired Taste, Hyderabad hero Tintinnabuylation and Bangalore challenger Wind Stream are expected to be concerned at the judge's end.
Though An Acquired Taste is in absolutely incredible form at present, I feel his ability to stay the distance is a little suspect, because his show in the Bangalore St Leger over the same trip was quite ordinary.
Of course, the going on that occasion may not have suited him too well, but since both Tintinnabulation & Wind Stream have given proof that they can stay till the cows come home, I nominate the last-named, who is showing marked improvement with each successive run after regaining his form, to win the prestigious event. Wind Stream is trained by Irfan Ghatala and will be ridden by Suraj Narredu.
First race at 1.00 pm.
Noble Prince Trophy - Div II (Class V; 1000m)
Victorious Cause 1, Veneziano 2, Song Of Africa 3.
Menorah Trophy (Class IV; 1800m)
Only One 1, Hail The King 2, Indication 3.
Change Of Luck Trophy (For 2y, maidens; 1000m)
Romeo 1, Open Offer 2, Admiral Gray 3.
Noble Prince Trophy - Div I (Class V; 1000m)
Mountain Prince 1, Argyle Pink 2, Overtime Magic 3.
Zurbaran Trophy (Class I; 1600m)
Blue Ace 1, Commander 2, Clinton 3.
Warsaw Pact Trophy (Class II; 1000m)
Emerging Star 1, Edwina 2, Saints N Sinners 3.
Signature Premier Indian St Leger - Gr 1 (For 4y; 2800m)
Wind Stream 1, Tintinnabulation 2, An Acquired Taste 3.
Pelican Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Victoria Falls 1, Gran Amigo 2, Song Saa 3.
Sweet Memories Trophy (For 5y&o, class III; 1200m)
Theology 1, Scaramouche 2, In The Spotlight 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Blue Ace (5-2)
Chance bet: Wind Stream (7-7)
Upset: Pistol Packin Mama (4-5)
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