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The Horse's Connections Speak on Their Wards for the Indian 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Gr. 1

It is that time of the year again. The running of the first two Indian classics will take place this weekend at the Mahalakshmi racecourse in Mumbai.

Chaiti Narula | News18 Sports

Updated:December 14, 2017, 11:20 AM IST
The Horse's Connections Speak on Their Wards for the Indian 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Gr. 1
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It is that time of the year again. The running of the first two Indian classics will take place this weekend at the Mahalakshmi racecourse in Mumbai.

The Spartan Poker Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr 1 followed by the Jacqueline Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr 1 run over a distance of 1600 metres or a mile.

The Spartan Poker Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr 1

A bit of horse sense and one would know Ruffina, Lady in Lace and Manifold are the three fillies to watch out for in the Indian 1000 Guineas this year. While it is not a race where favorites often win, one could expect an upset!

The connections are all geared up and we are picking up some whispers straight from the horse’s connections.

Cyrus Poonawalla, a proud owner of Ruffina who is the highest rated contender in the field makes quite a statement. “Ruffina is the only unbeaten filly in the field. She is well and we hope that she will continue her unbeaten streak on Saturday in the 1000 Guineas,” Poonawalla is sure confident.

Trained by Dallas Todywalla looks like there will be very little that can go wrong with this well trained short priced filly. “I think the 1000 Guineas is definitely a three way battle between Ruffina, Lady in Lace and Manifold! May the best horse win!” marks Dallas.

You can’t ignore Pesi Shroff’s yard ever when it comes to the classics. Manifold sired by Multidimensional and Windsor Forest sired by Phoenix Tower… two extremely well bred and fillies will be running in the first classic of the season. Shroff, usually a man of very few words believes both his wards are well and stand a fighting chance. “The 2 fillies we have to take on are Ruffina and Lady in Lace who have won their respective lead ups in good style,” marks Pesi.

The ‘Lady in Lace’ sure seduces punters and the connections! From the Shapoor Mistry camp, the trainer fears Shroff’s Manifold and not Ruffina. Prasad Raju stands to be very confident of the long straight and feels she will be right there. “My filly has taken the travel well and the long straight should suit my filly. My opponent I feel is Manifold,” says Prasad Raju.

The Jacqueline Indian 2000 Guineas, Gr 1

The second classic sure seems to be a face-off between the highest rated colt in the field URBB’s Castlebridge and Jaydev Mody’s Mygrator.

Record breaking trainer Malesh Narredu is sure confident of his ward Mygrator but inevitably fears the Castlebridge ahead of the race. He still hopes against hope for a surprise on the upside for him past the post. “In the 2000 Guineas, I have Mygrator who is a winner of 4 races in a row and has recently finished second to Ruffina. The horse everyone has to beat is Castlebridge who has a fantastic record and his preparatory win on the Mumbai track was very impressive. I still hope Mygrator surprises me.”

Castlebridge will be hard to ignore here by every contender in the field. The Mysore Guineas and Bangalore Colt’s Trial winner trained by Bharat Singh is touted to be the best in the current contention. Will the classic be a walk in the park then for the Burden of Proof sired colt? Zeyn Mirza, URBB sounds extremely confident. He says the colt is well and ready for the big race. “Castlebridge is very well and has won his lead-up race 3 weeks ago with a measure of ease. Besides being the highest rated colt in the field, he will be taking on almost the same opponents in the 2000 Guineas. He is a multi-Classic winner including the Mysore Derby over ten furlongs where he shattered the track record by over 2 seconds,” says Zeyn.

He also feels his biggest opponent is Perfect Star from Karthik Ganpathy’s yard and Pure Zinc from Adhiraj Singh Jodha’s yard who will fight for the minor placing. Trainer Bharat Singh feels his ward is working well and looking good. “He won his prep race well and I feel the other colts from Bombay are quite evenly matched as well” says Singh.

Trainer Adhiraj Singh Jodha agrees with Zeyn. He feels Pure Zinc ran a fair race in the Morvi which was run over seven furlongs. “1400 metres was a bit sharp for my ward. He will be better suited racing over a distance of a mile. Castlebridge was right there and it will be difficult to beat him but we will try our level best.”

International jockeys this weekend at the RWITC

Trainer Pesi Shroff has brought down David Probert from the UK. The 29 year old jockey is licensed by British Horse Racing with riding weight 55 kgs. Also in the fray is David Allan from BHA riding with weight 54.5 kgs and Colm ‘O Donoghue from Ireland with riding weight of 54 kgs. These international jockeys will be donning the silks this weekend apart from the top Indian jockeys like Sandesh, Trevor Patel, Suraj Narredu, Y S Srinath and Zervan.

Apart from all the racing action, the RWITC has stepped up its efforts in the first enclosure for the racing patrons who they believe are their backbone.

Well it’s time to don those perfect top hats, pull out the fascinators and head to the ‘classic weekend’ at the Royal Western India turf Club where the best will be competing with the best for thorough thoroughbred supremacy! And as their campaign goes – if you never go, you will never know!
| Edited by: Baidurjo Bhose
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