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Sea The Dream prevails in Fourth Estate Trophy

By: Frankel   October 5 , 2019

Pesi Shroff trained Sea The Dream prevailed in the 1800 metres Fourth Estate Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds, which commanded interest if only because of the presence of the fashionably bred horse, possibly rated as the most expensive horse among her contemporaries. The Saturday`s Pune races were gone through in murky conditions and the quality of fare on offer was run of the mill with Neeraj Rawal booting home a treble.

Sea The Dream is by the European Horse of the Year Sea The Stars and the dam of the filly would surely have been an expensive purchase at the pregnant mares sales. Hence Sea The Dream would have commanded a premium but for the fact that the horse is retained by her breeders. Sea The Dream had a lacklustre outing during the Bangalore Summer Season and was taking on three other stablemates along with Brilliant Gold who seemed to be the only bonafide challenger left in the fray. Brilliant Gold led from the start with Sea The Dream in the chase with the others spaced out behind. In the stretch, Sea The Dream took a long while before getting the better of Brilliant Gold before storming clear. Rather Tippy was faraway third. One cannot read much into the performance of Sea The Dream but the got-abroad filly is bound to show improvement over longer trips during the Mumbai racing season.

Altamash Ahmed trained August Caesar who had failed as a favourite made amends in the 1400 metres D N Jodge Plate, a race for horses rated 50 to 86. August Caesar who once again enjoyed the confidence of the punters was taken on a start to finish mission by jockey Neeraj Rawal and the favourite stayed put there to win with a measure of comfort from last start winner Flying Visit who made a valiant bid but failed. Beshiktash could not make much impression in the stretch and faded out to be a tame third.

The well supported Gdansk from the stables of trainer Waheed obliged huge expectations by winning the 2000 metres Pune Cantonment Board Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Last start runaway winner Brazos was expected to give yet another winning performance but the favourite was a beaten cause well before the race came to the boil. Fanfare did the front-running before being displaced from that position in the stretch by Gdansk who spurted clear and held off a determined effort from Gold Medallist in the hands of jockey Neeraj Rawal who thus recorded his third winner of the day. Mishka`s Pride rallied well in the straight but could only achieve the third position ahead of the long-time leader Fanfare.

Narendra Lagad trained En Sabah Nour had twice found one better but this time out looked to have an outstanding chance to win n the 1200 metres Dakshin Maharashtra & Goa Sub-Area Trophy, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Polyneices who too was well prepared for a touch had more takers than En Sabah Nur. Last start winner Pleiades led aggressively in front with En Sabah Nur in about the fifth position ahead of Polyneices. En Sabah Nour made significant progress in the stretch and got the better of Pleiades and surged ahead in the final furlong with Polyneices in hot chase. However, the Lagad trainee had enough cushion to win the race by a shade less than a length. Pleiades stayed on to take the third position ahead of Godsword who is slowing showing signs of bouncing back to winning form.

Noshir Cama trained Lorraine showed good improvement to record an encore in splendid fashion in the 1600 metres Aquamarine Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Lorraine and Golden Hind who was running after a gap of 271 days and coming back to a trip where he had recorded back to back wins were the ones in serious betting. Fleur De Lys set a good pace before weakening at the top of the straight. Golden Hind who was in about the fifth position approaching the final bend, made rapid strides to take charge from the pace-setter but he could not sustain the lead as Lorraine who had better fitness pounced on the fancied runner and skipped away to win by a widening margin of five lengths. Bakhtawar ran on strongly in the stretch to neck out Golden Hind to clinch the second position.

Punters who dared to back it big in the 1200 metres Capriole Plate (Div I), a race for horses in the lowest category had disaster awaiting them as the heavily backed American Odyssey from the stables of trainer Dallas Todywalla failed to take a good jump and apprentice jockey Vinod appeared to have some problem and dropped back to the last position. Apprentice jockey Prakash who brought long shot Verdandi into strong contention in the final furlong managed to get his horse to prevail over Isinit by a whisker. Adams Beginning was third. The well-bred American Odyssey who was backed down from a higher quote as if her defat was out of the question was a goner within the first furlong. The race had the look of minefield besides being reserved for apprentice jockeys who were to ride without whips. Ironically, the day`s biggest betting also came in this race! The lower division of the Capriole Plate looked like a minefield with most contestants being quoted at big odds. Allegria who was one of the horses in the betting chased Bohemian well into the straight before asserting her supremacy in the final furlong to win by a comfortable margin of three lengths. Psychic Fire nosed out Maestro to save place money. Jockey Malam Singh on Theobroma had a bad fall during the season and was shifted to the hospital and reported to be under observation.


Allegria (A Prakash up) winner of the Capriole Plate (Div-II)

Sea The Dream (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Fourth Estate Trophy

Augustus Caesar (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the D N Zodge Plate

Gdansk (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Pune Cantonment Board Trophy

En Sabah Nur (C S Jodha up) winner of the Dakshin Maharashtra & Goa Sub-Area Trophy

Lorraine (Yash Narredu up) winner of the Aquamarine Plate

Verdandi (A Prakash up) winner of the Capriole Plate (Div-I)

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