From the Horses Mouth - Race form Analysis Guide for Sunday, 14th April, 2019- By Cyrus Naterwalla
Posted on - 13 Apr 2019
From the Horses Mouth - Race form Analysis Guide for Sunday, 14th April, 2019
- By Cyrus Naterwalla
Race No. 1 :- The Trainers Trophy – Div. II – Class V – Distance :- 1000M
FIRE FLAME :- Well bred 4 year old filly who is one of three runners from the Narendra Lagad yard and has the only full jockey booked with J. Chinoy in the saddle. Winner of 2 of her 21 starts, she did score one of her wins this season on her 2nd run over this trip when sneaking home by a length from MacGyver. She went off the boil since then, mainly struggling in Class IV company but has come back down to Class V company and is not too high above her last winning mark. Her lack of recent form is definitely a worry but this field looks quite weak so having had previous winning form over this trip, she looks a strong each way player if she has her galloping shoes on.
FURIOSA :- Speedy 6 year old mare trained by Faisal Abbas who excels over this minimum trip and is a seasoned handicapper having won 2 of her 30 starts. After being given a few early season runs to get her fully fit she ran a fine race in defeat last time out when runner up to more fancied stable companion Tasch over this trip. That race looks to have worked out relatively well and her last couple of workouts have been eye catching so with A.S. Peter who rode her last time out retaining the ride and a good draw in Stall 4, she looks to have an outstanding chance to gain another success and is strongly fancied.
BEE QUIRKY :- 6 year old mare from the stable of Vijay Kasbekar who has managed to win just 1 of her 19 starts so far but looks a speedy sort and has often been undone by having a very wide draw. She has had 4 starts this season and has managed to make the frame in two of those runs, last time out finishing on leisurely to be an unextended 4th behind Red Carnation. She looks to be well placed on the scales at present, for once has been granted a dream draw in Stall No. 1 and although Niranjan S. Parmar is not one of the better apprentices, he has been riding her for most of the season and deserves this chance. She could prove dangerous if breaking well and has the speed to win from end to end.
ROMANTIC EYES :-Maiden 5 year old from the Imtiaz Sait yard she has been tried over a variety of distances without success and last time out when dropped to 1200M, finished on out of the pack to be runner up to Antarctica so it is interesting that she is being tried over the minimum trip for the first time. S. Zervan who rode her last time out keeps the ride and in this weak looking field, she may just prove to be an end of season surprise and is worth keeping an eye on.
VELVET VIBES :- Unexposed 4 year old filly from the small stable of Ivor Fernandes who has very few winners nowadays and she showed signs of ability for the first time in 9 starts last time out when finishing on to be a fair 4th to Agrami over this trip with a feeble rider up. This is the first time that a decent rider has been booked to ride with S.A. Amit taking over from Altaf Sayyed and if she can build on that last effort, then she looks to have each way claims.
CONCLUSION :-A scratchy looking opener and while these races are generally better off left alone, it may be worth a wager on Furiosa. The form of her last 2nd has worked out particularly well and she has been handed a relatively weak field to take on. Bee Quirky who for once has gotten a good draw could trouble her
Race No. 2 :- The Trainers Trophy – Div. I – Class V – Distance :- 1000M
DEMOCRAT :- 6 year old gelding from the stable of M.K. Jadhav who has won 3 of his 24 starts till date and seems to have dropped down to a very attractive mark with a string of poor runs. He has been largely out of form this season but gave reason for a little encouragement last time out over 1200M when he led for a long way and kicked on to finish a very close 4th just a length behind the winner She Is A Spy. The drop to the minimum trip looks likely to suit him, the booking of P. Trevor today catches the eye and in spite of the yard’s poor form this season, he looks a strong contender to succeed if building on that last effort.
ISINIT :- Speedy and consistent 7 year old mare trained by S.N. Joshi who has been performing well over sprints this season, scoring 1 runaway win and placing consistently in most of her other runs. Overall a winner of 2 races from 44 starts, she has been holding her form this season and last time out over this trip, finished a good 3rd behind Red Carnation. She finished a close 2nd the only other time K. Nazil rode her this season so the booking is an encouraging one and she looks an each way player.
