Moonlight Romance tipped to win

It wont be a walk in the park for the Richard Hughes-ridden filly in the 10-horse race

The ten-horse Derby, to be run over a distance of 2000 metres, wears a fairly open look. The favourite is CD Katrak-trained Moonlight Romance. Richard Hughes -- the jockey who had huge success with Jacqueline -- has been specially flown in for the race and, given his credentials, has a very good chance of taking home the coveted title.

The filly from Mumbai is the winner of the Juvenile Fillies Championship and finished behind Siachen in the Fillies Trial Stakes after being bogged down in traffic. She is sure to put on a good show after experiencing track conditions at the BTC for the first time.

The horse that is most likely to give Moonlight Romance a close run is Sun Kingdom, trained by Irfan Ghatala. The winner of the Juvenile Million and the Colts Trials Stakes is the only unbeaten horse in the field, and the big question is whether Suraj Narredu can ride himself to his first Derby win.

Suraj’s father, Satish, a former jockey and now a trainer who narrowly missed out on a win with Sprint Star in the HDIL BTC Anniversary Cup on Saturday, is keen to see his son take home an elusive Derby win. “I’m hoping for a victory. Hopefully, Suraj will ride him well and come up trumps.” 

Late-entry Immense is capable of pulling off victory. Trainer Arjun Mangalorkar was confident of a good showing from his colt. “I’ve paid a lot of money to get him into the race and I’m confident he can pull off a win. The distance is not going to be a problem and with JG Sampson on board, he is quite capable of a victory.”

The Leader, also to be ridden by a jockey flown in for the Derby in Daniel Grant, is another potential winner. The Hyderabad-based horse has been successful on his home turf with a couple of victories and finished second in the Poonawalla Multimillion in Mumbai.

Generally, Pesi Shroff’s horses are right up there in the running for the top prize, Jacqueline being the best example. But with Eloise, to be ridden by B Prakash, and Christopher Alford-steered Xisca hardly putting up a display of note in the season so far, the odds of either of them impressing are very thin.

The other outside bets include Ordained One (A Imran Khan up), Imran Chisty-ridden Moon Star, Mallesh Narredu-steered Vijay Monarch and Prithviraj-trained Foreign Exchange.

There will also be prizes up for grabs for the public. A correct predicting of the top-four of the Kingfisher Derby could land a brand new Chevrolet Beat car. TVS bikes are also on offer along with an Acer Laptop and Titan wrist watches.

The card

1. SN Harish Memorial Trophy (terms) -- 1400m: 12.30 pm
1. Sky Marshal (A Mangalorkar)    56    R Hughes    3
2. Born To Fly (D Byramji)    56    C Alford    5
3. Saddle Chief (Dhariwal)    56    R Marshall    6
4. Scarlet Knght (Ganapathy)    56    Md Shoaib    2
5. Senor Speedy (S Attaollahi)    56    JG Sampson    8
6. Aviant (S Narredu)    54.5    Gaurav Sapra    7
7. Kirtling (Padmanabhan)    54.5    Suraj Narredu    1
8. Spark Of Sapphire (Prasanna K)    54.5    R Rupesh    4
         
Sky Marshal 1; Senor Speedy 2; Spark Of Sapphire 3.
2. mysore cup (div ii) (rated 20-45) -- 1400M: 1.00 pm
1. Sun Control (I Ghatala)    62.5    R Hughes    9
2. Leading Lady (Lokanath)    58.5    G Adarsh    2
3. Royal Surprise (Amit Caddy)    57    L Stephane    3
4. Badda Rupaiyya (Sharat K)    54.5    Noorulla    6
5. Iwana Dance (Warren S)    54    Gautam Raj    7
6. Amber Star (JS Pillay)    53.5    Merchant    5
7. Brianna (S Abbas)    53    Ashhad Asbar    1
8. Atomic Queen (Inayathulla)    50.5    J Pradeep    8
9. Queens Colour (Sharat K)    50.5    Gaurav Sapra    1

