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Juliette records comprehensive win

By: Frankel   December 20 , 2020

Karthik Ganapathy trained Juliette lived up to the top billing with a comprehensive win in the Gr 1800 metres Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Trophy, a terms race for three-year-olds and over, the feature event of Sunday`s Mumbai races. Juliette had things her way as Trouvaille who was expected to be in the thick of things looked far from ready and was the first horse to get beat when the race came to a boil.

Juliette had improved after a miserable performance in the Indian Derby by finishing an eye-catching second in the Indian Turf Invitation Cup to Adjudicate at Mysore. Juliette was then kept at Bangalore for the summer season which did not take off due to the Pandemic. But she was in regular work and then was shifted back to her home centre once the cancellation of the season was announced. She appeared to have put on a lot of combination and looked spot-on for the race which could be the reason why she received one-sided support in the betting. Trouvaille lost supporters with the unheralded Wizard of Stocks becoming the second favourite.

Vulcan set a good clip followed by Auburn, Trouvaille, Juliette and the rest. Vulcan held the lead going into the final 300 metres. Sandesh got busy on Juliette at this point and the four-year-old filly accelerated well to go storming clear and then easily held off the late rallying Wizard of Stocks. Vulcan stayed on to take the third position. Trouvaille who was not in his elements weakened under pressure and finished a tame sixth. Juliette seems to have progressed well and should have a strong say in the age-group races during the rest of the season.

Dallas Todywalla trained Mount Moriah produced a powerful run down the final furlong to overwhelm the front-running, Sunrise Ruby, to land the spoils in the 1400 metres Edgar Desylva Trophy, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Joaquin who had recorded back-to-back wins at Mumbai last season was made the favourite to complete a hat-trick but the favourite, after being prominent till entering the straight, disappeared without a trace to finish a dismal last. Sunrise Ruby who led from the start held the lead deep into the straight before Trevor Patel`s aggressive riding ensured that Mount Mariah god the nod close home. Questina tried hard for an encore but was found inadequate and the filly had to be content with the third slot.

Altaf Hussain trained El Capitan had been a noteworthy second behind Golden Oaks in his debut outing but subsequently lost as a favourite as the start was given when he was playing up causing him to lose considerable ground. Backed strongly to make amends, El Capitan had to engage the front-running Aegon in a stiff battle for supremacy before pinching the verdict in the closing strides of the race. Rays of Sun was third ahead of the fancied Pepper and favourite Defiance who failed to justify the expectation with a timid debut.

Seasons Greetings was another favourite to flop during the course of the day`s proceedings. Seasons Greeting who was withdrawn at the gates last time out because of her tantrums was backed spiritedly to make a winning debut but the filly never struck any rhythm and was a beaten cause well before the race came to a boil. After racing a handy second behind Clark Kent till the final turn, Sky Fall was pushed to take over the running. Under a vigorous effort by jockey Trevor who scored four winners during the course of the day`s action, Sky Fall went on to win with a measure of comfort from Pense`e and last start winner Spring Grove. Favourite Monarchos performed poorly and was a well-beaten fourth.

Pesi Shroff trained Parisian had won back-to-back during the last Mumbai season. The filly was the betting rage in the 2000 metres Clinton Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Parisian looked a cut above the race as she stormed ahead in the final furlong to win by a widening margin of five lengths over Notoriety and provided Trevor with an arm-chair ride to victory. Galloping Goldmine ran on to finish third.

Another Pesi Shroff trained Immortality who had finished way down the field in her last outing during the previous Mumbai season justified the expectations of a turn around based on her preparation and the performance in the mock in the 1600 metres Maseeha Plate. Immortality pounced on the front-runners with a furlong left in the race and stormed clear to win easily in the hands of jockey Pradeep Chouhan. Black Cherry was second ahead of Roaring Tiger. White River who attracted big support performed way below par.

In a race which looked like a minefield, Adhirajsingh Jodha trained Retained Asset who raced up with the pace, assumed control of the race in the stretch and won with a measure of comfort, the 1400 metres Shivalik Showers Plate, a race for horses in the lowest class. Gold Magic was second ahead of fancied Caesar.

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