A seven-race, day-time card is framed in place of what was originally planned as the inaugural day of 'evening racing' at the Mahalaxmi racetrack this season. The race club has announced the shift of inaugural evening racing to Saturday, January 9.
The grade 3, Bookmakers Association Million is slated as the prime event of the afternoon, and though there are only five runners in the fray for the six-furlong contest, all of them are capable of setting the track ablaze thanks to the quality speed that they possess.
Ageless, the youngest of the lot who was ambitiously pitched in the Indian 1000 Guineas over a trip which was beyond her compass; Gold Bag, whose juggernaut was halted after six straight victories over 1200m only because she attempted a shorter trip; and Dancing Prances, the gutsy older horse who can match strides with the speediest in the business will most likely be the three that will attract the betting market's attention and money.
Going by my Dynamic Ratings profile, I feel it will be Gold Bag and Dancing Prances who will be locked in a fierce battle opposite the judge, and only because Gold Bag has had the benefit of a run on this track this season, she gets my first nomination, on paper, though there is a possibility I may change my opinion after the paddock parade if I find Dancing Prances looking much better than Gold Bag and other rivals.
First race at 2 pm.
Greater Mumbai Police Cup - Div II (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)
The Magician 1, Queen Of Venus 2, Fast Future 3.
Pradeep Vijaykar Cup (Class V; 1600m)
Coley 1, Cavalia 2, Sanam 3.
Greater Mumbai Police Cup - Div I (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)
Captain Abdon 1, Quick Angel 2, Alectar 3.
Velvet Rope Trophy (Class I; 2000m)
Costa Del Sol 1, Bullrun 2.
Bookmakers' Association Million - Gr 3 (For 4y&o; 1200m)
Gold Bag 1, Dancing Prances 2.
Squanderer Double Stakes (Class II; 1400m)
Intelligence 1, Brahmachari 2, Shania 3.
Bright Hanover Double Stakes (Class IV; 1600m)
Angelic Aria 1, Excelonce 2, Velvet Amari 3.
Best bet: None
Good bet: Costa Del Sol (4-4)
Chance bet: Angelic Aria (7-1)
Upset: Achieve (3-2)
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.