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FROM THE HORSES MOUTH - RACE FORM ANALYSIS GUIDE FOR SATURDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017- By Cyrus Naterwalla

Posted on - 08 Sep 2017

FROM THE HORSES MOUTH - RACE FORM ANALYSIS GUIDE FOR SATURDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017
 
- By Cyrus Naterwalla
 
Race No. 1:- The Macchupicchu Plate – Class II – Distance :- 2400M
 
SQUARE MOON :-He is a 6 year old colt trained by Adhirajsingh Jodha who has 4 career wins to his name from 23 starts , all of his wins coming over staying trips. His last victory came over course and distance back in August last year with the same rider up before going on to run a gallant 2nd to Severus in the Suresh Mahendra Trophy. He wintered in Kolkotta, racing 4 times and once running a close 2nd over 2200M and has had a lung opener this season to blow away the cobwebs. He is a confirmed stayer over the trip and in this small field he looks to have a good chance to return to winning ways and is strongly fancied with D.S. Daman in the saddle.
 
AL SHAMSHEER :- 6 year old gelding trained by Narendra Lagad who has a stamina laden pedigree as well and has managed to win 3 of his 27 starts till date although we have to go back to March 2015 for his last win over this trip in Class II and for the most part he has been woefully out of form. Most of his wins have come by securing a long lead in the back stretch and then staying on in the straight and in this small field with no confirmed front runner, he should be able to adopt his preferred tactics. He looks the rank outsider of the quartet but can be given a small upset chance with S. A. Amit booked to ride.
 
BOLD MARCH :-4 year old gelding from the powerful stables of Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy and Karthik G. he was the Classic hopeful from the 4 year old crop but failed to land even a Regional Classic managing to win 3 races from his 17 starts in a busy campaign. He did manage to win a valuable Million Race over 2000M on Invitation Cup weekend in Bangalore and recently finished 2nd to Themis also over 2000M in Bangalore. He has to prove his stamina over this longer trip but is taking on a fairly weak field so should fancy his chances with C.S. Jodha booked to ride.
 
STAR OF HARMONY :- This 4 year old filly from Malesh Narredu’s yard looks the most progressive of this quartet and she is also the most lightly raced having had just 7 starts so she has the maximum scope to improve. She comes from the family of Veena’s Pet which has already produced some solid stayers so she clearly should relish the step up to this trip although she is tackling it for the first time. She warmed up for this event by finishing 2nd to the progressive Comic Timing over a mile last time out and that should put her spot on for this. She is in receipt of weight from the others, looks in good nick at present and with P.S. Chouhan up, should be hard to beat.
 
CONCLUSION :-Star of Harmony seems to have ticks in most of the right boxes and is a confident selection here. With the other 4 year old Bold March an uncertain stayer, the top weighted Square Moon appears to be the main danger
 
Race No. 2 :- The Personify Plate – Class IV – 3 years old only – Distance :- 1000M
 
MAJESTICAL :-Comes from the stables of Karthik G. and has raced 6 times till date with 1 win to his name. After 2 unsuccessful attempts in big races in Mumbai, he travelled to Bangalore where he scored his maiden success by a whisker over 1400M and can be forgiven a poor showing next time out in the Juvenile Sprinters Million where he was badly interfered with at the start and could not recover thereafter. He finished 4th over 1000M on his last start in Pune where he was clear of Nextstarand has had a couple of good workouts since. He is a half brother to Solange so ideally should want further but is taking on a relatively weak field and could spring a surprise with A.M. Tograllu up.
 
LOIRE :-This 3 year old Surfrider filly comes from the yard of Narendra Lagad and has shown good maturity and improvement over the summer. She made no show on her 2 starts in Mumbai but made a winning reappearance in a similar contest last time out when she easily beat Stunner over course and distance. She appears to have maintained her condition judging from her subsequent workouts and is open to improvement on just her 4th start. Booking of good front running apprentice Raghuveer Singh practically negates the penalty she has incurred and she looks the form horse here but could be vulnerable to something with a little more quality.
 
NEXTSTAR :-Comes from the Imtiaz Sait stable and has raced 4 times till date with one victory to her name. She showed gradual progression in her 3 starts in Mumbai and was successful on her last run there when she beat Optimum and Arc Shine in a weak 5 furlong maiden with Saffron Flower back in 5th, 2 ½ lengths behind. She may have needed a lung opener on the track last time out where she finished behind Majestical but seems to have improved markedly judging from her track work since. P.S. Chouhan takes the ride and if that last run is ignored, then she stands an excellent chance to score.
 
