Shivalik Hero for R R Ruia Gold Cup

Jan 15, 2013, 07:28 IST | Prakash Gosavi

All eyes will be on Machiavellianism, the fluent winner of the Indian 2000 Guineas trained by Hyderabad-based trainer LVR Deshmukh, in the Ramnivas Ramnarain Ruia Gold Cup (Gr 2), the feature event of Tuesday's nine-race card slated for the Mahalaxmi races

However, while there is nothing to take away from the imposing public fancy, I feel Dr Ramaswamy's Shivalik Hero, trained by Malesh Narredu, who finished a tame second to Machiavellianism in that race now has a good chance to turn the tables on his conqueror thanks to a mighty positive jockey switch from the inexperienced & struggling Liam P Jones to the experienced & accomplished Colm O'Donoghue. Montezuma & An Acquired Taste also look poised to run a big race.

As the best betting proposition of the afternoon, I nominate Rio, the Multidimensional progeny from Narredu's yard, in the Ahmed I Rahimtoola Trophy for maiden three-year-olds. He should be able to easily beat his ten rivals including Panthera, Veena's Star & Yellowzone.

First race at 1.30 pm.

Allaire Plate - Div II (For 4y, Class V; 1200m)
Vaile Rouge 1, Fajr 2, Quando Quando 3.

Perceived Value Plate (Class II; 1400m)
Neona 1, Centerstage 2, Bizarro 3.

Allaire Plate - Div I (For 4y, Class V; 1200m)
Mahiki 1, Castlerock 2, Blind Date 3.

Greater Mumbai Police Trophy (Class III; 1,600m)
Blue Ace 1, Barringo 2, Octopaul 3.

Ahmed I Rahimtoola Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1000m)
Rio 1, Panthera 2, Veena's Star 3.

Warsaw Pact Plate (Class IV; 1800m)
Roswald 1, Winds Of Fortune 2, Jen's Glory 3.

Western India Bookmakers' Association Trophy (Class III; 1200m)
Relic Hunter 1, Bullseye 2, Forest Legion 3.

R R Ruia Gold Cup - Gr 2 (For 4y; 2000m)
Shivalik Hero 1, Machiavellianism 2, Montezuma 3.

Blue Ribbon Plate (Class V; 1600m)
Wish Upon A Star 1, Amora 2, Glowing Mist 3.

Best bet: Rio (5-2)
Good bet: Neona (2-1)
Chance bet: Mahiki (3-3)
Upset: An Acquired Taste (8-2)

Today's pools
Super jackpot pool: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Jackpot pool: I - 3,4,5,6,7; II - 5,6,7,8,9
Treble pool: I - 2,3,4; II - 6,7,8; III - 7,8,9
Tanala pool: All races. 

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