Chef D'Oeuvre for Conrad Pereira Trophy

Dec 26, 2015, 07:26 IST | Prakash Gosavi

The Conrad Pereira Trophy, named after one of the finest gentlemen who played a long innings at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) Ltd when officiating as judge for the races, is split into two divisions thanks to a plethora of horses having been entered into the fray. The upper division has 11 class IV horses, while the lower division will feature ten runners--the race distance is nine furlongs.

Chef D'Oeuvre posted an impressive victory when gaining her maiden success in third lifetime start which was over seven furlongs, and looking to her style of striding there seems to be no issue of her being able to tackle the extra two furlongs.

However, since she will be giving weight all around--and especially to Huracan (the only animal in the fray to have won beyond a mile trip), Majestic (with an extremely improved last run) and Dancing Pretty (who may have got over her issues)--she will have to be at her physical best to pull this off. I am nominating her as first choice only because she has done what I call a "fly bird" pattern in last run, and horses who do such a pattern during victory generally provide an encore.

First race at 1.45 pm.

Polish Patriot Plate - Div II (Class V; 1400m)
Sawgrass 1, Charging Empress 2, Carma 3.

Clinton Plate (Class III; 2000m)
Gestapo 1, Phenomenal Memory 2.

Polish Patriot Plate - Div I (Class V; 1400m)
Tennessee 1, Commitment 2, Samurai 3.

Conrad Pereira Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1800m)
Rain Dance 1, Zephir 2, She Is Special 3.

White Metal Plate (For 2y, maidens; 1000m)
Lady Danehill 1, Shogun 2, Captain 3.

Conrad Pereira Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1800m)
Chef D'Oeuvre 1, Dancing Pretty 2, Majestic 3.

Crow Gaming Christmas Handicap (For 3y, class IV; 1400m)
Jazzmyn 1, Pearl Secret 2, Miracle Of Love 3.

Victory March Plate (For 4y&o, class IV; 1000m)
Ice Gate 1, Moroccan 2, Millennium Falcon 3.

Best bet: None
Good bet: None
Chance bet: Rain Dance (4-3)
Upset: Star One (7-1)

Today's pools
Super jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Jackpot pool: 4,5,6,7,8
Treble pool: I - 4,5,6; II - 6,7,8
Tanala pool: All races.

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