TRUE GRIT :- Is a well bred 3 year old from the in form stable of S.K. Sunderji who is a half brother to the classy Ice Glacier so is more likely to come into his own later over more galloping trips. He made his debut last month over 1000M and failed to display early speed when finishing a faraway 3rd to Clymene so it is surprising that he is being tried over this trip again. He should be fitter and sharper for the experience and is working well but looks more of a place contender now with A. Imran Khan in the saddle.
 
SAFFRON FLOWER :-She comes from the M.P. Jodha stable and is unplaced in 4 sprint races till date. She finished just outside the frame in her 2 starts in Mumbai, about 2 ½ lengths behind Nextstar on 1 occasion and has been unplaced in both starts in Pune as well, both over 1200M. She was quietly fancied last time out and showed early speed from a wide draw before retiring. She needs to show a lot more improvement but is handily weighted here and with S.A. Amit claiming a further 2 ½ kilos and the plum rail draw, she looks like a good outsider who could upset at the weights.
 
CONCLUSION :-This appears to be primarily between the well bred and highly regarded Nextstarand speedy last outing winner Loire with the top weight Majestical a possible fly in the ointment in spite of this trip being sharp for him.
 
Race No. 3 :- The Spark of Gold Plate – Div. II – Class V – 4 Years Old & Over- Distance :- 1400M
 
VITESSE :-Is a 5 year old mare who began her career with AdhirajsinghJodha but has shifted yards a couple of times since and is now in the care of H.J. Antia. She has raced 22 times so far over varying trips but has just a single success to her name which came over 2400M back in October 2015. She has dropped down radically in trip in her last few starts and her last couple of runs for her latest yard have been encouraging, last time out running a forward race over a mile and kicking on to finish a good 2nd to Daffodils with Zanzibaar who finished 3rd going on to win next time out. She is eased in grade now into the lowest class and with N Nadeem claiming an additional 5 kilos, she looks one to consider seriously in spite of top weight and should be involved.
 
GOLDSMITH :- Also a 5 year old trained by Hosidar Daji, he has not done much of note for most of his career but took advantage of a plunging mark when scoring an emphatic win over 1000M last October in this class, coming with a strong late run to win decisively. He had 3 unplaced runs during the Mumbai season but showed signs of coming back to form on his preferred Pune track when making late progress to finish 4th to Rich N Rare over 1200M last time out. He has been working very since that run and the yard is firing in winners at the moment so if he is suited by the slightly longer trip then he looks a strong contender with A. Imran Khan an eye catching Jockey booking.
 
SMOKY HAZE :- 4 year old filly trained by Magansingh P. Jodha who is a half sister to Gutsy Boy and Umarkot, both of whom were useful handicappers but scored their wins over sprint trips. She has raced 6 times till date and showed some signs of ability only last time out over course and distance when she finished a good 3rd to Dibaba and Time of my Life. She is expected to build on that performance as she is still unexposed and if she progresses again then she stands an excellent chance to open her account against mainly older exposed horses. D.S. Daman takes the ride and she is strongly fancied here.
 
THE OTHER SONG :- This 7 year old from Zadmal Singh’s stable is a 41 race veteran with 3 wins to her name so far but she runs inconsistently and all the wins have been well spaced out. She came with a withering late run to score over a mile in this class back in January but has run poorly since. This 7 furlong trip is not ideal for her and even though C.S. Jodha is a very positive jockey booking, she looks more of a contender for minor honours and is too unreliable to consider seriously. Upset chance.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY :- Maiden 5 year old from the stables of Shazaan Shah, he is yet to finish in the first two in 21 starts till date but did manage to find some modest form during the latter part of the last Mumbai season, finishing 3rd on a couple of occasions. He was very well backed on his reappearance run here last time out but was ridden wide throughout and faded away at the bend. He may have lacked fitness that day and has been working quite well since so is worth considering with Amyn Merchant up although the percentage call is to oppose.
 
STAR ACE :-Well bred 5 year old filly trained by Dallas Todywalla, she too is winless in 15 starts till date with just one run of promise which came over a mile back in March. She finished 2nd by a short head that day with Happy Birthday 2 ½ lengths back in 3rd but she has subsequently done nothing to confirm that was anything but a freak run. She has tumbled down in the weights as a result and decent apprentice is booked now but she is another who looks a rank outsider who is capable of causing a stunning upset if she can reproduce that one good run.
 
