In a field of 13 four-year-old fillies for the grade 1, Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, the feature event of Sunday`s ten-race card, there are half a dozen outstation raiders; two of them–Antibes & Born Queen–pitched in ambitiously by their Bangalore-based trainers Arjun Mangalorkar and Satish Narredu, paying a hefty late entry fee.
Not to be outdone, local champion schooler Pesi Shroff, with already three regular entries in the line up–Arcadia, Fire N Ice & Immortality–also paid the late entry fee to add two more: Alluring Silver and Seasons Greetings.
However, to claim the title of “queen filly”, they all will have to contend with Forest Flame, trained by Suleiman S Attaollahi and to be ridden by P Trevor. Forest Flame had won the first five of her six starts, losing only to Lagarde in the Bangalore Derby more than a month ago. Now well-rested, Forest Flame is expected to resume her winning ways. However, she will have to keep out an eye for the vastly improved Alluring Silver and the unbeaten Born Queen, who will most likely follow her home.
First race at 1.30 pm.Selections:
Thanksgiving Plate – Div I (Class V; 1200m)Streek 1, William Wallace 2, Gusty Girl 3.
Tricumdas Dwarkadas Trophy – Div II (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)Northern Singer 1, Monk 2, Gold Crest 3.
P D Avasia Trophy (Class II; 1000m)Golden Guest 1, Hidden Gold 2, Storm Breaker 3.
R R Byramji Trophy (Class IV; 2400m)Cabo Da Roca 1, Socrates 2, Moriseiki 3.
Tricumdas Dwarkadas Trophy – Div I (For 5y&o, class IV; 1200m)Cipher 1, Oui Suavage 2, Beemer 3.
Ramniwas Ramnarain Ruia Gold Cup – Gr 3 (For 4y&o; 2000m)Lagarde 1, Nisus 2, North Star 3.
Rochester Trophy (For 3y, maidens; 1400m)Kamilah 1, Ahead Of His Time 2, Alfayiz 3.
Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks – Gr 1 (For 4y Fillies; 2400m)Forest Flame 1, Alluring Silver 2, Born Queen 3.
M N Nazir Trophy (Class III; 1200m)Leopard Rock 1, Costa Rica 2, Cellini 3.
Thanksgiving Plate – Div II (Class V; 1200m)Stars For You 1, Who Dares Wins 2, Titanium 3.
RecommendationsBest bet: Lagarde (6-3)Upsets: Little More (1-11), Guranerius (2-2) & Arabian Storm (10-7)
Today`s poolsSuper jackpot pool: 5,6,7,8,9,10Jackpot pool: I – 3,4,5,6,7; II – 6,7,8,9,10Treble pool: I – 2,3,4; II – 4,5,6; III – 8,9,10Tanala pool: All races.