Ruffina mocks rivals to win feature

Updated: Feb 11, 2018, 11:24 IST | Prakash Gosavi

The Dallas Todywalla-trained Ruffina, ridden by David Allan, ridiculed her nine rivals as she displayed electrifying acceleration to sweep past a field of classy sprinters to win the grade 2

Representation pic
Representation pic

The Dallas Todywalla-trained Ruffina, ridden by David Allan, ridiculed her nine rivals as she displayed electrifying acceleration to sweep past a field of classy sprinters to win the grade 2, Dr S C Jain Sprinters' Championship, the feature event of Saturday's eight-race card at the Mahalaxmi racetrack.

Racing as half-money favourite, the Excellent Art - Miss Danehill filly carrying the Poonawalla silks relaxed away from the hot pace set by Lincoln (A Sandesh up) who had no answer when Ruffina whizzed past him in the final furlong to draw away for a comfortable victory in 1 minute 09.69 seconds, which missed the existing record by only 0.14 seconds.

Trevor Patel emerged as star jockey with three winners on the card, while veteran trainer Imitaz Sait (who was away at Kolkata where he won the feature event with Winter Renaissance) scored a brace.

All set for annual auction

Exactly 115 horses will be sold under the hammer during the auction sale which is returning to the Mahalaxmi racecourse after a gap of almost 20 years. Shifting the venue from Pune to Mumbai has really charged the atmosphere up as breeders, professionals and horse owners are all excited to participate.

The prospective bidders, with the thick catalogue in hand, have been eyeing the horses, checking out their pedigree and conformation, and short-listing the ones who attract their eye. The auction will be held on Monday & Tuesday (Feb 12 & 13) between 4 & 9 pm.

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