CONCLUSION :-The 4 year old Smoky Haze should be able to win this if she is able to build on her decent last effort. Goldsmith looks a live danger with A.Imran Khan up and the stable in red hot form as does the top weighted Vitesse
 
Race No. 4:- The Iran Cup – Class I – Distance :-1600M
 
CONGRESSIONAL :- Quality 6 year old miler trained by BezanChenoy who has 5 wins and 6 seconds to his name from 22 starts and has been campaigning mainly in Terms Races for a while now and gets a rare look into a handicap. He is clearly the class act in this field but has to shoulder top weight as a result and it has been a while since he passed the winning post first although he has run some good races in defeat. He has had a lung opener this season to blow away the cobwebs and his recent workouts have been good. A. Imran Khan has been booked to ride and although he is fully exposed, he may just be too good for this lot and must be respected.
 
STARISTOCRAT :- Made promising strides in the early part of his career and very quickly reached the highest class but has been battling the handicapper since then and now has a bit to prove. He did win a small handicap around this time last year over 1400M but has raced 4 times since without success. He has had 2 starts already this term so should be fit but needs to show some spark and looks to have just an outside chance here against relatively easier opposition.
 
EXODUS :- Is a sparingly raced 5 year old gelding trained by the wily C.D. Katrak but he has an excellent record of 5 wins from his 8 races and comes into this having already completed a hattrick of wins in his last 3 starts. He was surprisingly friendless last time out over 1800M but made all the running and showed resilience to hold off Palatial and Mekong Delta in a thrilling finish. He seems to have maintained himself well since then and does seem to go on improving so with the shorter trip likely to suit him, he looks a leading fancy and could well complete a 4 timer with P.S. Chouhan retaining the ride.
 
LUCAS :- Scopey 4 year old trained by NazakChenoy he has already proved himself to be a class performer in his limited career so far, winning 3 of his 7 races and running a creditable 2nd to the mighty Serjeant At Arms in the Indian 2000 Guineas. He failed to stay the Derby distance but showed his versatility when getting up late to score over 6 furlongs when last seen in Mumbai and is returning from a long absence. He is clearly the most progressive among this lot and if he is fit and well, then he appears to be the most likely winner. Santosh G. takes the ride and he will be hard to beat if fit after the long break.
 
SHIP ROCK :- This 5 year old gelding from Vishal Gaikwad’s yard is an outstation challenger who comes with a formidable reputation from Kolkotta having won 6 of his 11 races and except for a minor blip over 2400M in between, has won 5 races on the trot. The form is difficult to match up but he clearly has ability, has been working well and must be considered from the bottom of the weights with Kishore Kadam up.
 
CONCLUSION :- The Chenoy father daughter combination appear to have a very strong hand here with Lucas looking the clear pick if he is fit and well after the break and the top weighted Congressional a big danger to all on his first run in a handicap for a while. Exodus seems to improve with every run and must also be considered along with the Kolkotta challenger Ship Rock
 
Race No. 5 :- The Ascot Lass Plate – Maiden 3 Year Olds – Distance :- 1600M
 
IN IT TO WIN IT :- Improving 3 year old from the stables of AdhirajsinghJodha, he has had just 2 starts till date and after an educative run in Mumbai, caught the eye last time out over 1200M when trailing until the bend but making up a lot of ground in the straight to come and finish an eye catching 4th to Mygrator who has gone on to frank the form. He has been solidly prepared since then and the step up to a more galloping trip is sure to suit. He has been solidly prepared since that run and is the joint highest rated along with Ice Dancer but appears to have scope than her to progress. A. Imran Khan takes over in the saddle and he looks a leading fancy.
 
SANDALPHON :-Comes from the small yard of Himmat Singh but is obviously very highly regarded by his connections as he was entered in the Breeders Produce Stakes and the Poonawalla Million but found the opposition too hot to handle. Last time out he was fancied each way over a stiff 5 furlongs and while having no chance with the winner, he finished on well to take 2nd which advertised his well being. This longer trip looks right up his alley and he looks a good each way contender with T.S. Jodha in the saddle.
 
AUBURN :- She is an unexposed filly from the Vishal Gaikwad yard who is owned by the strong Shirke – Dhunjibhoy partnership and has had just one educative run back in February where she was unplaced over 5 furlongs. She has been brought along steadily since then and her pedigree suggests that the step up to this trip will be much more suitable. She is entitled to need this run after the long break and may be a touch short on fitness but certainly appears to have the potential to be a danger to all and is respected with N.S. Parmar booked to ride. Paddock check is advised and if she looks well then she may be worth chancing at a price.
 
