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Palatial wins a non-competitive feature

By: Frankel   January 18 , 2018

Waheed trained Palatial won the 2800 metres Byculla Cub Trophy, a race for horses rated four-year-olds and over, the feature event of Thursday`s evening races. The race was devoid of any competition and such non-competitive races with three or four horses being in the fray have been trending during the season. Such races take away the interest of the race-goers but also cause immense problems to the authorities if the short-priced favourites misfire like last week where Castlebridge suffered a shock defeat.

Trevor had an armchair ride to victory on Palatial. He preferred to keep Palatial in the rear as Square Moon set a slow pace followed by Remember Me. Trevor waited with the favourite till turning for home before he pushed the son of Pivotal to take command. Palatial was not required to exert much to overhaul the front-runner for a win by a widening margin of four lengths. Remember Me was further seven lengths behind in the third position.

There were as many four races for the lowest class races which must be considered unimaginative on the part of the programme planners. The one race which was horses rated 40 to 65 appeared very competitive with more than four horses in the betting. Cerrado was more preferred than the rest. In the event, Altaf Hussain trained Spiridon shaped to bring off the biggest upset of the day but last start winner Aurelia who was at the rear end of the field till turning for home came home with a big effort to get the nod in the closing strides of the race to win at nourishing odds. Gallant Knight who had the initiative going into the final furlong, was relegated to the third position. La Magnifique faded out after giving hopes in the straight.

The 1400 metres Magic Touch Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 1 to 26, had the most mediocre horses that one can assemble. Among the lot of horses, only Jeena had winning experience having won thrice. Galtero was preferred to break the maiden`s ranks but the race saw the six-year-old mare Jeena who held a forward position, establish a good lead in the final furlong and thwarting the bid of Galtero who made a late rally. Bay Of Love took the third position. Solo Mission who came in for spirited betting and Tar Steel who also attracted noticeable support in the ring, was not spotted at the busy end. You can always trust Mansoor Shah`s horses in this category if you are sure the right money has come on his wards. Centaurus was well backed to win the lower division of the race and Centaurus had no problem in storming clear in the final furlong for a decisive win. Lovely Fairy and Kotor occupied the next two slots.

Mansoor Shah had another winner with yet another Class VB race when the well-backed Alyaties skipped away from the opposition with a furlong left in the race to win the 1200 metres Anmol Pretty Plate (Div I). Dolphin was in receipt of strong betting, but the fancied runner was not well positioned to make a difference to the outcome of the rest. The late rally fetched Dolphin only the runner-up position ahead of Adam`s Creation. Time of My Life was also in considerable betting but the five-year-old mare, after being in touch with the front-runners till the final bend, plodded home. Another champion trainer of this category Narendra Lagad had the winner of the lower division of the race through Lilac Time. The five-year-old mare who was given a light ride last time out was ridden out vigorously by Dashrath Singh to neck out the front-runner Isinit close home. Beyond Forces was third.

Shiraz Sunderji trained Sereno had finished 11 out of 12 runners in his last outing but this time out, despite a poor run, was backed to the exclusion of the rest to win the 1000 metres Ferrari Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46 giving the impression that the performance of horses can improve or deteriorate on the mere nod from the connections concerned. Trevor had Sereno dictate the pace from the start and the progeny of Pinson stayed clear of the rest to win easily from late-finishing El Tycoon and Kingston Heath.


Lilac Time (Dashrath Singh up) winner of the Anmol Preet Plate (Div-II)

Palatial (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Byculla Club Trophy

Sereno (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Ferrari Plate

Centaurus (H Zeeshan up) winner of the Magic Touch Plate (Div-II)

Aurelia (Trevor Patel up) winner of the Greater Mumbai Police Trophy

Alyaties (H Zeeshan up) winner of the Anmol Preet Plate (Div-I)

Jeena (S J Sunil up) winner of the Magic Touch Plate (Div-I)

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