Enthused by the super response of the first two cards of evening racing, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) authorities have framed an ambitious 11-race card for Saturday's races at the Mahalaxmi track. Interestingly, barring the opening race, all other races are named after Ivy League colleges in the UK, which step in as first-time sponsors thanks to the efforts of Vivek Jain and his marketing team.
The Brown University Trophy, a class III race to be run over 1000 meters, may be regarded as the feature event of the bumper card. There are 15 runners in the fray, but looking to the current form and fitness, four-year-old filly Shivalik Story (A Sandesh up) from the yard of trainer Dallas Todywalla looks like the horse everyone will have to beat. With two back-to-back victories on this track over the same trip, I expect her to complete a hat-trick over her pet trip of five furlongs.
First race at 3.00 pm.
Santorini Star Trophy (For 5y&o, class V; 1000m)
Noble Lady 1, Polar Zone 2, Be Cool 3.
Dartmouth College Trophy - Div II (Class V; 1400m)
Terrific 1, Golden Glory 2, Resilient 3.
Cornell University Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Shades Of Glory 1, Joy Of Life 2, Secret Oath 3.
Dartmouth College Trophy - Div I (Class V; 1400m)
Cracklin' Rosie 1, The Other Song 2, Dancing Splendour 3.
Harvard University Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Ridgewood Star 1, Exclamation 2, Silken Eyes 3.
Cornell University Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Dancing Prince 1, Romantic Lass 2, Imperial Princess 3.
Yale University Trophy (For 4y, class IV; 1200m)
Shining Melody 1, Korol 2, Magical Dancer 3.
Brown University Trophy (Class III; 1000m)
Shivalik Story 1, Undisputed 2, Niobrara 3.
Columbia University Trophy (Class III; 1600m)
Kandinsky 1, Multiglory 2, Draco 3.
Harvard University Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
St Andrews 1, Negara 2, Eiger' Tiger 3.
University of Pennsylvania Trophy (Class IV; 1600m)
Excelonce 1, His Highness 2, Bethpage 3.
Best bet: Shades Of Glory (3-1)
Good bet: Crackliin' Rosie (4-1)
Chance bet: Excelonce (11-6)
Upset: Nascar (8-6)
Super jackpot pool: 6,7,8,9,10,11
Jackpot pool: I - 4,5,6,7,8; II - 7,8,9,10,11
Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 8,9,10; III - 9,10,11
Tanala pool: All races.