ROYAL ACE :- Well bred 6 year old gelding from the Faisal Abbas yard who is still a maiden after 21 starts in spite of placing on 5 occasions. He was probably a bit rusty and in need of the run last time out when returning from a 3 month break and should be fitter and sharper today. He ran two good early season races, finishing 3rd on both occasions and if returning to that sort of form, he stands a good each way chance with A.S. Peter taking over in the saddle today.
BLITZKRIEG :- Aged 7 year old gelding from the Adhirajsingh Jodha yard who used to be a force to reckon with over this trip in his younger days winning 3 of his 34 starts. He still has zest for racing as he showed when taking the opening race of the current season from Bonafide over this trip but has been well held in 4 starts since. He seems to be have been given a chance by the handicapper and D.R. Shubham has had some success this season so he could prove to be a good outsider and should not be ignored.
OUTSTANDING :- 5 year old mare from the in form yard of S.K. Sunderji who has a fine sprinting pedigree so it is a bit disconcerting that she has only managed to win 1 of her 21 starts so far. She has been quite consistent this season though, running 5 times and managing to place on all but 1 occasion. She finished on to be a close 3rd behind Dance Emperor last time out and has been working quite well since so looks to be in good order. The booking of Neeraj Rawal today taking over from stable apprentice Parbat Singh is a good one and if she has managed to maintain her form, she looks to have a good chance to get back to winning ways.
CONCLUSION :- Another avoidable contest from a betting standpoint but Democrat did enough last time out to suggest that he was ready to earn another bracket and with Trevor in the saddle, looks the first choice here. Outstanding with Neeraj Rawal up looks the main danger.
Race No. 3 :- The Girl From Ipanema Plate – Class IV & V – Distance :- 1600M
KIMBERELLA :- Began her racing in the colours of the Rattonsey family but did not quite live upto expectations and has now been taken over by Imtiaz Sait himself and runs in his colours. She has managed 2 wins from her 14 starts till date and although she has not managed to score this season, she has run quite respectably. Her 4 runs this season have yielded 2 second place finishes and her last effort which came over 1800M a couple of months ago was quite encouraging when finishing 2nd to Western Front as the 3rd and 4th that day, Rogue One and Excellent Sorrento have gone on to win since so the form looks strong. She has been working quite well of late so has probably been sharpened up by the short break and with Dashrath Singh to guide her, looks a big danger to all in spite of top weight.
AGRAMI :- Unbeaten sister of Excellent Gold from the stable of Faisal Abbas who seems to have many fancied runners on the last weekend, she made her racing debut 5 weeks ago over what looked a very sharp 5 furlongs but in spite of looking green and inexperienced and finishing near the outer rail she got up late to pip Grand Sinatra and score an impressive win first time out. She will no doubt learn plenty from that run and strip fitter and is now stepped up markedly to what is expected to be a more suitable trip. She appears to have plenty of scope for further improvement, P. Trevor taking over in the saddle is a big positive and she could well be way ahead of the handicapper and looks to have an excellent chance to go in again and keep her unbeaten record intact.
FENCING :- Late maturing 6 year old mare trained by Adhirajsingh Jodha, she has been relatively sparingly raced and has a good record of 3 wins from her 20 starts till date. In the past she has been delivered very late from way off the pace but she showed that she can win with more positive tactics when ridden prominently by Sandesh on her penultimate start and scoring a resounding 5 length win in the lower class. She ran well under her penalty last time out as well when a close 3rd to Harmony Of The Sea over 1400M and should appreciate the return to this mile trip. A. Sandesh who has ridden her the last twice is up again today, she seems to be in good heart at present and should run well again and be involved over a trip which suits her at present.
CAESAR :- Very interesting and unexposed Win Legend gelding trained by Nosher Cama who made his debut a month ago over 1400M with N.B. Kuldeep in the saddle. He was last of all turning for home but made up good ground in the straight under tender handling and finished on to be 4th to Cormorant. All the horses ahead of him that day have run well since so the form looks good and he is sure to improve. The additional furlong is likely to be to his advantage and P.S. Chouhan takes over in the saddle. He looks a very interesting prospect here and could prove to be a dark horse who could upset.
