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Watchmyscript too good in Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes

By: Frankel   October 6 , 2018

Irfan Ghatala trained Watchmyscript who was favoured by the terms of the race had no problem in swamping the opposition in the Gr 3 Threptin Fillies` & Mares` Stakes, a terms race for three-year-olds and over, the feature event of Saturday`s Pune races. Lady In Lace who was set to concede 10 kgs to most of her rivals found the task daunting and went down tamely though she did manage to save the second position narrowly.

Lady In Lace had won the Pune Derby in splendid fashion last year. Lady In Lace then went on to add a few more classics to her kitty. However, her present form indicated that she was tapering off and even though she was taking on handicap performers the fact that she was giving too much of weight to her adversaries was bound to be her undoing. After Zanara set the pace till entering the straight, Trevor brought Lady In Lace into the reckoning. However, the champion filly faltered the moment Watchmyscript showed up on her outside. Sandesh had only to guide his horse hands and heels to draw clear of the field. Lady In Lace just about thwarted the bid of Auburn for the second place. The terms of the race were too harsh on Lady In Lace and such races are bound to favour the ones at the bottom of the scale.

Pesi Shroff trained Valegro had the benefit of a forward run and looked good enough for the opposition in the 1400 metres Pune Cantonment Board Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Jockey Zervan brought Valegro into contention only on turning for home and the progeny of Candford Cliffs covered the leeway on the front-running Pulverize with a minimum of fuss and then stormed clear in the closing stages of the race to win by a widening margin of three lengths. Rogue One ran on to take the third position.

Shiraz Sunderji trained Kilkarry Bridge was driven out strongly by jockey C S Jodha to contain the challenge of Timeless Deeds in the 1200 metres Dakshin Maharashtra Sub-Area Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. From a prominent position, Kilkarry Bridge broke clear in the straight but towards the closing stages of the race, was under pressure to retain the lead as Timeless Deeds closed with a rush. However, the winning post came too soon for the latter. Queens Best was third. Xoxo ran a very disappointing race.

Hoshidar Daji trained Aurora Australis had recorded an impressive win last time out and a repeat win was very much on cards in the 1400 metres Capriole Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 4 to 30. However, the one-sided betting on Mansoor Shah trained Kalina saw the odds drift out on the last start winner. In the event, Kalina had the first run on her opponent but when Aurora Australis made her bid in the final furlong, the front-runner failed to find anything extra and surrendered meekly. Bakhtawar took the third position while Navigator who did the early running, weakened to finish fourth. M K Jadhav trained Aquarius showed amazing improvement in the lower division of the race when leaving the opposition stranded. The well supported Aquarius won by a widening margin of six lengths over Smokey Haze and Deccan King. The form is something that is difficult to understand in this category of races as the merit is always well disguised and such authoritative wins should be attributed to this factor. Jigar who came in for big support, was nowhere to be sighted.

After her impressive second last time out, Joplin was considered too good for the field in the fray for the 1000 metres K Raghunath Plate, a race for maiden three-year-olds. After owner-mate Whitewalker set the pace and weakened in the straight, Joplin moved up on tight reins and overhauled the front-runner with a minimum of fuss to win the race by a margin of five lengths without having to be extended. Highlight Empress displaced the pace-setter from the second position.

Flag Flying proved no match for Triple Threat in the 1200 metres Kejriwal Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 65. These two horses cornered all the betting in the ring. After Flag Flying enjoyed her moment in front, jockey P S Chouhan got busy on Triple Threat in the final furlong. The latter covered the leeway without much exertion and then stormed clear to win with a great deal of ease. Frieze was third ahead of a poorly ridden Wise Child.


Joplin (P S Chouhan up) winner of the K Raghunath Plate

Triple Threat (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Kejriwal Trophy

Aquarius (C S Jodha up) winner of the Capriole Plate (Div-II)

Watchmyscript (A Sandesh up) winner of the Threptin Fillies` & Mares` Stakes (Gr.3)

Valegro (S Zervan up) winner of the Pune Cantonment Board Trophy

Kilkarry Bridge (C S Jodha up) winner of the Dakshin Maharashtra Sub-Area Trophy

Aurora Australis (Amyn Merchant up) winner of the Capriole Plate (Div-I)

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