A pathetic card is framed for the first Sunday of the season, with only 43 runners filling the seven-race card, the opening race having only two runners. The club’s racing department must quickly get their act right if it has to retain the tag of a premier racing center of the country.
Be that as it may, of his four rivals in the Morvi Trophy, the Malesh Narredu-trained Colombiana, to be ridden by Kamlesh, will only need to watch Bold Appeal.
The latter, trained by Karthik for Dr Ramaswamy, ran a very good race in the Pune Derby, and on that show, may cause anxiety to the followers of Colombiana who, most likely, will carry the public purse. Colombiana will be ridden by P Kamlesh, and Bold Appeal will have A Sandesh in the saddle.
Lord Jim may get a virtual walkover in the opening race of the card, the Royal Calcutta Turf Club Trophy, as his sole rival, the over-the-hill and out-of-form Rodeo is conceding a huge chunk of weight.
Solange, trained by Pesi Shroff and to be ridden by PS Chouhan, appeals as a good bet of the Sunday card in the Col Mahadik Memorial Trophy, the last race on the card.