ROMANESQUE :- 4 year old filly from the Imtiaz Sait yard who looked to be progressing nicely with an increase in distance and was just touched off by Fanfare over 2000M on her penultimate start but failed to make the most of a straightforward opportunity last time out when easily beaten by His Master’s Vice. It is interesting that she has been upped in Class today without winning but also takes a significant drop in weight and also drops slightly in distance down to a mile. She has a bit to prove after that last run but also has scope to improve further and it will be interesting to see how she runs today with S. Zervan in the saddle replacing Neeraj Rawal.
CONCLUSION :- Agrami looked a smart prospect on her debut over 1000M and should be much more at home over this longer trip. Kimberella has been working well and looks the danger on form but for those looking for a longer priced outsider, it may be worth chancing the unexposed Caesar who is also open to lots of improvement.
Race No.4 :- The Stylecracker Million – Terms – 3 Years Old Only – Distance :- 1400M
GALLANTRY :- Powerful looking chestnut colt from the Malesh Narredu yard who has run twice till date, making an impressive start to his career when scoring with authority in a 6 furlong maiden but the runner up Belenus a subsequent winner although the rest of the form is yet to be tested. He was highly tried last time out in the Colts Championship and found Trouvaille to be too strong, finishing 3rd behind out station challenger Southern Ruler. He looks to still have a decent level of form and this slight drop in trip should suit him. P. Trevor takes the ride today replacing Suraj Narredu and he looks to have strong each way claims in this small field and should run a big race.
ROYAL CRYSTAL :- The most experienced of the 5 runners having already had 4 starts, he was a wide margin maiden winner over 1200M on debut but has not quite gone on from there in 3 starts since, finishing a poor 3rd next time out when favourite in the Usha Stud Million but well beaten by Dandi March and then looked out of depth upped to 7 furlongs in the Breeders’ Produce Stakes. He seemed to get back on track last time out when dropping back to 6 furlongs and finishing on strongly to be runner up to Princess Annabel with Silver Flames a very close 4th that day. The 3 runners appear to be very closely matched today and K. Nazil takes the ride but he has yet to convince that he is suited by 7 furlongs and may find one or two too good today.
SILVER FLAMES :- Improving son of Leitir Mor who is trained by Altaf Hussain and is gradually stepping up in trip with every run. Looking soft on his debut in a weak 5 furlong maiden, he showed his class by literally dragging his feeble rider home to win unfancied from Warrior Clan and Track Star and next time out was well fancied in a more competitive contest where he led throughout and was only collared close home by both Princess Annabel and Royal Crystal finishing within a length of them. He may not have been suited by making the running and the additional furlong is likely to suit him. A. Sandesh keeps the ride again today, he has been working well and if given a more patient ride today, looks to have an excellent chance to resume his upward curve.
PRINCESS ANNABEL :- Comes from the stable of Altamash Ahmed and showed she was a good type when scoring an unfancied win on debut, coming with a powerful late run to get the better of Silver Flames and Royal Crystal. She has been penalized for that win so goes up 3 kilos in the weights and hence comes off slightly worse on the Terms. However, she is a completely unknown quantity who should herself be fitter and sharper today and with improvement likely, should make a bold bid to keep her unbeaten record and must be respected.
CONCLUSION :- Very competitivein spite of the small field. Silver Flames is just the selection on the hopes that he will be ridden more patiently today and should appreciate the 7 furlong trip better than the others. Gallantry is feared the most and should give him the most to do
Race No.5 :- The Goodbye Plate – Div. II – Class V – Distance :- 1400M
ROSPOMARE :- Well bred 5 year old gelding trained by Faisal Abbas who has run 9 times so far and still seems to be searching for his ideal trip having finished 3rd just once. He was not tried in his first several starts over sprint trips but this season was fancied over a mile a couple of runs ago but ran poorly to finish 6th to Western Front. He ran a promising race on Derby weekend over 2400M when leading from the start and kicking on to finish 3rd to Momentum and was again fancied dropped to 2000M last time out but again disappointed when only 5th to Fanfare. He is now dropped to a 1400M trip and P. Trevor who rode last time out keeps the ride. He may be worth trying over this middle distance as he has been running forward races, looks to have found a relatively weak field and although he is not reliable, this may be his best chance yet to get off the mark.
