Hyderabad challenger Lady In Lace wins Spartan Poker Indian 1000 Guineas
The Hyderabad challenger Lady In Lace, who had successfully raided the Pune Derby two months ago, continued her successful run in western India by winning the Spartan Poker Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1)
The Hyderabad challenger Lady In Lace, who had successfully raided the Pune Derby two months ago, continued her successful run in western India by winning the Spartan Poker Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1) , the first Classic of the Mumbai racing season. Though she prevailed in a narrow finish over Windsor Forest & Ruffina, her manner of victory, after lying almost unconcerned near the wrong end of the field and then moving up with gigantic strides, gave a clear hint of her class and made abundantly clear why she is the best three-year-old filly in the land presently.
Jockey Suraj Narredu who partnered Lady In Lace was perhaps more relaxed than the super filly herself as he allowed her to settle far away from the early leader, Ice Dancer. Interestingly, her two main rivals, Manifold (Neeraj Rawal up) and Ruffina (David Allan up), however, immediately started stalking the leader who also sported the same silks as Lady In Lace, and was clearly out to do the job of a pacemaker.
Soon on entering the homestretch, Manifold assumed command, and Ruffina and David Allan quickly moved up to pounce on her. But by the time Allan put Ruffina in top gear, Suraj Narredu astride Lady In Lace had already thundered onto the scene and the Lady was devouring ground with each successive stride. With 100m to go, Suraj wrested the lead from Ruffina, and for a moment it looked like the race was over, but Windsor Forest, trained by Pesi Shroff and ridden by Trevor Patel, created a brief flutter by improving dramatically in the closing stages to be only a neck away from Lady In Lace at the wire.
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