Temerity for Maharaja Gaekwad Trophy

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 11:51 IST | Prakash Gosavi |

The first evening card of the season is slated at the Mahalaxmi racetrack for today

The first evening card of the season is slated at the Mahalaxmi racetrack for today. The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) has rather ambitiously chalked a fulsome programme of 21 race days (out of a total 39) for racing under the floodlights, and have christened it as the Moondust Evening Festival, with the marketing tagline being 'racing, gourmet, gigs & fashion', in a hope to attract the younger crowd to the races.

Only seven races will be run on the card, with the Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy, a seven-furlong event for class II horses, slated as the prime event. Only three horses will face the starter in this race; however, a close contest cannot be ruled out between between the two three-year-olds in the fray--Temerity, trained by Pesi Shroff and to be ridden by Neeraj Rawal, and Sky Mine, the Imtiaz Sait ward to be ridden by Trevor Patel.

Pound for pound, Temerity is definitely better than Sky Mine, but both being three year olds, Temerity will need to be at her absolute best to give 7 kg to Sky Mine, especially as the latter's rider--Trevor Patel--has already displayed his great riding form by scoring a hat-trick on the opening day's card on Sunday.

First race at 5.00 pm.

Astana Plate (For 4y&o, class V; 1000m)
Rachel 1, Gold Streak 2, Scarlet Prince 3.

Algeciras Plate (Class III; 1600m)
Frivolous 1, Angel Girl 2, Mekong Delta 3.

Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy (Class II; 1400m)
Temerity 1, Sky Mine 2.

Star Admiral Plate (For 5y&o, class IV; 1000m)
Bullion Express 1, Wind Craft 2, Mount Tianmen 3.

Grand Passion Plate (Class IV; 1400m)
Zifandelle 1, Lucas 2, Reds Revenge 3.

J V Shukla-Ashwamitra Trophy (Class III; 1200m)
Artistic 1, Sparkling Eyes 2, Almost Magical 3.

Gateway Of India Plate (Class V; 1400m)
Blavatsky 1, Jeena 2, Matrioshka 3.

Best bet: None
Good bet: Zifandelle (5-2)
Chance bet: Frivolous (2-5)
Upsets: Generous Lady (1-3) & Aeolus Maximus (7-2)

Today's pools
Super jackpot pool: 2,3,4,5,6,7
Jackpot pool: 3,4,5,6,7
Treble pool: 5,6,7
Tanala pool: 1,2,4,5,6,7.

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