The Pesi Shroff-trained Khayyam, who won rather impressively on debut despite looking like a well-fed bull in the parade ring after tipping the scales at 521 kg, will be hard to toss in the New Year's Eve Cup, the prime event of a seven-race card slated at the Mahalaxmi Racetrack on the last day of the year.
To be ridden by Trevor Patel, Khayyam will have to watch out for his main rival, B Fifty Two, the Imtiaz Sait trainee to be ridden by A Sandesh, whose last winning performance on this track indicated that he too is in excellent nick right now. I expect Khayyam to emerge triumphant at the judge's end.
Despite the opening race being a bottom class contest, Name Of The Game, also to be ridden by Trevor Patel, attracts as the best betting proposition of the afternoon as she is facing an extremely mediocre set of rivals.
Blurr Plate (Class V; 1200m)
Name of The Game 1, Allee Bleue 2, Serene 3.
Forest Flair Plate (For 2y, maidens; 1000m)
Cataleya 1, California Dream 2, Voulez Vouz 3.
P D Bolton Trophy (Class II; 1000m)
Maleficent 1, Joshua 2, Ravello 3.
Maseeha Plate (Class V; 2400m)
Red Fort 1, Jordana 2, Move In Time 3.
New Year's Eve Cup (Class III; 1600m)
Khayyam 1, B Fifty Two 2, Just By Chance 3.
Rao Saheb D K Parker Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1400m)
Aurelio 1, Flying Dragon 2, Indus Prince 3.
Rao Saheb D K Parker Trophy - Div II(Class IV; 1400m)
Seahorse 1, Kandinsky 2, Few Dollars More 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Name Of The Game (1-3)
Chance bet: Khayyam (5-5)
Upset: Sky Lantern (4-9)
Super jackpot pool: 2,3,4,5,6,7
Jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7
Treble pool: 5,6,7
Tanala pool: All races.