HI HO SILVER :- 4 year old filly trained by Dallas Todywalla who has a similar profile to Rospomare being a 9 race maiden but seems to have found some form this season. She looked ready to strike when finishing a close 2nd to Saffron Flower after being hampered in the straight and did run a decent 3rd to Gandalf and Dragonmoss next time out but she seems to have lost form in her last 2 runs and needs to bounce back. 3 ½ kilo claimer Vishal Bunde takes the ride today replacing M. Ayyar and although she does not seem to be finding the required improvement, she looks to have a good each way chance in this company.
CRISTO BOSS :- 6 year old gelding trained by Vijay Kasbekar who has flattered only to deceive on a number of occasions and is still winless after as many as 30 runs. He has shown a liking to this trip in the past and ran possibly his best race of the current campaign last time out when finishing on over a sharp 6 furlongs to be 3rd to Antarctica. The additional furlong looks likely to suit him, Amyn Merchant who rode him last time out takes the ride and if he can build on that last effort then he looks capable of finally getting off the mark but a leap of faith is required to support him.
WHISPERING QUEEN :- 9 race maiden from the stable of Ivor Fernandes who has done nothing of note in her previous runs but suggested that she was finding some form last time out when finishing on late over 5 furlongs to be in the frame for the first time behind Dance Emperor. The longer trip is likely to suit her on pedigree, Raghuveer Singh takes the ride and if she can improve on that last effort then she is capable of being involved. The yard has very few winners nowadays which does not inspire confidence but she looks an interesting outsider.
LOVELY FAIRY :- Nicely bred 5 year old maiden from the yard of C. Rajendra who has run 16 times so far without success but has run suggestively a couple of times this season indicating that her turn is not far away. A very close 3rd to Arabian Muktar and Smoky Haze over this trip earlier in the season, she bounced back from a poor effort in between to finish a close 4th to Deccan King and seems to have maintained her form since that run. Neeraj Rawal gets a leg up in the saddle today replacing N.S. Parmar and she is another who looks to have a decent each way chance and must come into consideration.
SMOKY HAZE :- 6 year old mare trained by Adhirajsingh Jodha who is 0 for 22 but went desperately close a couple of times earlier in the season and should win one of these before too long. She was off the track for 2 ½ months though possibly with a minor setback and her 2 runs since returning have been poor. She may need some more time to come to hand and the booking of S.S. Baria suggests that she may be going in for another run but she could prove very dangerous if returning to her early season form and cannot be ignored.
CONCLUSION :- This race is best left alone from a betting standpoint with each of the runners looking to have some negative point or the other. Rospomare is just a tentative selection but it looks wide open.
Race No. 6 :- The Racing Officials Trophy – Class IV & V, 5 Years Old & Over – Distance :- 1000M
CEZANNE :- Still can raise an effective gallop at the ripe old age of 8 and took advantage of his plunging handicap mark when scoring a gutsy win over Epiphany last time out for young A.M. Jadhav. He advertised his fitness that day to win decisively and should be able to tackle a 4 kilo penalty for that win. Bhawani Singh who rode him last time out keeps the ride and he is likely to make a bold bid to repeat here in older company and must be respected in spite of top weight.
RIDGEWOOD STAR :- 6 year old gelding who is owned and trained by Dallas Todywalla and has been in relatively good form in his four starts this season. He scored on his reappearance over 1200M and has finished 4th in his last 2 starts over sprints suggesting that he is holding his form. His last run was almost 2 months ago over 1000M when finishing 4th to Untitled and he gets a drop in weight with Vishal Bunde claiming 3 ½ kilos in the saddle. He appears to have a good each way chance if resuming in the same vein and should be involved.
