The country's most prestigious racing campaign, the Mahalaxmi season 2014-15, will begin today with a seven-race card. The Mathradas Goculdas Cup for class I horses is the feature race, and it looks like a mere formality for the Pesi Shroff-trained filly Maisha who should be able to post an easy victory over two older rivals, Zoraavar and Commander.
The Race Of Hope Gold Cup, to be run in aid of the Indian Cancer Society, could see a close fight between Speed King and Mine Forever, with Top Commander capable of shocking the duo. My vote goes to Speed King whom I nominate as a chance bet.
First race at 2 pm.
Bright Rock Plate (Class V; 1400m)
Ashwa Yodhaa 1, Leontine 2.
Mathradas Goculdas Cup (Class I; 1400m)
Maisha 1, Zoraavar 2.
Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy (VI. Bart) Cup (For 2y, maidens; 1000m)
Ageless 1, Zahrazan 2, Evidence 3.
Algeciras Plate (Class II; 1200m)
Ultrasonic 1, Brynhill 2, Emperor Of France 3.
Gateway Of India Plate (Class II; 1600m)
Replica 1, Incandescent 2, Bethpage 3.
Race Of Hope Gold Cup (Class III; 1400m)
Speed King 1, Mine Forever 2, Top Commander 3.
Etna Plate (Class IV; 1200m)
Tinogona 1, Star Lightning 2, Fast Lady 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Maisha (2-3)
Chance bet: Speed King (6-2)
Upset: Dreamz Unlimited (7-1)
Super jackpot pool: 2,3,4,5,6,7
Jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7
Treble pool: 5,6,7
Tanala pool: 1,3,4,5,6,7