The Grade 2, C N Wadia Gold Cup is slated as the feature event of Sunday's evening racing card at Mahalaxmi. There are five runners in the fray for the mile-and-a-half trip, and Colombiana, being the sole 4y old and the youngest of the lot, is likely to attract favouritism, along with Azzuro has been ambitiously placed in the contest by the Bangalore-based trainer Suleiman Attaollahi.
However, the race may prove much more tricky with Booker Jones, always placing one-two in the last half a dozen starts, and The Unicorn, the one-paced wonder who keeps going over any trip with boundless energy, also in the fray.
I expect Booker Jones to run a vastly improved race, and therefore nominate him as the first choice.
First race at 3.45 pm.
Nadia Mary Homi Wadia Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Negara 1, Kingston Heath 2, Riot Of Colours 3.
R J Kolah Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)
Artificial 1, Temerity 2, Imperial Heritage 3.
Indian Navy Trophy - Div II (Class III; 1200m)
Abigail 1, Via Amoris 2, Magnum Opus 3.
Indian Navy Trophy - Div I (Class III; 1200m)
Final Encounter 1, Few Dollars More 2, Phoenix Cat 3.
Jayramdas Patel Gold Trophy (Class IV; 2000m)
Severus 1, Sans Peur 2, Uncle Scrooge 3.
C N Wadia Gold Cup - Gr 2 (For 4y&o; 2400m)
Booker Jones 1, Colombiana 2, Azzuro 3.
Mulraj Goculdas Trophy (Class I; 1200m)
Maleficent 1, Ageless 2, Rule Downunder 3.
Prithvi Fest Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Phoenix Knight 1, Evidence 2, Alilboxer 3.
Prithvi Fest Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Speed Of Sound 1, Way Ahead 2, Merabella 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Severus (5-2)
Chance bet: Final Encounter (4-4)
Upset: Excelonce (3-6)
Super jackpot pool: 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.
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