Three three-year-olds--Secret Service, Astapi & Stromboli--are among the seven horses in the fray for the Mayor's Trophy, a seven-furlong affair for class III horses, which is slated as the feature event of Thursday's seven-race card. The first-named, trained by Faisal Abbas and to be ridden by C Rajendra, is tipped to win the event form the last-named who is likely to run a big race despite an 11-month lay-off.
For the best bet of the afternoon, I nominate Emerging Star (C Rajendra up) for the lower division of the Furioso Plate; while Borderline from Magansingh Jodha's yard, who will most likely give rookie rider Shammi Khan his first taste of victory this season, attracts as a good bet in the last race of the card.
First race at 2.30 pm.
Blaze The Track Plate (For 5y&o, class V; 1400m)
Secret Magic 1, Born Destiny 2, Blau Himmel 3.
Vallabhdas H Adwalia Trophy (Class IV; 1800m)
Frost Fairy 1, Fortune Hunter 2, Carlyle Hills 3.
Furioso Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Emerging Star 1, Golden Creek 2, Walk Of Life 3.
Snow Dew Plate (Class III; 1000m)
Emerald Valley 1, Rain Forest 2, Lake Leader 3.
All Beauty Plate (Class V; 1200m)
Ocean Tern 1, Miracle Of Mercy 2, Machala 3.
Mayor's Trophy (Class III; 1400m)
Secret Service 1, Stromboli 2, Astapi 3.
Furioso Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Borderline 1, Starlight Magic 2, Native Lady 3.
Best bet: Emerging Star (3-2)
Good bet: Borderline (7-1)
Chance bet: Frost Fairy (2-1)
Upset: Itspiritofracing (1-7)
Super jackpot pool: 2,3,4,5,6,7
Jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7
Treble pool: 5,6,7
Tanala pool: All races.