ICE DANCER:-Phoenix Tower filly trained by C.D. Katrak and gracing the claret and gold silks of Shapoor Mistry, she is arguably the pick on form but appears to lack the scope of In It To Win It. She has run well on each of her 4 starts till date, last time out finishing 2nd to Forest Fairy over 1400M. She should not be troubled by the step up to a mile and clearly has the ability to win a maiden race but does not seem to be progressing as well as some of the others and looks a shade vulnerable here. P.S. Chouhan is a good booking and she should be right there fighting out the finish.
 
KIMBERELLA :-Looks a very interesting debutant from the stable of ImtiazSait owned by the Rattonsey family and having a nice pedigree. The dam Catherine Linton has produced 2 fillies who raced in Kolkotta and both of them Anarosa and Spyro performed well over distance trips which is why she probably makes her debut over a mile. She has been given plenty of prep work and a Mock Race so should be fit enough on her debut and she looks a dark horse here with YashNarredu in the saddle.
 
CONCLUSION :-In It To Win It gave plenty of promise in his last run and if he able to progress further over this longer trip then he will take all the beating. Ice Dancer appears to be the main danger on form but it could pay to take a chance on either of the well bred and unexposed fillies Auburn and Kimberella if they are looking fit in the paddock.
 
Race No. 6:- The Sixth Element Salver – Class III – Distance :- 1200M
 
STARDOM CALLING :-She is a solid and consistent 5 year old handicapper from the C.D. Katrak stable who is effective over sprints and has 2 wins to her name from 15 starts. She is usually quite consistent off her current mark and ran a fine race in defeat last time out leading for a long way and kicking on to finish a close 3rd to YannaRascala and Maduro. Stardom Calling is working very well, looks in good form at present and must be seriously considered in this field with YashNarredu a good booking. She may again try and win from pillar to post.
 
ORACLE :- 3 year old gelding who is trained by NazakChenoy and had raced thrice till date all over 5 furlongs, losing his unbeaten record last time out when running a disappointing 3rd to God’s Own on his first start on the Pune track. He may have needed that run and the experience on this different course and should improve for the effort on just his 4th start. The step up to this trip is an unknown but he can be forgiven one poor run and could very bounce back and resume his progress with A. Imran Khan in the saddle.
 
SPARKLING EYES :-This 4 year old filly comes from the yard of ImtiazSait and often flatters to deceive and has an uneven overall profile. She was won twice in her career from 13 starts both of those wins coming early in her career and she has struggled against the handicapper since then. She finished 5th behind Stardom Calling on her seasonal reappearance and is ¾ length worse off with her rival for that run although she looks to have progressed from there as her recent track work has been excellent. She definitely merits consideration with C.S. Jodha up and can win if running upto her best but lacks a bit of consistency which tempers enthusiasm.
 
FLAG FLYING :- Is another well bred and exciting 4 year old prospect from the H.J. Antia yard Flag Flying has run only 6 races till date and after a quiet start, came into prominence when scoring a wide margin victory over 1400M in the lower class. He then ran a cracker on his penultimate run over this trip when again taking a large lead from the top of the straight and only collared by New England in virtually the last stride. That form has been enhanced considerably since then and having had a lng opener here to get him fit, he is working well and has strong claims in this small field.
 
GAZINO :-Is a 3 year old colt trained by Nosher Cama and owned by Jaydev Mody who after running some creditable races in defeat in Mumbai, showed drastic improvement last time out when trouncing maiden opposition in style to win unopposed over this trip. His subsequent work suggests that he has maintained his condition and he comes into this at the top of his game but he looks to have been handed a stiff opening mark against some good handicappers and may just struggle on his first attempt in Class III in spite of P.S. Chouhan being up and the rail draw. He clearly has to be considered seriously but may need this outing against older company.
 
CONCLUSION :-This looks very competitive in spite of the small field. Flag Flying Looked very progressive in Mumbai and is fancied to regain the winning thread now with stiff resistance expected from Stardom Calling and Sparkling Eyes. The 3 year old Gazino has been thrown in the deep end on his handicap debut but also cannot be ignored
 
Race No. 7 :- The Pune Cantonment Board Trophy – Div. II – Class IV – Distance :- 1400M
 
WAY AHEAD :- 5 year old gelding trained by C.D. Katrak, he is still winless from 14 starts but has managed to finish 2nd on 5 occasions including an excellent effort over course and distance last time out when going down fighting to Regal Shot, losing out by just a length. He is turned out again quickly with R. Ajinkya replacing A.Imran Khan in the saddle but looks in good form at present and could finally gain that elusive first success in spite of conceding weight all around.
 