Sun Control 1; Atomic Queen 2; Leading Lady 3.
3. mysore cup (div i) (rated 20-45) -- 1400M: 1.35 pm              
1. Sky Diver (A Mangalorkar)    62.5    R Hughes    6
2. Valahak (Prasanna K)    62.5    R Rupesh    8
3. Supremacy (S Attaollahi)    60.5    S Zervan    1
4. Royal Legend (Amit Caddy)    58.5    L Stephane    2
5. Foswell (Dhariwal)    57.5    PS Chouhan    5
6. Ice Mint (Sharat K)    55.5    S John    3
7. Cindy Girl (Warren S)    55.5    P Mani    4
8. Vernostonus (Lokanath)    54.5    B Sreekanth    7 
   
Valahak 1; Supremacy 2; Sky Diver 3.
4. hyderabad cup (terms) -- 1200M: 2.10 pm
1. Magisterial (Ganapathy)    56    A Imran K    4
2. Ocean Prince (S Narredu)    56    Gaurav Sapra    1
3. Gold Tern (Prithviraj)    56    PS Chouhan    2
4. Bottom Burst (D Byramji)    54.5    Md Shafiq    6
5. Dance To The Tune (Lokanath)    54.5    I Chisty    3
6. Con Artiste (Padmanabhan)    54.5    Daniel Grant    7
7. Spark Of Desire (Prasanna K)    54.5    R Rupesh    8
8. Wyndham (S Attaollahi)    54.5    S Zervan    5     
         
Con Artiste 1; Magisterial 2; Spark Of Desire 3.
5. CHENNAI CUP (rated 40-65) -- 1200M: 2.45 pm
1. Virtuoso (Tharun T)    62    K Chethana    10
2. The Contender (Sharat K)    61.5    Shoban Babu    12
3. Gift Of Love (Dominic)    59    Harish    7
4. Sky Train (A Mangalorkar)    58.5    R Hughes    6
5. Indian Bolt (Inayathulla)    57    J Pradeep    9
6. Batista (Shroff)    56.5    S Zervan    5
7. Aloisia (S Abbas)    56.5    Ashhad Asbar    1
8. Oceanic Wind (Nityanand)    56    Vivek    2
9. Arya Veer (Laxman S)    55    R Rupesh    4
10. Mystic Dawn (Ganapathy)    54.5    Md Shoaib    11
11. Skyliner (Dhariwal)    54.5    JG Sampson    8
12. Balas Glory (Prithviraj)    53.5    PS Chouhan    3

Sky Train 1; Skyliner 2; Arya Veer 3.
6. kolkata cup (rated 80 & above) -- 1800M: 3.20 pm
1. Youre So Beautiful (Neil Darashah)    61    Suraj Narredu    8
2. Highland Crown (CD Katrak)    60    I Chisty    5
3. Mother’s Pride (D Byramji)    60    B Prakash    3
4. Sans Pareil (S Attaollahi)    59    R Marshall    1
5. Blast In Class (CVGK Kishore)    58.5    S John    7
6. Blink (Britto)    57.5    M Narredu    2
7. Lock And Load (I Ghatala)    53.5    PS Chouhan    9
8. Scimitar (Md A Abbas)    52    S Zervan    6
9. Topkapi (Padmanabhan)    50.5    Ashhad Asbar    4     
                  
