The last and final Classic of the 2010-11, the McDowell Indian St Leger (Gr 1), will be run at the Pune racetrack on Sunday over the trip of a-mile-and-three-quarters.
The absence of Moonlight Romance, winner of the Indian Oaks, Derby and the Invitation Cup, who had to be retired from racing due to an unfortunate fracture has surely diminished the glamour quotient of the big event, and only five four-year-olds are now in the fray.
The race may still turn out to be very competitive thanks to Dr MAM Ramaswamy's ambitious pitch of Ordained One who, just last Sunday, won the Gr 1, President Of India Gold Cup at Hyderabad. He will however have a matching adversary in Macchupicchu trained by Pesi Shroff and to be ridden by B Prakash.
First race at 1 pm.
Race 1: Auraria 1, Flashing Sword 2, Stylish Strokes 3.
Race 2: Lake Michigan 1, Combined Operation 2, Celestial Call 3.
Race 3: Perpetuation 1, Irresistible Hunk 2, Shabdeez 3.
Race 4: Red Passion 1, Hottie 2, Golden Creek 3.
Race 5: Mishri 1, Bretton Woods 2, Mountain Prince 3.
Race 6: Macchupicchu 1, Ordained One 2, Berlusconi 3.
Race 7: Malischka 1, Royal Connection 2, Bonny Light 3.
Race 8: Athos 1, Money Flash 2, Flying Tackle 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Lake Michigan (2-4)
Chance bet: Malischka (7-1)
Upset: Viva La Diva (3-2)
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.