Night racing, launched with a lot of fanfare by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) Ltd last Saturday on a trial basis, has indeed caught the imagination of not only the Indian horse racing world but also of some high profile brands who are eager to line up as sponsors. After Cambay Tiger put in a spectacular show last week, it is now the turn of car maker Audi who have stepped in to sponsor this weekend's races under the floodlights.
The upper & lower divisions of the Trainers Trophy, along with the Solar Kiss Plate for class II horses, will be run after the floodlights on Saturday. However, there will be a gap of more than two hours between the 5th & 6th race of the card to accommodate voting by the club members on the contentious issue of whether to allow the famous Gallops restaurant to continue business on the club's premises.
While both divisions of the Trainers Trophy appear to be extremely tricky contests, the Solar Kiss Plate seems to be at the mercy of trainer S N Joshi's Polydences who attracts as a good bet of the afternoon.
Magnificence in the opening race (Euphemia Plate) actually deserves the best bet status, but may be quoted at miserly odds from the bookmakers, thereby rendering himself unbettable.
First race at 3.15 pm.
Euphemia Plate (For 3y, maidens; 1600m)
Magnificence 1, The Way I Am 2, Simply Shining 3.
Lucky Pair Plate - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Bidstone Hill 1, Abbey 2, Forever Yours 3.
Stone Ridge Plate (Class II; 1600m)
Helping Hand 1, Attraction 2, Honest Pleasure 3.
Lucky Pair Plate - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Remember The Time 1, Horse Power 2, Blockbuster 3.
Victory March Plate (For 5y&o, Class IV; 1200m)
Essence Of Love 1, Winds Of Change 2, Wish Upon A Star 3.
Trainers Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Rapid Girl 1, Polar Zone 2, Blavatsky 3.
Solar Kiss Plate (Class II; 1200m)
Polydences 1, Speed King 2, Nature Boy 3.
Trainers Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Heart Of The City 1, Eternal Royalty 2, Grand March 3.
Best bet: Magnificence (1-2)
Good bet: Polydences (7-4)
Chance bet: Helping Hand (3-2)
Upsets: National Pride (5-10) & Locarno (6-3)
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.