Alaindair may face heat from Myrtlewood

Updated: Dec 25, 2016, 13:08 IST | Prakash Gosavi |

Myrtlewood, who last season won the Indian 1000 Guineas & Oaks before going down to Desert God narrowly in the Indian Derby, later faltered badly during the Pune season to go completely out of contention at the top level

Myrtlewood, who last season won the Indian 1000 Guineas & Oaks before going down to Desert God narrowly in the Indian Derby, later faltered badly during the Pune season to go completely out of contention at the top level. However, she finally seems to have returned to fitness if her recent track trials are any indication. But it is difficult to predict whether her current fitness will translate into winning form, especially against Alaindair, who will undoubtedly command favouritism for the grade 2, the Maharaja Sir Harisinghji Trophy, the feature event of Sunday's seven-race card.

There are eight top class horses in the fray, but I feel the main fight will be centered between Alaindair and Myrtlewood, with Apache as the dark horse. My vote goes to Alaindair.

Interestingly, Ajatshatru Singh, scion of the erstwhile kingdom of Kashmir and grandson of the late Harisinghji after whom the trophy is named, will be present on the occasion to give away the trophy to the winning owner and trainer.

First race at 2 pm.

Selections:

Conrad Pereira Trophy (For 5y&o, IV; 1000m)
Tinogona 1, Zabisco 2, Ancient Treasure 3.

N M Irani Trophy (For 2y, maidens; 1400m)
Zenon 1, Zanara 2, Wild Fire 3.

Municipal Commissioner's Cup (III; 1600)
Nifty 1, Glorious Eyes 2, Jazzmyn 3.

Uttam Singh Trophy (IV; 1800m)
His Master's Vice 1, Normandy 2, Sovereignsky 3.

Edgar DeSylva Trophy (II inf; 1400m)
Khayyam 1, Star Councillor 2, Avant Garde 3.

M K Ajatshatru Singh presents The Maharaja Sir Harisinghji Trophy - Grade 2 (For 3y; 1600m)
Alaindair 1, Myrtlewood 2, Apache 3.

Jehangir P Dubash Trophy (III; 1000m)
Double Nine 1, Greek Goddess 2, Abbey 3.

Recommendations

Best bet: None
Good bet: Alaindair (6-1)
Chance bet: Nifty (3-2)
Upsets: Angel Girl (4-1) & Quixotic (7-5)

Today's pools
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.

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