As expected, Dallas Todywalla trained Ahead of My Time was dominant in the 1200 metres Poonawalla Stud Farm Auction Sales Stakes, a terms race for three-year-olds, the feature event of Sunday`s Mumbai races. The full brother to the celebrated Ruffina led from the start and provided an armchair ride to victory for jockey Suraj Narredu who was not required to be aggressive on the favourite while containing the challenge of debutant Thunberg.
Ahead of My Time had failed to deliver the goods in the Poonawalla Breeders` Multi-Million, after a promising debut win. He had run a fair third in a competitive field as those who finished ahead of him had shown further improvement in their next run. Ahead of My Time was quoted at cramped odds to oblige expectations this time out. Suraj had no hesitation in taking Ahead of My Time who enjoyed a soft lead and then spurted clear when Thunberg came to challenge him in the final furlong. The latter showed out while finishing second and should be seen in a different light for the experience of this run. Coeur De Lion was a poor third.
The power-packed riding of Trevor Patel helped Sultan Suleiman nail Caprisca on the post in the 2000 metres Amazing Mauritius Cup, a race for horses rated 80 and above. Caprisca who is a prolific runner seen in action every fortnight and was bidding to win after more than three years wait. Things seemed to be falling in place when Caprisca enjoyed a healthy lead going into the final furlong but Sultan Suleiman put in a determined effort to get the better of the front-runner in the closing strides of the race. Stamina is the forte of Caprisca and as such, the front-running tactics by the jockey can come off provided the jockey has the experience for such an attempt. Anthony Raj who is getting opportunities recently at all centres in India rode a good race but was not able to do that bit extra that was required to convert a narrow defeat into victory. Truly Epic who raced in the third position closed in with a rush but could only end up a close third. Despite the presence of only three horses in the fray, the race had its share of excitement and competitiveness.
Apprentice jockey Kritish Bhagat who gets to ride top horses from the stables of Pesi Shroff showed how to make things difficult of an easy task when guiding Chamonix to a narrow win over Aah Bella in the 1600 metres Daddy Adenwala Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Kritish got aggressive only in the final furlong which resulted in the favourite having to cover considerable leeway. The fact that the hat-trick seeking Chamonix was superior to the field is what enabled the filly to get the better of Aah Bella in the waning yards of the race. Aries was third some distance away.
Nazak Chenoy trained Liam who had finished a faraway second behind Supernatural in his last start had it easy in the 1400 metres Satinello Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Fortunate Son came in for big support on the basis of the last forward run but the favourite who had the lead till going to the final furlong was found lacking when Liam swooped on him with a powerful run. In the hands of jockey Trevor Patel, Liam drew clear to win as he pleased. Venus ran on to take the third position.
Flash Force who was beaten close to home on the last occasion, was backed with conviction to win the 1200 metres Stunning Plate (Div II), a race for horses in the lowest category. The Antia trainee had no problem in obliging expectations. After tracking Tristar well into the straight, Flash Force left his rival standing to win with a great deal of ease. Silver Steps ran on late to edge out Cipher for the third position. Sangram Singh Joshi trained Spiritual Rock had run on late after lethargic beginnings to figure on the board. This time out, Spiritual Rock took a brisk start, was always well positioned and got a smooth run along the rails and established a winning lead in the final furlong which held him in good stead. Myrcella and Between Friends closed with a rush but the front-runner held on to win at nourishing odds. Baku who led till overhauled by the eventual winner was a close fourth. From a handy third position at the final bend, fancied Arabian Phoenix moved with raking strides in the stretch to have a commanding lead by the furlong and won the lower division of the race with a great deal of ease in the hands of apprentice jockey Prakash. Chancellor came up with a late rally to edge out She Is On Fire to get the runner up berth.
Imtiaz Sait trained Letto showed phenomenal improvement when easily staving off the challenge of favourite Irrepressible in the 2000 metres Osman Chotani Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. Letto burst through the pack inside the final furlong in the hands of jockey Anthony Raj and collared the front-running Irrepressible to win capably. Irrepressible was second with last start winner The Flutist making a good rally to save place money.