Pune: Though The Eve Champion Trophy (Grade 3) is slated as the feature event of the today's races at Pune, it is going to be the PRA Independence Trophy that is going to trump the feature race in thrill, suspense and excitement.
Known as the graveyard of favourites thanks to a series of upsets over the years, the Independence Trophy yet again wears a very open look, and picking the winner looks like a hazardous task.
I expect the quartet of Dreams Of You, Midnight Run, Fleetwood Mac and Dixie Delight to be concerned at the judge's end; and the last-named, who has had a very good mock race as part of the preparation, gets my first nomination.
First race at 1 pm.
Eau De Vie Plate (Class V; 1600m)
Unico Corazon 1, Zafirah 2, Star Benevolent 3.
Thanda Plate (For 3y; 1000m)
Artiste 1, Cezanne 2, Zambian 3.
Pune Sub-Area Trophy - Division II (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)
Zoe 1, Laurus Pride 2, Polar Zone 3.
Pune Sub-Area Trophy - Division I (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)
Windsor Queen 1, National Pride 2, Sombrero 3.
Nawab & Begum Faiyaz Husain Memorial Trophy - Division I (Class III; 1200m)
Beforememoryfades 1, Caruso 2, Petite Fleur 3.
Rajaram Chhatrapati Trophy (Class II; 1800m)
Shivalik Storm 1, Fortune Favours 2, Zidaan 3.
Eve Champion Trophy - Grade 3 (For 4y&o; 2000m)
Circle Of Bliss 1, To The Manor Born 2, Montreal 3.
Antonios Trophy (Class I; 1200m)
Rio 1, Way Out 2, One Kept Secret 3.
PRA Independence Million (For 4y&o, class IV; 2000m)
Dixie Delight 1, Dreams Of You 2, Fleetwood Mac 3.
Nawab & Begum Faiyaz Husain Memorial Trophy - Division II (Class III; 1200m)
Don Corleone 1, Josephine 2, Ice Affair 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Beforememoryfades (5-4)
Chance bet: Shivalik Storm (6-3)
Upset: Midnight Run (9-4)
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 4,5,6,7,8; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races.