Sanjay Kolse trained Allora who was hitting the frame consistently but found the winning post elusive for the last 433 days, found her bearings when she asserted her supremacy in the 1200 metres Kailashpat Singhania Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 to 86, the feature event of Saturday`s Mumbai races held in the evening. Going by the current form of the horses, punters believed that the outcome would be restricted to Chaplin and Summer Rays, but the market fancies ended up fighting for the runner-up berth as Allora ran well above expectations.
Both Chaplin and Summer Rays were well supported to have a decisive say while Allora was available at long odds. Chaplin was not surely an apprentice ride because the apprentice had to come from behind which meant that some leeway would have been conceded to the potential winner. Wild Wire set a fast pace with Flag Flying in the second position ahead of Allora while Chaplin was some lengths adrift along with Summer Rays. Entering the final furlong, Allora in the hands of jockey Sandesh, stretched out well to go storming clear and despite drifting out under pressure, had enough leeway to win with a measure of comfort. Chaplin made his bid from behind, but the writing was clear on the wall that he could only hope to get the second place ahead of Summer Rays. Allora won by a margin of three lengths.
There was a pair of races for maiden races for three-year-olds. Vishal Gaikwad trained Rose Gold who appeared to be well prepared as evidenced by the work-outs shared favouritism with another debutant Quail Hollow who too had impressive preparation to support his claims to win the 1000 metres Lei Plate (Div I). Quail Hollow played up at the gates and it took a lot of effort for the handlers to persuade the joint favourite to enter the gates. Even after jumping out, Quail Hollow had to be goaded continuously to focus on the task. In the meanwhile, Rose Gold who took a handy posey from the outside draw tracked Julio Cesaro and Falconette into the straight and then shook off her rivals with 200 metres left in the race to record an easy win. Quail Hollow picked up momentum when the cause had been lost and could only take the second position ahead of Bernice. The lower division of the race saw Dallas Todywalla trained debutant Frieze backed to the exclusion of the rest. Baymax went on a start to finish mission and had a useful lead going into the final furlong. Frieze had to be ridden out to measure the front-runner and the favourite managed to do so in the closing strides of the race. Stormborn showed no appreciable improvement over his previous effort and ran on to finish third.
There was a rare dead-heat in the1200 metres Volkswagen Radio One Cup, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. On money favourite, Polyneices led from the front and his victory looked a clear possibility when the favourite had a good lead going into the final furlong. Polyneices looked vulnerable when Firewings began to make her bid with a strong effort but the former had the edge till the closing stride of the race. Polyneices and Firewings went past the post locked together and it was difficult to predict who had prevailed by a whisker. The Judge had a hard look at the photo-finish camera print out before announcing a dead-heat for the first place. Royal Classic ran on strongly from behind to come within striking distance of the battling duo and was only a long neck behind the dead-heated pair.
Kamodo Dragon and Isinit had the best chance to pull off an overdue win in the 1200metres Glory of Andhra Plate, a race for horses in the lowest category. Komodo Dragon led the field in earnest with Isinit chasing him into the straight. With a furlong left in the race, Isinit began to assert her supremacy and sped away for an easy win by a margin of over six lengths. Richardus was faraway third.
Jockey Sandesh who enjoyed a good day booting home winners in the day`s 50 percent of the winners, rode a good race to guide Gran Tenton to victory in the 1400 metres Classic Jewel Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Grand Tenton lacked early speed and had considerable leeway to cover but Sandesh managed to find spaces on the inside for a ground-saving effort and produced the progeny of Kingda Ka with a powerful effort which enabled the fancied runner to get the better of Hopeilicious in the final moments of the race. Arrecife who was in serious betting could do no better than finish third.
Isinit (K Nazil up) winner of the Glory Of Andhra Plate
Rose Gold (A Sandesh up) winner of the Lei Plate (Div-I)
Frieze (C S Jodha up) winner of the Lei Plate (Div-II)
Polyneices (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Volkswagen Radio One Cup
Grand Tenton (A Sandesh up) winner of the Classic Jewel Plate