OSLO COURT :-Once raced 4 year old gelding from the stable of Altamash A. Ahmed he is a got abroad with a nice pedigree and is highly regarded by his connections. He has had one educative run towards the end of the Mumbai season and summered in Bangalore but was withdrawn on his only intended start there. His recent track work has been most encouraging and he begins handicaps at a reasonable level. He is a scopey individual who could strike at attractive odds with Bhawani Singh taking the ride.
 
ABBEYROAD :-4 year old gelding from the Sanjay Kolse yard, he ran suggestively on debut when making good late progress to finish just  outside the frame on his debut run in Mumbai but then ran 3 times subsequently and was sluggish from the gates on each occasion and finished down the field. He jumped better on his reappearance in Pune over this trip and again ran on to finish just outside the frame which indicated some improvement. He is clearly not a reliable type but has been working well and is open to improvement on just his 6th start so he looks a rank outsider who could spring a big surprise .
 
ANNIVERSARY GIRL :- 3 year old filly trained by Narendra Lagad she has run 5 times till date, thrice over 7 furlongs in Mumbai and both times here over this trip. After needing a lung opener on her reappearance she showed significant improvement to run a good 2nd to Gazino with the same rider up and now steps back up to 7 furlongs which should not be a bother. She has been working very well of late and with the scope for further improvement, she looks a leading fancy to go one better here.
 
GOLDEN WEAVER :- Fashionably bred 3 year old filly from the yard of HosidarDaji, she is the daughter of Venus Arising who has produced some creditable performers over middle distance trips and she is sure to improve after having been given an educative run in Mumbai. Her recent trackwork has been excellent and the yard is in red hot form so even though the booking of J. Pradeep suggests that she may be out for an airing, she is very dangerous to ignore and could strike.
 
JACK DAN :- Lightly raced 5 year old gelding from the NosherCama stable, he showed good promise on his penultimate start over 1200M when making good progress from the rear to finish 4th with a feeble apprentice up. He did nothing of note next time out but P.S. Chouhan now takes over in the saddle and in a competitive affair, he looks worth considering.
 
CONCLUSION :-A chance is taken on the unexposed Oslo Court who is highly regarded by his connections and has been working well of late. Anniversary Girl looks the firm choice along with the top weighted Way Ahead.
 
Race No. 8 :- The Pune Cantonment Board Trophy – Div. I – Class IV – Distance :- 1400M
 
KNIGHT’S QUEST :- 4 year old gelding trained by Narendra Lagad he has won 2 of his 16 starts but only found form earlier this year, winning his maiden in the lower class earlier this year over 1200M. He has raced twice this term and last time out over the same trip, he came with a strong run to collar his more fancied stable mate Powerhaus close home and win decisively. He looks in fine trim at present and has only incurred a statutory penalty of 6 kilos so in spite of conceding weight all around, he looks to have an excellent chance to repeat with A. Imran Khan replacing P. Trevor.
 
ARSENAL :-Now 6 years of age, this mare from the stables of Shazaan Shah has been relatively lightly raced over the last year and is a winner of 1 of her 19 starts. That win came in March 2016 off a mark of 22 and she has been very lightly raced since then, having only 1 run the previous Pune season and 2 runs in the last Mumbai season. She had a lung opener already on this track and S.A. Amit now replaces H. Zeeshan in the saddle so even though her overall profile is uneven, she looks an outsider to keep an eye on.
 
KODIAK QUEEN :- 4 year old got abroad filly from the yard of M.P. Jodha, she has raced only 8 times till date and has not quite gone on from her fluent maiden success over 1200M on debut. After a string of modest to disappointing efforts she ran very encouragingly on her reappearance here when finishing an excellent close 3rd to Lilibeth over 1200M, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths with the same rider up. She appears to still have scope to improve and with the benefit of the run and the additional furlong, she has a fine chance to return to winning ways if she can build on that last effort.
 
REGAL SHOT :- Unexposed 4 year old trained by Karthik G. who has run 5 times till date and showed phenomenal improvement last time out when scoring a shock maiden win over course and distance with the same rider up, beating out Way Ahead (runs in the upper division) with Bay of Love 4th that day. He has not been harshly penalized and is completely unexposed over this trip so clearly could have plenty of improvement in him and may well still be ahead of the handicapper. He appears to have maintained form and fitness and with Bhawani Singh up again is strongly fancied to repeat.
 
