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Enid Blyton pulls of an upset win

By: Frankel   January 15 , 2021

The highly regarded Sultan Suleiman whose win in the 1400 metres Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy, a race for horses rated 60 to 86, the feature event of Friday‘s Mumbai races was taken for granted were disappointed as the favourite down narrowly. Those blindly going by the market trend were left to rue their decision as Enid Blyton pulled off a thrilling win. The day`s races did not suit the punters who put undue confidence on the favourites.

After Majestic Warrior set a fast pace and weakened approaching the final furlong, Sultan Suleiman was pushed to take over the running by Trevor Patel. Sultan Suleiman did not draw clear in the manner expected. He was soon joined in the fight by the five-year-old mare Enid Blyton from the stables of trainer Altamash Ahmed. The duo fought out the final 100 metres but it was clear that Enid Blyton was the better travelling horse. Majestic Warrior stayed on to take the third position.

Shiraz Sunderji trained Market King readily obliged the expectations by recording an encore in the 1200 metres Simply Noble Plate, a race for horses rated 40 to 66. Sky Fall led the field into the final furlong before sending distress signals. Market King who was in the chase easily overhauled the front-runner and stormed clear to win with a measure of comfort. Princess Anabel covered lot of ground in the finish second ahead of Arc Shine. One was not sure whether anything went wrong with Sky Fall who totally faltered.

Both the divisions of the 1200 metres Sprungli Plate (Div I), a race for horses rated 20 to 46, turned out to be a disastrous one for the punters. Pesi Shroff trained Royalty was the on-money favourite to win the Division I of the race but the favourite ran a tame race, finishing third. Last start winner Powerful Lady gave hopes in the final furlong but they were dashed by long shot Agrami from trainer Faisal A Abbas` stables. Agrami shot clear on the wide outside and brought off the biggest upset of the day. The lower division of the race was an even bigger disaster for the punters. Rehanullah Khan trained Wayin was backed down from a higher quote as if his defeat was out of the question and was installed as a strong favourite. Wayin was never in the hunt and struggled to pick up speed and eventually finished a disappointing sixth. Last start surpriser Rambler led from the start and had no problem in keeping the challenge of Celini at bay. The last-named managed to neck out Tomorrow`s Dreams to keep the second position.

There was high drama before the start of the 1400 metres Karl Umrigar Trophy, a race for maiden three-year-olds. Pesi Shroff trained Spinoza came in for big support but the colt played up at the gates and was being examined by the Vets but the horse broke loose and bolted. The horse was withdrawn from the fray. Arc De Triomphe too was troublesome and was pulled out from the fray. The race was also eventual as Roman who hit the front from the start gave an immense problem to jockey Trevor Patel who was unable to keep him on a straight course as the colt took a stronghold and ran towards the outer rail. The race thus fell on the lap of Infinite N Beyond who had no worthwhile opposition to tackle as he cantered to win by a widening margin of six lengths over Supreme Runner and Above the Law.

Form pointed to Rays of Sun but the betting suggested the success of Chancellor in the 1400 metres V R Menon Plate, a race for horses rated 20 to 46. In the event, Rays of Sun prevailed necking out a strongly ridden long shot Marvin to land the spoils. Favourite Chancellor did not live up to expectations and was a tame third.

For the battered punters, the last race of the day offered some relief as the heavily supported Periwinkle from Hoshidar Daji`s stables obliged as a strongly backed favourite in the 1400 metres Jayant M Shah Plate (Div I), a race for horses in the lowest category. Periwinkle was produced on the wide outside by jockey K Nazil and the favourite produced a strong effort to cover the leeway with brisk strides and eventually stormed clear to win with a measure of comfort from Mikayla`s Pride and Sachertorte. However, Nazil was unable to produce that bit extra on favourite Take It Easy in the lower division of the race where lesser fancied Shapath, in the hands of jockey Pradeep Chouhan managed to squeeze out a ground-saving run and held off Take It Easy. Honourable Eyes was third.


Rambler (H Zeeshan up) winner of The Sprungli Plate (Div-Ii)

Market King (A Sandesh up) winner of the Simply Noble Plate

Enid Blyton (Neeraj Rawal up) winner of the Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy

Shapath (P S Chouhan up) winner of the Jayant M Shah Plate (Div-II)

Rays Of Sun (N S Parmar up) winner of the V R Menon Plate

Infinite N Beyond (A Sandesh up) winner of the Karl Umrigar Trophy

Agrami (Aniket Karande up) winner of the Sprungli Plate (Div-I)

Periwinkle (K Nazil up) winner of the Jayant M Shah Plate (Div-I)

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