ALPINE EXPRESS :- Speedy 6 year old mare trained by Vinesh who has won 3 of her 26 starts till date and after coming down considerably in the weights with a string of poor efforts, looks to be regaining her form and has run well the last twice. She was a shade unlucky not to score back in January when finishing a close 2nd in a blanket finish with Royston Rock and Ridgewood Star just behind her and last time out, back from a 2 month break finished a close 3rd to Cezanne and is weighted to gain revenge. The booking of A. Sandesh catches the eye and she looks to have an excellent chance now of returning to the winner’s circle.
XOXO :- 5 year old gelding from the stable of S.S. Shah who has won 2 of his 18 starts and comes into this fresh off a win over 1200M last time out, when getting the better of Cracklin’ Rosie by 1 ½ lengths. He is not certain to appreciate the drop to the minimum trip although he has only been penalized 4 kilos for the win but he has been upped in grade and faces tougher opposition today. Akshay takes over in the saddle from N.S. Parmar and he comes into the race in good form so should try hard to repeat and comes into consideration.
AME :- 7 year old gelding trained by M.K. Jadhav who is a veteran of 41 races and has managed to win thrice and also place 10 times and is usually effective over this trip and off this sort of mark. He was a winner on his penultimate run over 1200M when partnered by A. Sandesh and will have the services of P. Trevor in the saddle today. He convincingly beat WabiSabi on that previous occasion, appears to be working well and is another who could trouble them all and be involved in the finish
CONCLUSION :- Another difficult race in which to nominate a clear winner but Alpine Express may have been a bit rusty last time out and with the benefit of the run and with A. Sandesh in the saddle, can regain the winning thread. Cezanne won nicely last time out and still looks well handicapped on his old form so looks the main danger
Race No. 7 :- The Godspeed Plate – Class III & IV – Distance :- 1400M
EXCELLENT SORRENTO :- Rapidly improving 4 year old colt trained by Malesh Narredu who seems to have struck a rich vein of form at present and comes into this race bidding for a hattrick. After being tried over a variety of trips since his 6 furlong maiden win, he finally looks at home over middle distances and his last 2 wins have both come over a mile. He beat Bhaktawar by a length on his penultimate run conceding 1 ½. Kilos and followed that up with a gutsy win over Zanzibaar and Truly Epic just 10 days ago and seems to be in great heart at present so has been turned out again quickly. He is up only another 4 kilos, A. Sandesh has been booked to ride and if not finding his races coming too soon, looks to have a very good chance to earn another bracket.
DIVINE POWER :- Another progressive 4 year old gelding, this one from the stable of Altaf Hussain, he too is looking for his 3rd successive win after scoring back to back wins over 1200M earlier in the season. After having looked to be regaining form on his final run in Pune, he was fancied on his first 2 starts here but both were over 1000M and he finished 4th on both occasions. He seemed to relish the step up to 6 furlongs though, first scoring from end to end over Jetfire and turned out again on Derby Day under a statutory penalty, was given an inspired ride by Sandesh to pip Dazzling Star on the post. He has not raced since then so is coming back from a short break but should not be troubled by the extra furlong if resuming in the same vein with P.S. Chouhan booked to ride today.
BHAKTAWAR :- Bred in the purple 6 year old gelding who finally seems to be living upto his pedigree and has been in terrific form this season winning three of this last 4 starts and going down narrowly to Excellent Sorrento in between. He is better placed on the scales for that defeat so looks to have a strong chance on the handicap so looks a very strong contender with Neeraj Rawal in the saddle and is another in form horse in this extremely competitive contest.
CORMORANT :- Yet another improving 4 year old who is bidding for a hattrick, he is trained by Faisal Abbas and has run 7 times in all, coming to hand this season and winning in the manner that he has more to give. After getting up late to pip Princess Eliza and score his maiden victory, he gave an even more improved performance last time out to come with a powerful run and get the better of Dance The Dream, both wins coming over this trip and he may not have stopped improving just yet. He looks to be the top of his game at present and both the horses he beat are running on Saturday and should give an indication of the form as both appear to be well fancied. He is up a further 5 kilos but P. Trevor seems to get along with him well and he is another who looks to have an excellent chance to make it 3 wins in a row although this is clearly his toughest task yet.
