An excellent and competitive eight-race card is framed for Sunday at the Pune racetrack. The feature event, the grade 3, Eve Champion Trophy, has five runners in the fray, one of them--Escala--is pitched in by Bangalore schooler Neil Darashah.
Whosoever wants to win will have to beat the Malesh Narredu-trained Colombiana who has had a decent mock race on this track about a fortnight ago. Jack Frost, who also participated in that mock drill but chose to lie low, is in the fray now. Trevor Patel will ride him.
However, Colombiana's main challenger will most likely be Germanicus, the Vishal Gaikwad ward who has had the benefit of a good run this season. Germanicus is entrusted to jockey A Sandesh.
I expect Colombiana to put in a winning performance over the ten-furlong trip.
First race at 1.30 pm.
Ismail Khan Plate (For 3y, class IV; 1200m)
Goldie's Pet 1, Roosevelt 2, Polyneices 3.
Zephyr Bay Plate ( For 4y&o, class V; 1600m)
Happy Birthday 1, Torrezzo 2, Koal 3.
Eve Champion Trophy (Gr 3) (For 4y&o; 2000m)
Colombiana 1, Germanicus 2, Jack Frost 3.
Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw Memorial Trophy (Class III; 1600m)
Timeless 1, In My Dream 2, Nelsons Blood 3.
Southern Command Gold Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)
Forest Fairy 1, Victoriana 2, Ice Dancer 3.
Snowstorm Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Ame 1, Crystal Ball 2, Ainra 3.
J E Hughes Trophy (Class II; 1000m)
Undisputed 1, Abbey 2, Deep Diver 3.
Snowstorm Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Princess P 1, Rock In Rio 2, Gran Paradiso 3.
Best bet: None
Upset: Walk On By (6-12)
Super jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Jackpot pool: 4,5,6,7,8
Treble pool: I - 5,6,7; II - 6,7,8
Tanala pool: All races.
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