Portia has 'Hughes' advantage

Published: Dec 16, 2012, 06:36 IST | Prakash Gosavi |

The Gitanjali Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1) will be run as the feature event of Sunday's eight-race card.

Ten well-bred fillies, four of them 'got-abraods', will line up at the mile chute of the Mahalaxmi racecourse precisely at 4 pm for the first Classic of the Mumbai racing season 2012-13.

Though locally trained fillies Portia (Pesi Shroff), Neona (Bezan Chenoy) & Maple Star (Karthik Ganapathy) are major contenders for the coveted honour,
they will be facing a formidable challenge from Vijay's Pride, trained by Hyderabad's champion trainer LVR Deshmukh, who comes here with an imposing
record of having already bagged three regional Classics, and also having won all her starts over the mile trip.

Besides, there are two maverick fillies in Art Of Enchantment (S Padmanabhan) & Showin'off (S Attaollahi) who are coming into this race with only one victory each to their credit, but may put up a bold show to topple the applecart of fancied runners. My choice is Portia who enjoys an edge that may prove decisive at the wire thanks to English champion Richard Hughes' presence in the saddle.

First race at 1.30 pm.

M N Nazir Trophy (Class III; 1600m)
Lake Paradise 1, Clinton 2, Mon Ami 3.

Jacqueline Trophy (Class I; 1400m)
Black Magic Woman 1, Silk Cut 2.

Faiz Jasdanwalla Trophy (For 2y, maidens; 1000m)
Silver Streak 1, Little Love 2, Forest Vision 3.

Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa Area Trophy (Class IV; 2000m)
Hamlet 1, Sun Salutation 2, Razeena 3.

Gracias Saldanha Memorial Million (For 3y&o; 1200m)
Ancient Wonder 1, Nefyn 2, Ranthambhore 3.

Gitanjali Indian 1000 Guineas (Gr 1) (For 3y; 1600m)
Portia 1, Vijay's Pride 2, Maple Star 3.

P D Bolton Trophy (Class II; 1000m)
Ishpingo 1, Rising Power 2, Smart Strider 3.

Uttam Singh Trophy (For 4y&o, class V; 1400m)
Laurus Pride 1, O'Princess 2, Ad Infinitum 3.

Best bet: Lake Paradise (1-1)
Good bet: Ishpingo (7-6)
Chance bet: Black Magic Woman (2-1)
Upsets: Amadeus (5-2) & Alejandra (8-4)

Today's pools
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.

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