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Montreal for main event

The Tata Housing Mahalakshmi 130 years Anniversary Turf Championship, feature event of Sunday's ten-race card slated to begin the 130-year existence of the picturesque Mahalaxmi racecourse, is a terms race for horses four years old and over, and will be run over nine furlongs. There are seven runners in the fray, and the race is scheduled at 5.15 pm.

The betting market may install An Acquired Taste and Ocean And Beyond, the two horses that will be renewing their rivalry at a third center since January this year (first Kolkata, then Hyderabad, and now Mumbai), will be installed as the first two favourites. Between the two, I would regard An Acquired Taste as currently superior, based on their latest encounter at Hyderabad.

However, Montreal, who had given proof of his remarkable versatility by winning over trips ranging from six to ten furlongs, was unbeaten on the racetrack until the last run which he lost narrowly in a three-way photo when going over a trip (2,400m) which was perhaps beyond his compass. Now going over nine furlongs, I will not be surprised if he exploits the bottom handicap to put it across his older rivals.

First race at 1.30 pm.

Selections:

Open Spaces Trophy (Class V, 1-26; 1800m)
Casino Jack 1, Aromatica 2, Plated 3.

Hornby Vellard Trophy (Class III, 40-66; 2000m)
Highlander 1, Cyclops 2, Razeena 3.

Green Circle Foundation Trophy - Division II (Terms, for 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Fast Lady 1, Grand Gibraltar 2, Zabisco 3.

Mahalakshmi Trophy (Class II, 60-86; 1400m)
Myla Rose 1, Moon Shadow 2, Bombardier 3.

Joggers & Walkers Trophy - Division II (Class IV, 20-46; 1000m)
Umarkot 1, Beau Royale 2, Negredo 3.

Green Circle Foundation Trophy - Division I (Terms, for 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Classic Moment 1, Mine Forever 2, Spider Man 3.

Heritage of Mumbai Trophy (Class IV, 20-46; 1600m)
Presence 2, Dior 2, Mambo Magic 3.

Tata Housing presents The Mahalakshmi 130 years Anniversary Turf
Championship (Terms, 4y & over; 1800m)
Montreal 1, An Acquired Taste 2, Ocean And Beyond 3.

Hooves & Horsepower Trophy (Terms, 3y, maidens; 1400m)
Flashing Chieftain 1, Scent Of A Woman 2, Pepito 3.

Joggers & Walkers Trophy - Division I (Class IV, 20-46; 1000m)
Antarctica Zone 1, Ice Age 2, Rocky Balboa 3.

Recommendations
Best bet: None
Good bet: Flashing Chieftain (9-1)
Chance bet: Casino Jack (1-2)
Upset: Phelps (7-7)

Today's pools
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races.

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