Dancing Prances for Poonawalla Multi-million
Sunday's card of eight races -- four of them featuring eight or less runners -- is quite a disappointment in view of the fact that the richest -- and the most glamorous -- race for juveniles, the Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-million, is programmed as the feature event of the day.
The grade 1 race offers more than Rs 1 crore to the winner, about Rs 35 lakh to the runner up, and another Rs 30 lakh will be distributed to horses finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th.
There will also be attractive prizes for the crowd, including a Volkswagen Vento that will be given to anyone who correctly nominates the first four finishers of the race.
There are 17 runners in the fray -- four of them fillies -- and winner is expected to emerge from the quintet of Dancing Prances, Starry Eyes, Mariinsky, Albertino & Scenic Warrior. My choice is Dancing Prances, the Ace - Dancing Greens three-year-old gelding trained by Altaf Hussain and to be ridden by Dashrath Singh.
First race at 2.30 pm.
Blurr Trophy (For 5y&o, Class V; 1200m)
Crrisp 1, Star Blessings 2, Arabian Lord 3.
Serum Institute Of India Trophy (Class II; 1000m)
Jimbo 1, Emerging Star 2, Hawk Of The Wind 3.
Bourbon King Trophy (Class III; 1600m)
Winston 1, Papakura 2, Smooth Operator 3.
Rusi Patel Trophy (Class I; 1400m)
Hachiko 1, Deja Vu 2, Vittoria 3.
Intervalve Ltd Trophy (Class IV; 2400m)
Razeenaa 1, Antonius Maximus 2, Roswald 3.
Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million - Gr 1 (For 3y; 1400m)
Dancing Prances 1, Starry Eyes 2, Mariinsky 3, Albertino 4.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Silver Streak 1, Dynamo 2, Ancient Warrior 3.
Le Gris Cheval Trophy (Class III; 1200m)
Grande Dame 1, Home Factor 2, Dreamland 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Grande Dame (8-8)
Chance bet: Crrisp (1-2)
Upset: Scenic Warrior (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.