Cardinal, the Placerville - Haunting Beauty four year old who narrowly lost the Indian 2000 Guineas to Pronto Star last month, has another chance to redeem his reputation as he takes on three local & two outstation
challengers in the grade 2, Ramniwas Ramnarain Ruia Gold Cup, the ten-furlong race which is slated as the feature event of Sunday's bumper ten-race card at Mahalaxmi.
The Pesi Shroff-trained colt to be ridden by B Prakash will carry Vijay Shirke's silks, while his main challenger Field Marshal, who has reeled off his last four races that include the Mysore & Bangalore 2000 Guineas & the
Mysore Derby, is trained by S Padmanabhan & will be ridden by David Allan. He will race in Haresh Mehta's colours.
Vijay Mallya's Sergeant Pepper & Dr MAM Ramaswamy's Star Marquess can add spice to the finish, especially the latter who may find the long Mahalaxmi stretch to his liking.
I expect Cardinal to win from Star Marquess.
First race at 1.25 pm.
Atmosphere Plate - Div II (For 5y & over, class V; 1000m)
Fallen Angel 1, Lady Black Star 2, Sweaty Betty 3.
Academic Plate - Div II (Class V; 1200m)
Athos 1, Young Offender 2, Wells Fargo 3.
Atmosphere Plate - Div I (For 5y & over, class V; 1000m)
Sylvania 1, Nanina 2, Arabian Empire 3.
Academic Plate - Div I (Class V; 1200m)
Star Blessings 1, Radical Mackie 2, Wings To Fly 3.
Warsaw Pact Plate (Class II; 1600m)
Sugar Loaf 1, Lake Michigan 2, Ranthambhore 3.
N M Irani Cup (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Sky High 1, Patcha 2, Woven Dreams 3.
Ramniwas Ramnarain Ruia Gold Cup - Gr 2 (For 4y, 2000m)
Cardinal 1, Star Marquess 2, Field Marshal 3.
Forbes India Million (For 3y; 1400m)
Relic Hunter 1, Smart Strider 2, Dominator 3.
Greater Mumbai Police Trophy (Class III, 40-66; 1200m)
Ishpingo 1, Rebecca 2, Blue Sky 3.
Perceived Value Plate (Class IV; 2000m)
Ocean Sonata 1, So Royal 2, Jen's Glory 3.
Best bet: Ishpingo (9-14)
Good bet: Relic Hunter (8-5)
Chance bet: Fallen Angel (1-1)
Upset: Blades Of Glory (2-5)
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 4,5,6; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races.