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Fleur De Lys too good in Mayor`s Trophy

By: Frankel   January 2 , 2020

Imtiaz Sait trained Fleur De Lys whose last few runs had been lacklustre left the poor run behind and recorded a comfortable win in the 2000 metres Mayor`s Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66, the feature event of Thursday`s Mumbai races. Pesi Shroff trained Notoriety failed to make the expected progress and was a disappointing second.

Notoriety who had run a suggestive second behind stablemate See The Dream was made the strong favourite to win the feature event. Fleur De Lys was next in demand in the betting ring being quoted at nourishing odds though her last run was far from being suggestive of a strong performance. Jockey C S Jodha had Fleur De Lys in front and the five-year-old mare enjoyed the uncontested lead which she maintained without coming under pressure right up to the winning post. In the stretch, jockey Leigh Roche went all out on the favourite but the response from the favourite was disappointing. Fleur De Lys won by a comfortable margin of two lengths. Notoriety held off Gdansk to retain the runner-up berth.

The three-year-old daughter of multi-classic winning Jacqueline, Nicollini who was running after a listless debut 165 days ago at Bangalore duly obliged as a strong favourite in the 1600 metres White Metal Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. After Thunderclap led the field and weakened, Nicollini who was handily placed got a nice opening along the rials and shot ahead inside the final 300 metres and had no problem in keeping the lead. Arrecife who came up with a late bid managed to nose out Athulya to get the runner-up berth. Free Gold was baulked for an opening in the stretch and thereafter, she showed no inclination to raise a fluent gallop.

Pesi Shroff trained Barack who had the benefit of two forward runs at Pune was made the firm favourite to win the 1200 metres Democraticus Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. The progeny of Multidimensional had no problem in living up to expectations. After tracking owner mate Bunting into the stretch, Barack took over the running and skipped clear in the hands of jockey Leigh Roche to win with a measure of comfort from last start winner Ebony who made a good rally but found the favourite too good for comfort. Dazzling Star showed promise in the stretch but lacked the class to make an impact on the result. The five-year-old was winning after a gap of 385 days.

The 1400 metres Clinton Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46, proved to be unreliable with long shot Classicus upsetting the field in the hands of jockey Bhawani Singh. Faisal Abbas trained Agrami was the betting rage, but the favourite though handily placed never raised a fluent gallop in the straight and faded out of contention well before the final furlong. Classicus showed up on the wide outside with a powerful run and stormed past the front-running Laburnum to record a comfortable win after a longish wait of 1037 days. Power of Thor edged out Laburnum to get the runner-up berth.

Shiraz Sunderji trained Monarchos made a winning debut in the 1200 metres M D Mehta Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Malesh Narredu schooled California who was subjected to extensive workouts was the firm favourite ahead of the rest. Monarchos who is a half brother to the highly regard Alexei was kept in a handy second position behind favourite California who showed tremendous speed from the gates to lead comfortably ahead. Inside the final furlong, Monarchos began to inch closer and after a brief battle for supremacy, the progeny of Phoenix Tower asserted his supremacy to record an easy win in the hands of jockey C S Jodha. Isle of Skye ran on to finish third.

The 1200 metres Spinoza Plate (Div I), a race for horses in the lowest category looked like a minefield though Himmat Singh trained Sandalphon promised much on the strength of his noteworthy second behind Eternal Dancer. Sandalphon was also the favourite though one doesn`t know when the trainer last won his race. For the record, Sandalphon was a maiden in 15 starts. In the event, Sandalphon was never in the hunt and finished poorly. Long shot Grand Architect from the stables of trainer Bezan Chenoy who shot ahead along the rails inside the final furlong, had enough cushion to see off the threat of late rallying Shapath who had to cover too much of leeway on the eventual winner. American Odyssey who raced with the front-bunch stayed on to take the third position. Nazak B Chenoy trained Maestro survived by the skin of his teeth to win the lower division of the race from late-finishing Office In Command. Maestro moved swiftly from the wide outside draw and shot ahead. Maestro had a good lead going into the final furlong when Office In Command began to make his from way off the pace. Office In Command finished with a rush only to find the front-runner escape to victory by the shortest of margins in the hands of jockey Neeraj Rawal. Cray Cray who was in touch with the front-runner till the final furlong failed to change gears as it were and weakened to finish third.


Nicollini (Leigh Roche up) winner of the White Metal Plate

Fleur De Lys (C S Jodha up) winner of the Mayor`S Trophy

Grand Architect (M Ayyar up) winner of the Spinoza Plate (Div-I)

Barack (Leigh Roche up) winner of the Democraticus Plate

Classicus (Bhawani Singh up) winner of the Clinton Plate

Monarchos (C S Jodha up) winner of the M D Mehta Trophy

Maestro (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Spinoza Plate (Div-II)

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