Maleficent, Another Conquest to clash in Edgar DeSylva Trophy

Dec 17, 2015, 07:17 IST | Prakash Gosavi

The Edgar DeSylva Trophy, a six-furlong sprint in which nine quality sprinters will face the starter, is likely to culminate in a thrilling finish at the wire.

And although speedy older horses like Pepito and Joshua will be hoping to cause a flutter, the main tussle may involve the two three-year-old fillies--Maleficent and Another Conquest--saddled by Pesi Shroff and Malesh Narredu respectively. Both are in excellent form, the former winning her last race against class III rivals; the latter fighting out with a far better horse in confiance over a trip that was a furlong longer than she relishes. With Another Conquest returning to her pet trip of six furlongs, it looks like a toss up between the two.

The paddock condition and fitness will obviously hold the key, but going by the raw Dynamic Ratings, Maleficent seems to have a very thin edge over Another Conquest.

The nine-race card appears extremely competitive, and no horse appeals as the best betting proposition. However, there is one horse that may be called a good bet--Dem Sao who, thanks to seeking demotion to the lowest class after having finished on the board in higher class in last start, now faces rather ordinary opposition in the Autumn Blue Plate.

First race at 1.15 pm.

Beautiful Stranger Plate (For 2y; 1200m)
Grey Flannel 1, Shivalik Shine 2, Hurricane Storm 3.

Alma Mater Plate (For 4y&o, class V; 1200m)
Acker Bilk 1, Ensign 2, Spanish Saga 3.

Murioi Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1400m)
Rapid Girl 1, Top Wizard 2, Miss Usa 3.

Bourbon King Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Shivalik Story 1, Evidence 2, Altus 3.

Director General of Police Trophy (Class III; 1600m)
Persian Prince 1, Ice Cube Baby 2, Glorious Opinion 3.

Edgar DeSylva Trophy (Class II; 1200m)
Maleficent 1, Another Conquest 2, Joshua 3.

Autumn Blue Plate (Class V; 2000m)
Dem Sao 1, Flashing Honour 2, Allegiance 3.

Murioi Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1400m)
Judicious 1, Fast Future 2, Personify 3.

Bourbon King Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Blitzkrieg 1, Captain Courage 2, Zadora 3.

Best bet: None
Good bet: Dem Sao (7-1)
Chance bet: Maleficent (6-6)
Upset: Rocking (2-3)

Today's pools:
Super jackpot poo: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 5,6,7,8,9
Treble pool: I - 2,3,4; II - 6,7,8; III - 7,8,9
Tanala pool: All races

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