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The General may trick Aquamarine

Pune: Aquamarine & The General, two four-year-olds whose Classic aspirations were nipped in the bud after first Be Safe and later Quasar dominated the elite scene, will now cross swords in the Strenghtostrength Trophy, a class I race to be run over ten furlongs, which is also slated as the feature event of Saturday's eight-race card.

They are expected to renew the perceived rivalry between trainers Pesi Shroff and Malesh Narredu which will be watched with interest throughout the on-going season. Although I have no doubt that Aquamarine is, horse-for-horse, superior to The General, I doubt if the former will be able to concede a sizable chunk of weight (8.5 kg) to the latter, and therefore, tip The General to win the race.

First race at 2.00 pm.

Selections:
Arts Plate (Class V; 1200m)
Via Amoris 1, Rapid Girl 2, Juliana 3.

Ruben Star Plate (Class II; 1600m)
Zodiac 1, El Camino 2, Rule Downunder 3.

Strengthtostrength Trophy (Class I; 2000m)
The General 1, Aquamarine 2, Athens 3.

Radiant Plate - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Traherne 1, Bright Halo 2, Grand Vitesse 3.

Hurricane Plate (Class IV; 1600m)
Continental 1, Night Of Stars 2, Huracan 3.

Radiant Plate - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Godsent 1, Nizhoni 3, Helix 3.

Goodness Gracious Plate (Class III; 1400m)
Strategic Move 1, Golden Belle 2, Melinda 3.

Kia Ora Plate (For 4y, class IV; 1000m)
Belgian Blue 1, Cold Play 2, Blue Flame 3.

Recommendations
Best bet: Continental (5-1)
Good bet: Traherne (4-5)
Chance bet: Belgian Blue (8-2)
Upset: Turf Dancer (6-10)

Today's pools
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.

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