BUNTING :-Improving 3 year old from the M.K. Jadhav stable who makes her handicap debut off a reasonable mark and has shown improvement in each of her 3 starts. After finishing 4th to Harmony of the Sea on her seasonal reappearance, she made all the running to just hold on over 6 furlongs and this extra furlong hence is an unknown. She too however, must improve on just her 4th start and merits serious consideration with N.S. Parmar in the saddle.
 
MARVEL :- 5 year old mare  from the S.K. Sunderji yard who has won twice in 21 attempts and usually goes well with R. Ajinkya who is on board today. She was well backed on her reappearance when finishing a close 3rd to Cracklin’ Rosie and is much better placed than Regal Shot on a line through Rapid Girl. She finished midfield in the Independence Million last time out which may have stretched her and she is much better suited to this sort of trip. She looks well handicapped at present and should give a much better account of herself today.
 
BAY OF LOVE :-Aged 7 year old gelding from the stable of H.J. Antia who has won 2 of his 26 starts and still had zest for racing as he showed when finishing a close 4th to Regal Shot last time out with the same rider up. He had finished 2nd to Adams Beginning on the opening weekend albeit in the lower class and although he is fully exposed and may not find a lot of improvement, he could battle it out for minor honours going practically bare back.
 
CONCLUSION :-The unexposed Regal Shot may yet have some room for improvement of his current mark and is taken to win again with improvement likely. The 3 year old Bunting heads the several dangers which include the well handicapped Marvel and the got abroad Kodiak Queen
 
Race No. 9 :- The Spark of Gold Plate – Div. I – Class V – 4 Years Old & over – Distance :- 1400M
 
ISINIT :-5 year old mare trained by S.N. Joshi who is frustratingly still a maiden after 16 starts having gone very close to scoring on a number of prior occasions. He finished a close 6th on his reappearance run beaten only 2 ½ lengths and goes quite well with Amyn Merchant who is on board again today. She looks likely to win one of these events very soon but the percentage call is to oppose her.
 
SNOW BLAST :-Fashionably bred 6 year old mare trained by Altaf Hussain who has presumably had a lot of setbacks as she has only raced 6 times till date. As a result, she is languishing on a very attractive handicap mark and should be fit after a lung opener earlier in the season. D.S. Daman is an interesting booking for the yard and she could be one to keep an eye on especially if money comes for her. Dark horse.
 
RAIN DANCE :-Nicely bred 5 year old mare trained by MagansinghJodha and surprising that she is still a maiden after 17 starts as she has run some promising races and showed a good level of form but does not look totally straightforward or consistent. She is another whom the handicapper has given a chance to but ran pathetically on the opening day and has something to prove now. S.A. Amit is a positive jockey booking and her recent trackwork has been good so she bears watching and can strike if running upto her best.
 
SAIL PAST :-6 year old gelding from the yard of Narendra Lagad who is a 30 race veteran and has won on 2 previous occasions. His mark has slipped to well below the one that he won off in the past and both his runs this season have been encouraging, last time finishing 4th behind Dibaba with Time of my Life the runner up that day. He does not look likely to improve much but is well weighted at present and with T.S. Jodha booked to ride, is another to consider in a very competitive finale.
 
SWEEP ASIDE :- Another 5 year old mare from the C.D. Katrak yard who catches the eye on pedigree and does not appear to have quite lived up to her potential. She has raced 9 times till date without success but her last effort was pleasing when she came with a threatening run over a mile and kicked on to finish 3rd to her unfancied stable companion. She looks capable of building on that performance and YashNarredu has a good record for the yard so she is a form horse who could earn an overdue success now.
 
TIME OF MY LIFE :-Smartly bred 4 year old trained by the in formHosidarDaji, she has raced 11 times till date and has run with great promise on the last 3 occasions. She looked distinctly unlucky not to win last time out when collared a few yards from the line by Dibaba and normal progression from that run should see her go one better today. A. Imran Khan replaces NeerajRawal in the saddle and she looks the one to beat now.
 
CONCLUSION :-A highly competitive finale. Time of my Life looked unlucky to lose last time out and is taken to make amends with the in form A. Imran Khan up. Sweep Aside ran well last time out as well and looks a danger along with the unexposed and well bred Snow Blast.
 
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