Topkapi 1; Youre So Beautiful 2; Sans Pareil 3.
7. mumbai cup (rated 60-85) -- 1400M: 3.55 pm
1. Desert Rule (Byramji)    62    M Narredu    3
2. Tanazanite (I Ghatala)    58.5    B Prakash    10
3. Polish Patriot (Padmanabhan)    58    Suraj Narredu    6
4. Marcegalia (Dhariwal)    57.5    Deep Shanker    5
5. Distinctly Ahead (Byramji)    57    B Sreekanth    2
6. Fantabulous Prince (Sharat K)    54.5    S John    8
7. What A Friend (Sharat K)    54    Mallikarjun    9
8. Spark Of Reverence (Prasanna K)    53.5    Ashhad Asbar    7
9. The Senator (Mahesh)    53    R Marshall    1
10. Eagle Claws (Prithviraj)    51.5    I Chisty    11
11. Love Conquers All (Dominic)    51    PS Chouhan    12
12. Aprilia (Dhariwal)    51    S Zervan    4
                
Eagle Claws 1; Polish Patriot 2; Love Conquers All 3.
8. kingfisher derby bangalore (grade i) (terms) -- 2000M: 4.30 pm
1. Immense (A Mangalorkar)    56    JG Sampson    7
2. Vijay Monarch (Deshmukh)    56    M Narredu    6
3. Ordained One (Ganapathy)    56    A Imran K    5
4. Sun Kingdom (I Ghatala)    56    Suraj Narredu    2
5. Moon Star (CD Katrak)    56    I Chisty    1
6. Foreign Exchange (Prithviraj)    56    PS Chouhan    9
7. The Leader (S Abbas)    56    Daniel Grant    3
8. Moonlight Romance (CD Katrak)    54.5    R Hughes    10
9. Eloise (Shroff)    54.5    B Prakash    8
10. Xisca (Shroff)    54.5    C Alford    4         
 Moonlight Romance 1; Sun Kingdom 2; Immense 3.
9. delhi cup (div i) (rated 20-45) -- 1600M:  5.10 pm
1. Misty Moonlight (Ganapathy)    62.5    D Patel    9
2. Party Tonite (I Ghatala)    62.5    S Selvaraj    8
3. Hampton Court (Warren S)    62    Harish    11
4. Kickingking (Lokanath)    62    Suraj Narredu    3
5. Sound Bet (Amit Caddy)    62    L Stephane    5
6. Mystic Star (Puttanna)    61.5    J Pradeep    6
7. Devil Grandma (JS Pillay)    61.5    Merchant    7
8. Sher Dil (Md Khan)    60.5    S Zervan    2
9. Southern King (Sharat K)    58    S John    12
10. Yes We Can (Prithviraj)    58    I Chisty    1
11. My Musketeer (Neil Darashah)    55.5    B Sreekanth    10
12. Act Of Duty (Dhariwal)    55    PS Chouhan    4
                  
Kickingking 1; Hampton Court 2; Southern King 3.
10.delhi cup (div ii) (rated 20-45) -- 1600M: 5.50 pm
1. South Paradise (Inayathulla)    60.5    Vivek    10
2. Cash Is King (Amit Caddy)    59.5    L Stephane    1
3. Spark Of Oldenburg (Prasanna K)    59.5    S John    6
4. True Impression (Mahesh)    59.5    Suraj Narredu    4
5. Tirolino (Britto)    57    Harish    11
6. Sunny Connexion (Warren S)    54.5    C Alford    5
7. Star News (Puttanna)    53.5    Ashok Kumar    2
8. Pearl Of Bangalore (Prithviraj)    53.5    Md Shafiq    8
9. Persian Princess (Neil Darashah)    53.5    JG Sampson    12
10. The Gordian Knot (Dhariwal)    53    Vinod Shinde    7
11. Yes I Can (JS Pillay)    52.5    Merchant    9
12. Mister Trooper (Sharat K)    50.5    Gaurav Sapra    1
                
True Impression 1; Cash Is King 2; Tirolino 3.

Day’s Best: Sun Control.
Double: Con Artiste and True Impression.
Jackpot: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I mini-jackpot: 2, 4, 6, 8. II mini-jackpot: 3, 5, 7, 9.  I treble: 4, 5, 6. II treble:  8, 9, 10. Exacta pool: 5, 7, 9, 10.

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