Even assuming the season has just begun and not all horses may be fit as fiddle, it's a rarity to see a class IV race having only four runners in the fray. But that's what we see in the opening race of Saturday's eight-race card.
The most likely reason for this is that the Pesi Shroff-trained The Unicorn, who posted a sensational victory in last start at Mumbai, has scared away rivals. Needless to mention, even the bookmakers are unlikely to loosen their purse strings, and The Unicorn will possibly go to the post as a money-back favourite for the Music Man Plate to be run over nine furlongs.
First race at 2.00 pm.
Music Man Plate (Class IV; 1800m)
The Unicorn 1, Danse Debonaire 2.
Carbon Star Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1000m)
Alishas Pet 1, Regal 2, Few Dollars More 3.
Albertini Plate (For 5y&o, class II; 1000m)
In The Limelight 1, Jimbo 2, Wild Waves 3.
K Raghunath Plate (Class III; 1600m)
Phenomenal Memory 1, Helping Hand 2, Snowing 3.
Hawke Bay Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Flying Show 1, Governor General 2, Cannonball Run 3.
Carbon Star Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1000m)
Sugar Bay 1, Niobrara 2, Bidstone Hill 3.
Hawke Bay Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)
Marvel 1, Benezeer 2, Flying Dragon 3.
Bud Royale Plate (Class V; 1400m)
Atalya 1, The Other Song 2, Iridescence 3.
Best bet: The Unicorn (1-2)
Good bet: Phenomenal Memory (4-7)
Chance bet: Sugar Bay (6-1)
Upset: Rio (3-1)
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.