Juliette, a 10/1 shot, blocks the hot guys party

MUMBAI: The opening day of the 2019-20 Mumbai season in the Mahalaxmi Racecourse Sunday may not have attracted an encouraging crowd, but emotions were not lacking.

The Maharaja de Morvi Trophy, characteristic of the day, which would lead to the Indian 2000 (December 22), was expected to reveal the likely favorite for the second classic of the season.

Instead, he gave racing enthusiasts the most likely favorite for the 1000 Indian Guineas (December 21), the three-year-old filly Juliette trained by Karthik Ganapathy.

Despite carrying an extra 3.5 kg (55 kg), she knocked down two frontline contestants, Sultan Suleiman and Alexei, with considerable ease to emerge as the best competitor of the first classic of the season. At 1/10, Juliette may have financially delayed most of the punters, but she received great applause from the motley but sporting crowd.

He arrived late and took his own time, so we didn't run much. Uncertainty about the Mumbai season schedule made her lose 10 kg. I was ready to attack today and now we have high hopes for the 1000 Guineas, Karthik told TOI later.

Juliette was well guided by Irishman Colm O'Donoghue, who knows the Mahalaxmi Racecourse like the back of his hand.

RESULTS WITH DIVIDENDS

1. Gateway of India Plate (1200m): In Sabah Nur (A Sandesh) 1, Titanium 2, Warrior Clan 3, Sachertorte 4. 1-1/4, ½, 2-1/2. T: 1: 11.65. Totalizer: Rs 24 to win; 11, 21 for places; Shp: 37; Fc: 152; Q: 96; Tanala: 366 and 113. (N Lagad). 2. Desert Lightning Plate (1600m): Nekhbet (L Roche) 1, Shae 2, Medici 3, Moriseiki 4. ¾, ¾, ¾. T: 1: 38.88. Totalizer: Rs 25 to win; 12, 24, 32 for places; Shp: 62; Fc: 166; Q: 321; Tanala: 1272 and 671. (P Shroff). 3. Sir Rahimtoola Chinoy Trophy (1600m): Tasawwur (A Sandesh) 1, Valegro 2, Truly Epic 3, Gloriosus 4. 2, 5, 5. T: 1: 36.92. Totalizer: Rs 32 to win; 14, 12 for places; Shp: 36; Fc: 70; Q: 32; Tanala: 67 and 34. (To Jodha). 4. DMCC Centenary Trophy (1400m): Mirabilis (L Roche) 1, Golden Hind 2, Mozart 3, Star Comrade 4. 2, Ln, 4. T: 1: 24.15. Totalizer: Rs 16 to win; 10, 12 for places; Shp: 21; Fc: 32; Q: 19; Tanala: 30 and 25. (P Shroff). 5. Maharaja de Morvi Trophy (1400m): Juliette (C Donoghue) 1, Sultan Suleiman 2, Alexei 3, Dreams 4. 1-1/4, Ln, 6-3/4. T: 1: 22.89. Totalizer: Rs 49 to win; 16, 13 for places; Shp: 24; Fc: 121; Q: 68; Tanala: 115 and 58. (K Ganapathy). 6. Tiger Tops Plate (1000m): Godsword (Dashrath Singh) 1, Majestical 2, Be Frank 3, Multibagger 4. Nk, Nk, 2-1/4. T: 1: 00.10. Totalizer: Rs 42 to win; 11, 21, 21 for places; Shp: 73; Fc: 295; Q: 135; Tanala: 762 and 309. (N Lagad).

Boat: 70% Rs 7305 (66 tickets) &30%465(444); Super Boat: 70% 18142 (3) &30%897(26); Treble: 616 (39).

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