Juliette, the 7-year-old ‘got abroad’ mare by Muskiter out of Gimmesumsugar produced yet another incredible performance to win the Royal Arion Club-sponsored Indian Turf Invitation Cup (Grade-1) for the second year in succession. At the age of 7, she’s the oldest horse to win the glamour event.
Juliette’s win proved that racing would be as interesting as quantum physics if it were burdened with mathematical certainty. Ever so often one begins to understand that there is something greater than blood and conformation. It’s the tick of the heart. In sport that is enough. Rare talents are rarely fathomable.
Owned by the Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust, she was ridden with great understanding and judgement by C.S Jodha and trained to the minute by Karthik Ganapathy. She was stretched to the limit by another filly — King’s Ransom who was gallant in defeat. Both the winner and runner-up set a new track record for the distance.
Earlier, Northern Lights, a ‘got abroad’ 6-year-old gelding by Lethal Force out of Prescription had over three long and easy lengths to spare when winning the Major P.K. Mehra Memorial Super Mile.
Trained by Pesi Shroff and ridden by P.S. Chouhan, the grey sporting the colours of the Shirke family made the race his own, running to the win as he liked.
It’s often been that when there are two greys running in a race, one of them invariably wins. Well if you had gone along with that you’d have been in clover as both the Mile and the Invitation had two greys.
In what must be a first-ever in the history of the Indian Turf, all the four Grade-1 races were won by ‘got abroad’ horses. (The mare was imported into the country and the foal was born in India).
1. FOSTER’S MILLION: ISNT SHE BEAUTIFUL (Neeraj ) 1, Polished Girl (Suraj Narredu) 2, Devils Magic (I. Chisty) 3 and Promise Kept (P. Trevor) 4. 4-1/2, 1/2 and 1. 1m, 10.96s. ₹13 (w), 13, 15 and 22 (p), SHP: 32, THP: 50, FP: 42, Q: 40, Trinella: 338, Exacta: 1,785. Favourite: Isnt She Beautiful.
Owners: Mr. P.J. Vazifdar, Mrs. P.J. Vazifdar, Mr. M. Rishad & Mr. Mukul A. Sonawala, M/s. DT Racing & Breeding LLP. Trainer: S. Padmanabhan.
2. SANS CRAINTES STUD JUVENILE MILLION: SYNTHESIS (Suraj Narredu) 1, Madam Rich (Dhanu Singh) 2, Ricardo (A. Sandesh) 3 and Blackstone (P. Mani) 4. 2-1/2, 1-1/4 and 3/4. 1m, 13.09s. ₹14 (w), 11, 56 and 21 (p), SHP: 163, THP: 50, FP: 230, Q: 224, Trinella: 1,828, Exacta: 6,400. Favourite: Synthesis.
Owners: Ms. Ameeta Mehra, Mr. Balam Mohla & So Blest Trading Co. Pvt Ltd. Trainer: Rajesh Narredu.
3. DELHI RACE CLUB MILLION: STELLAR GOLD (Darshan) 1, My Vision (Rayan Ahmed) 2, Silver Canyon (P. Trevor) 3 and King Of War (Salman Khan) 4. Nk, 1-3/4 and 3/4. 1m, 51.88s. ₹55 (w), 19, 73 and 12 (p), SHP: 299, THP: 92, FP: 4,355, Q: 2,394, Trinella: 8,648, Exacta: 90,374. Favourite: Silver Canyon.
Owner: Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust. Trainer: S. Ganapathy.
4. DASHMESH STUD JUVENILE MILLION: KNOTTY CHARMER (Akshay Kumar) 1, Del Pico (S. Saqlain) 2, Invincible (I. Chisty) 3 and Brave Trooper (Hindu Singh) 4. Not run: Mazal Tov. 2-1/4, 3/4 and 4-3/4. 1m, 24.94s. ₹31 (w), 10, 10 and 11 (p), SHP: 31, THP: 33, FP: 66, Q: 18, Trinella: 107, Exacta: 443. Favourite: Del Pico.
Owners: Mr. K. Kamesh, Mr. Srikanth Badruka, Mr. N. Swaroop Kumar & Mr. K. Balamukunda Das & Mr. Dharmesh Mehta & Mr. M.N. Nambiar & Mr. D. Sanjeev Basapa. Trainer: Prasanna Kumar.
5. SURESH MAHINDRA MULTI-MILLION TROPHY: ALL ATTRACTIVE (P.S. Chouhan) 1, Imperial Blue (Antony Raj) 2, Ashwa Bravo (Yash Narredu) 3 and Moon’s Blessing (Akshay Kumar) 4. 3-3/4, Lnk and Lnk. 1m, 23.53s. ₹33 (w), 15, 19 and 55 (p), SHP: 52, THP: 129, FP: 121, Q: 57, Trinella: 4,293, Exacta: 9,777. Favourite: All Attractive.
Owner: M/S. Kunal Gupta Stud Farm LLP. Trainer: B. Prithviraj.
6. MAJ. P.K. MEHRA MEMORIAL SUPER MILE CUP: NORTHERN LIGHTS (Lethal Force-Prescription) P.S. Chouhan 1, Once You Go Black (Win Legend-Aksinya) Akshay Kumar 2, Ahead Of My Time (Excellent Art-Miss Danehill) A. Sandesh 3 and Black Onyx (Stardan-Dancing Dame) Dhanu Singh 4. Not run: Kensington. 3-1/2, 2-1/2 and 1/2. 1m, 36.26s. ₹45 (w), 12, 16 and 10 (p), SHP: 36, THP: 69, FP: 334, Q: 180, Trinella: 504, Exacta: 13,998. Favourite: Ahead Of My Time.
Owners: Mr. Vijay B. Shirke, Mrs. Vijay B. Shirke, Mr. Jay V. Shirke & Darashaw Bloodstock Pvt Ltd rep. by Mr. Dara K. Mehta & Mr. Bhupinder Singh S.S. Trainer: P. Shroff.
7. ROYAL ARION CLUB INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP: JULIETTE (Musketier-Gimmesumsugar) C.S. Jodha 1, King’s Ransom (Multidimensional-China Creek) P.S. Chouhan 2, La Reina (Planetaire-Firemiss) A. Sandesh 3 and Supernatural (Multidimensional-Psychic Light) P. Trevor 4. Not run: Imperial Power and Kancha. 3/4, 8-1/4 and Neck. 2m, 28.40s (record time). ₹24 (w), 14, 14 and 27 (p), SHP: 41, THP: 59, FP: 52, Q: 38, Trinella: 391, Exacta: 1,296. Favourite: Juliette.
Owner: Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust. Trainer: Karthik Ganapathy.
8. JAPAN CUP: AMRELI (Srinath) 1, Artemis Ignacia (Likith Appu) 2, Slainte (Neeraj) 3 and Black Eagle (Akshay Kumar) 4. 3, Lnk and 1/2. 1m, 24.73s. ₹25 (w), 15, 16 and 30 (p), SHP: 47, THP: 85, FP: 73, Q: 37, Trinella: 706, Exacta: 915. Favourite: Amreli.
Owner: Mr. Rajan Aggarwal. Trainer: Pradeep Annaiah.
Jackpot: ₹10,426 (78 tkts.); Runner-up: 1,452 (240 tkts.); Treble (i): 816 (25 tkts.); (ii): 540 (81 tkts.).