Raees may lift feature

There is no looking beyond trainer Imtiaz Sait's five-year-old horse, Raees (C. Alford-up), in prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup, over a gruelling trip of 2,800m, here, in Saturday's race card.

By Star racer in Calcutta
  • Published 10.02.18
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Calcutta: There is no looking beyond trainer Imtiaz Sait's five-year-old horse, Raees (C. Alford-up), in prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup, over a gruelling trip of 2,800m, here, in Saturday's race card.

The last run of the Sedgefield- son, in Mumbai, over 1,600m, is best ignored as he found the mile journey quite sharp to his liking.

SELECTIONS

1. Portugal Cup, Div-I 1,200m Rt 1-46

1. RACHMANINOFF (6) 2. HIGHLAND PRINCESS (1) 3. JORELL (9)

RACHMANINOFF, WITH APPRENTICE SUJIT PASWAN IN THE SADDLE, MAY TAKE HIGHLAND PRINCESS AND JORELL BY A SURPRISE.

2. PORTUGAL CUP, DIV-II 1,200M RT 1-46

1. PERFECT BALANCE (1) 2. HAPPY RETURNS (10) 3. BULLDOZER (7)

PERFECT BALANCE'S LAST RUN IS BEST IGNORED. WITH SURAJ NARREDU IN THE SADDLE, THE PATRICK QUINN-CHARGE MEANS BUSINESS.

3. FRENCH CUP 1,400M RT 21-66

1. Dark Gold (7) 2. Outrider (3) 3. Sicario (9)

Dark Gold's last run was suggestive. His victory has been long overdue. The in-form Outrider and Sicario may trouble him.

JACKPOT LEGS

4. Hyderabad Race Club Cup 2,000m Rt 61 & over

1. VOLANTIS (4) 2. NO MORE POLITICS (2)

Volantis is fancied but the mare may find the aging but spirited No More Politics a serious threat.

5. Malaysia Cup 1,200m Terms, 3-y-o only

1. Kefira (8) 2. Venezia (12) 3. Aiyana (5)

Kefira and Venezia, both, look cut above the rest in the 12-horse field. Aiyana shapes as an upsetting factor.

6. Calcutta Million 1,600m Terms, 3-y-o only

1. AASHNA (7) 2. SNIPER (6)

3. HOME OF THE BRAVE (3)

Aashna's last run is best ignored, The filly, is my banker, and she may be hard to beat on this occasion. Sniper and Home Of The Brave are the two who may follow Aashna home.

7. Queen Elizabeth II Cup 2,800m Terms, 4-y-o & over

1. Raees (5) 2. Ophion (2) 3. Winter Renaissance (6)

Raees: There is no looking beyond Raees in the six-horse field. The Mumbai challenger is a reputed stayer and another banker .

8. Philippines Cup 1,200m Rt 21-66

1. Mellow Fellow (6) 2. Nobu (1) 3. Victoriana (12)

Mellow Fellow and Nobu are closely handicapped. It's going to be a close contest. Victoriana has an upset chance.

Day's Best: Raees Double: Dark Gold & Aashna

BANGALORE:

1st race: Golden Success 1, Declarationoflove 2, Midnight Sky 3. Win Rs 105; (P) 20, 13, 40; (F) 611; 2nd race: Diamond Rays 1, Bergamot 2, Desperado 3. Win Rs 15; (P) 10, 14, 20; (F) 27; 3rd race: Dancing Dragon 1, Deimus 2, Amazonite 3. Win Rs 34; (P) 16, 11, 55; (F) 79; 4th race: Skybound 1, Bold Runner 2, Epona 3. Win Rs 152; (P) 25, 17, 19; (F) 1,081; 5th race: Aeisir 1, Malawi 2, Mint 3. NR: No 6. Win Rs 41; (P) 16, 18, 29; (F) 174; 6th race (Sprinters Trial Stakes): Siobhan 1, Baracchus 2, Smile Stone 3. Win Rs 20; (P) 14, 20, 15; (F) 177; 7th race: Brooklyn Supreme 1, Shades Of Desire 2, Girl With Pearl 3. NR: Nos 8 & 9. Win Rs 90; (P) 20, 13, 12; (F) 272; Jackpot: Rs 69,961; (C) Rs 2,232; Treble: (i) Rs 1,346; (ii) Rs 1,018.

1.45pm: Glorious Eyes 1. Daffodil 2. Eternal Sunshine 3.

2.15pm: Van Dyke 1. Amazing Art 2. Red Indian 3.

2.45pm: Temerity 1.

3.15pm: Chaplin 1. Celestial Light 2. Rincon 3.

3.45pm: Aurelia 1. Roosevelt 2. Moonshine 3.

4.15pm: Ruffina 1. Mygrator 2. Goldie's Pet 3.

4.45pm: Divine Magic 1. Snow Blast 2. Tessa 3.

5.15pm: Epiphany 1. Stunner 2. Cherry Blossom 3.

Day's Best: Ruffina Double: Chaplin & Aurelia