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Begin with Smiles Of Fortune

Updated on: 21 July,2023 12:11 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Prakash Gosavi |

It is a given that with 28 per cent GST slapped as sin tax on horse racing, there is zero sense in betting the favourite anymore

Begin with Smiles Of Fortune

Representational Image (Pic: AFP)

It is a given that with 28 per cent GST slapped as sin tax on horse racing, there is zero sense in betting the favourite anymore. The new age punter in New India therefore must step out of his comfort zone, and look for odds and value for his bet.

One such opportunity is presented in the Season Opener Plate (Div II). Ameerah (Roderic O'Connor—My Lakshmi) from trainer Sunderji's yard made a stylish winning debut at Mumbai, and will most probably be installed as a hot, on-money favourite. By contrast, Smiles Of Fortune (Planetaire—Wonder Smile) from trainer Malesh Narredu's stables, who is still a maiden after five starts, may not have as many supporters, and therefore, will command relatively generous odds. 

With little luck, I expect Smiles Of Fortune to have the last laugh and earn his backers a small fortune.

First race at 1 pm:


Beyond Expectation Plate - Div II (4y&o, class V; 1200m)

Lady Di 1, Anoushka 2, Silver Steps 3. 


Season Opener Plate - Div II (Class IV; 1400m)

Smiles Of Fortune 1, Ameerah 2, Fancy Nancy 3.


Gamble For Love Trophy (Class I; 1400m)

Golden Neil 1, Count Of Savoy 2, Flying Visit 3.


Season Opener Plate - Div I (Class IV; 1400m)

Kariena 1, Malakhi 2, Brave Beauty 3.


D K Ashish Trophy - Div I (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)

The General 1, Maysara 2, Mi Arion 3.


Alley Cat Plate (Class IV; 1000m)

Queens Pride 1, Inishmore 2, Generosity 3.


D K Ashish Trophy - Div II (For 3y, maidens; 1200m)

Endurance 1, Enabler 2, Multiverse 3.


Double Bull Plate (Class III; 1200m)

Buckley 1, Snowfall 2, Time And Tide 3.


Beyond Expectation Plate - Div I (4y&o, class V; 1200m)

Superimpose 1, Champagne Smile 2, Sky Hawk 3.



Best bet: None

Upsets: Tarzan (1-8), Brahmos (7-1) & Irish Gold (8-10)


Today's pools

Super jackpot pool: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Jackpot pool: I - 2,3,4,5,6; II - 5,6,7,8,9

Treble pool: I - 3,4,5; II - 6,7,8; III - 7,8,9

Tanala pool: All races

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