Mumbai: So many classy sprinters grace the western India yards this year, that the S C Jain Sprinters' Championship (grade 2), which is traditionally considered an authentic pointer to the Sprinters' Classic can easily be regarded as a worthy rehearsal of the big race scheduled at Hyderabad next month.
While it is not a surprise that top-form sprinters like Nefyn, Dancing Phoenix and Rosie Sunshine are in the fray, trainer Pesi Shroff has thrown in two of his fillies--Mariinsky and Amelia.
The latter, who authoritatively won last week on this track, will face an acid test when taking on accomplished spinters, but it is the former (winner of several Classic races, the latest being 1000 Guineas) whose presence can drastically alter the pace equation--and perhaps the final result--of the race.
I expect Cooji Katrak-trained Rosie Sunshine, who has yet to lose a race over this trip, to win from Mariinsky and Nefyn.
First race at 1.30 pm.
Sprungli Plate (Class IV; 1600m)
First And Only One 1, Malkia 2, Fleetwood Mac 3.
Y M Chaudhry Memorial Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)
Zurich 1, Discourse 2, Grenadine 3.
Sonny Brar Trophy (Class II; 2000m)
Montreal 1, Trance 2, Negotiator 3.
Pink Filly Passages Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Draco 1, Locarno 2, Zazou 3.
Kika-Koko Trophy (Class V; 1400m)
Run Like The Wind 1, Feast Of Love 2, Argyle Pink 3.
HELLO! Classic (Class III; 1400m)
Hawker 1, Trisara 2, Quest For Love 3.
Pink Filly Passages Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Hudson Hawk 1, Flanker 2, Sweeping Move 3.
Dr S C Jain Sprinters' Championship - Grade 2 (For 4y&o; 1200m)
Rosie Sunshine 1, Mariinsky 2, Dancing Phoenix 3.
Byramji Jeejeebhoy Eclipse Stakes Of India - Grade 2 (For 4y&o; 2000m)
Toroloco 1, Master Shifu 2, Panamera 3.
Dr Jagjit Singh Owners' Tribute Million (Class IV; 1200m)
Shygirl 1, Angel In The Sky 2, Four Star General 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Montreal (3-2)
Chance bet: Shygirl (10-1)
Upset: Nefyn (8-1) & To The Manor Born (9-10)
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 4,5,6,7,8; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races.