Indian Oaks wears open look

Jan 20, 2013, 08:29 IST | Prakash Gosavi

The grade 1, Indian Oaks, popularly known as 'Ladies' Derby' because it is reserved only for four-year-old Indian fillies who will go over the Derby trip of mile-and-a-half, has attracted twelve runners and is slated as the feature event of Sunday's bumper ten-race card.

With no filly possessing exceptional form, the race wears an open look with Vijay's Pride & Showin'off--the winner & runner up of the Indian 1000 Guineas--as prime contenders, and the trio of Maple Star, Art Of Enchantment & Songlark having an outside chance.

My choice is Vijay's Pride, winner of six races from eight starts, who has never ventured beyond a mile, but is expected to go the distance thanks to her current good form. She is tipped to win from Showin'off & Maple Star.

For the best bet of the afternoon, I nominate Mariinski in the grade 3, Gool S Poonawalla Million. The Pesi Shroff-trained three-year-old filly should be able to post an easy victory in the hands of S Zervan.

First race at 12.30 pm.

Satinello Trophy - Div I (For 5y&o, Class III; 1000m)
Good Looking 1, Starlight Magic 2, Apocalypse 3.

Harrish Mehra Trophy (Class V; 2000m)
Song Of Praise 1, Polynesia 2, Impressive Touch 3.

Lt Col Govind Singh (VRC) Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)
Archie 1, Mars 2, Noble Reward 3.

P D Avasia Trophy (Class I; 1200m)
Wings Of Glory 1, Sugar Loaf 2, Hills And Heights 3.

Rajpipla Trophy (Class II; 1600m)
Coccinella 1, Vittoria 2, Invictus 3.

Tricumdas Dwarkadas Trophy - Div II (Class IV; 1200m)
Lightning Thunder 1, Song Of Sparrow 2, Super Satin 3.

Tricumdas Dwarkadas Trophy - Div I (Class IV; 1200m)
Colours Flying 1, Zoom Zoom 2, Fire Falcon 3.

Gool S Poonawalla Million - Gr 3 (For 3y; 1200m)
Mariinsky 1, Starry Eyes 2, Brindaban 3.

Indian Oaks - Gr 1 (For 4y fillies; 2400m)
Vijay's Pride 1, Showin'off 2, Maple Star 3.

Satinello Trophy - Div II (For 5y&o, Class III; 1000m)
Snow Blaze 1, Foxtrot 2, So True 3.

Best bet: Mariinsky (8-4)
Good bet: Snow Blaze (10-1)
Chance bet: Colours Flying (7-6)
Upset: Fond Memories (9-3)

Today's pools
Super jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Jackpot pool: I - 4,5,6,7,8; II - 6,7,8,9,10
Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 7,8,9; III - 8,9,10
Tanala pool: All races. 

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