Of the 16 in the fray at the handicaps stage, six have opted out, leaving ten promising three-year-olds to face the starter in the MiD DAY Trophy, the prime attraction of tomorrow’s nine-race program that will be going through at the Mahalaxmi racecourse between 1.30 pm & 5.30 pm. The MiD DAY Trophy will be the seventh race on the card, scheduled at 4.30 pm.
Among the horses that have had already raced once during the season, Gerome and Forest Vision appear to be in a forward condition, and in all probability, will be in the forefront of the betting.
While making his debut on the opening day of the current season, Gerome finished behind Brindaban and Dancing Prances, who later excelled in their next start — Brindaban finished runner-up to the classy Senora Bella, while Dancing Prances pulverized rivals last Sunday to post an authoritative victory. That makes Gerome a front line contender for the MiD DAY Trophy.
Forest Vision ran a notable third behind Caruso and Rio on debut, and clocked a speedy time of 1m:0.09sec for the five-furlong sprint.
Her style of running suggested that she will relish the seven-furlong trip.
The duo of Gerome and Forest Vision, however, may face some challenge from two horses that will be running the first ever race of their life — Grand Duke & Silver Arrow.
Below are the vital stats of four main contenders:
>> Gerome, bay colt by Choisir out of Kobalt Sea
Breeder: Nanoli Stud, Owner: KN Dhunjibhoy, BM Desai
Trainer: Shyam Habbu, Likely jockey: S Zervan
>> Forest Vision, bay filly by Placerville out of Lady Moura
Breeder: Exhilaration Stud, Owner: Dr MAM Ramaswamy
Trainer: Karthik G, likely jockey: B Sreekanth
>> Grand Duke, dark bay gelding by Holy Roman Emperor out of Carefree Cheetah
Breeder: Nanoli Stud, Owner: KN Dhunjibhoy,
Trainer: MK Jadhav, likely jockey: A Sandesh
>> Silver Arrow, grey colt by Verglas out of Isotta
Breeder: Kunigal Stud, Owner: Dr Vijay Mallya
Trainer: Pesi Shroff, likely jockey: P Trevor