NOTTING HILL :- Comes from the in form yard of S.K. Sunderji and will be ridden by S. Zervan and he too enters this race fresh off a win in the lower class, his 2nd victory from 10 starts so far. He got the better of Augustus Caesar and Sullivan in a fighting finish clocking a smart time in the process. He looks to need to improve on the bare form but should be able to handle a 4 kilo penalty and is another who comes into consideration in this fascinating event.
CONCLUSION :- With a plethora of in form 4 year olds it becomes extremely difficult to make a selection here but we will take a chance with Cormorant who has won both his races with seemingly a bit to spare and may just be ahead of the handicapper still. Excellent Sorrento looks to be the main danger along with the well handicapped Bhaktawar.
Race No.8 :- The Goodbye Plate – Div. I – Class V – Distance :- 1400M
WE MAKE THE RULES :- 5 year old gelding in the care of Dallas Todywalla who seems to have developed into a consistent place handicapper but finds it hard to win with just 1 previous victory but 9 placed efforts in his 21 starts. He seems to be struggling with this handicap mark at present and has been largely inconsistent this season except for one promising effort which came over 1200M on his penultimate run with today’s rider up when he finished a close 3rd to Xoxo and Cracklin’ Rosie. He ran disappointingly last time out but has been eased in grade again and although looking likely to run into a place, the percentage call is to oppose him from a win perspective.
REGAL SHOT :- Sparingly raced 6 year old gelding from the stable of Karthik G who looks to have come down to a very handy mark and could be an end of season surprise. His only previous win came over this trip and off a mark very close to this one and although he has been out of form in his last several runs, he finished just outside the frame last time out. Bhawani Singh has been booked to ride today and although there is no obvious form to recommend his chances he could be a bolt from the blue and is worth keeping an eye on.
COLOSSEUM :- Lightly raced, well bred and unexposed 4 year old filly who has been given 3 well spaced out runs so far and finished on promisingly to be a close 5th over 1000M on the Derby weekend. She appears to be suited on pedigree by this longer trip and appears to have been judiciously prepared with this event in view. The booking of P. Trevor suggests that connections fancy their chances today and she looks primed to run a very big race and looks a leading contender.
LABURNUM :- Thrice raced 4 year old filly from the stable of Sanjay Kolse who began her racing career only in January and has shown slight improvement in each of her 3 runs without suggesting that she was ready to strike just yet. She finished just outside the frame last time out over a mile when 5th to Fencing and A. Sandesh now returns to ride her replacing R. Ajinkya. She has been working quite well since the last run so looks to have progressed again and if finding some improvement, is capable of being involved in the frame and looks an each way player.
DECCAN KING :- 7 year old gelding from the H.J. Antia yard who has done precious little in his 36 race career and has dropped right down to the bottom of the scales but rewarded connections’ faith in him by scoring a quickfire back to back double inside of the last month. Both his wins came over this trip, scrambling home by a length from Huzzah’s Grace and following it up with another gutsy performance to beat Shivalik Skies and Tianjin Honey. The handicapper has given a chance by still keeping him in the same grade and A.S. Peter claims a valuable 5kilos in the saddle which will offset his recent penalty. He appears to be in great heart at present and stands a very good chance to make it 3 wins on the trot.
TEODOR MONTE :- Another unexposed and untried 4 year old gelding, this 12 race maiden from the Mansoor Shah yard has yet to be seriously tried but has run a couple of suggestive races and today could be the day he is fancied. He finished 3rd to Felix Felicis over 1200M earlier in the season and after a couple of indifferent efforts, looked like coming back to form when making casual progress last time out to be 4th to Antarctica again over 1200M. The additional furlong is unlikely to trouble him, H. Zeeshan retains the ride and he looks a lively contender who could upset from the foot of the weights .
CONCLUSION :- The well bred and lightly raced Colosseum appears to have been well prepared to get off the mark and is the selection with P. Trevor in the saddle. Bottom weighted Teodor Monte and the hattrick seeking Deccan King appear to be the main dangers.
(Disclaimer : Views are entirely that of the correspondent only and RWITC takes no responsibility for the same)