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Manifold has an edge over her nine rivals in the prestigious Invitation Cup

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Going by their racing form and track movements, at least five to six horses appears to enjoy equal chances in the prestigious Indian Turf Invitation Cup to be run on Sunday.

Though this year’s mega event seem to be an open affair, Pesi Shroff’s ward Manifold, who has improved a lot since her third to Rochester in the Indian Derby, has a slight edge over her nine rivals in the 2,400m race to be held here on the second day of the Invitation Cup weekend. There will be no false rails.

1. ORIGINAL VEL PLATINUM JUBILEE TROPHY (Div. II), (1,200m), rated 41 to 66, 21 to 46 eligible, 12-30 p.m.: 1. Aquitania (1) J. Chinoy 62, 2. Pierce Arrow (2) Srinath 62, 3. Carralisa (3) B. Mahesh 60, 4. German Guide (8) Md. Imran 59.5, 5. Multiple (9) S. John 59, 6. Tough Enough (7) C.S. Jodha 59, 7. Mahasuvi (5) David Allan 55.5, 8. Jacknife (6) D.S. Deora 54, 9. Naumee (4) S. Kamble 54 and 10. Uncrowned King (10) Gurang 53.

AQUITANIA: A close third to Sangfroid (1,100m) in the higher class; can tackle the present lot. MULTIPLE: A close second to Gloaming over 1,200m in his last start; in fine condition. TOUGH ENOUGH: An impressive winner over 1,200m in the lower class; may repeat. MAHASUVI: A comfortable winner of her last start over 1,200m in the lower class; retains form.

1. AQUITANIA, 2. MULTIPLE, 3. MAHASUVI

2. ORIGINAL VEL PLATINUM JUBILEE TROPHY (Div. I), (1,200), rated 41 to 66, 21 to 46 eligible, 1-00: 1. Nobu (1) P. Vikram 62.5, 2. Bang Bang (8) S. John 62, 3. Scarlet Emperor (6) Nikhil Naidu 61.5, 4. Highland Princess (2) R.S. Bhati 60, 5. Gift Of Valentine (7) Ashgar 59.5, 6. Tangaloomaa (9) Ashhad Asbar 58.5, 7. Victoriana (11) Suraj Narredu 55.5, 8. Tiberon (4) Hindu Singh 55, 9. Gimme Credit (10) Md. Islam 54, 10. Born To Win (3) Md. Imran 53.5 and 11. Shy Belle (5) S. Kamble 53.5.

NOBU: After winning two races finished a good third to Mellow Fellow over 1,200m; in fine trim. HIGHLAND PRINCESS: Won both her starts easily in the lower class; maintains form. VICTORIANA: Has come on since her close second to Mellow Fellow. TIBERON: Looks fit enough. SHY BELLE: Runs with an upsetting chance.

1. VICTORIANA, 2. NOBU, 3. HIGHLAND PRINCESS

3. HYDROPLANE CUP (1,400m), rated 21 to 46,1 to 26 eligible, 1-30: 1. Demonstrate (8) Shezad Khan 62, 2. Sicario (12) Rupal Singh 62, 3. Jupiter (13) Nikhil Naidu 61.5, 4. Spallanzani (9) B. Mahesh 60, 5. Respect (3) P. Trevor 59.5, 6. City Heights (4) Ajinkya 57, 7. Dancing Prince (5) Md. Imran 57, 8. Super Chic (2) Afzal Khan 57, 9. Aquaticaa (11) J. Chinoy 54, 10. Ahlan (10) N.S. Parmar 53.5, 11. Indus Prince (6) Rajinder Singh 53.5, 12. Heading Glory (1) Sai Kiran 50 and 13. Artiste Royal (7) Hindu Singh 50.

DEMONSTRATE: A fair second to Power Of Freedom (1,400m), in fine shape. SPALLANZANI: Ignore her last run. RESPECT: A consistent runner; working well enough. AQUATICAA: After winning a 1,600m in the lower class, finished fourth to Prolific Visit (1,600m); in good condition. HEADING GLORY: Appeals on weights.

1. RESPECT, 2. AQUATICAA, 3. DEMONSTRATE

4. CALCUTTA CUP (1,400m), rated 61 to 86, 41 to 66 eligible, 2-00: 1. Gentle Knowledge (4) Nikhil Naidu 60, 2. Knighthood (5) D.S. Deora 58.5, 3. Apalachee (1) S. John 58, 4. Spear Of Trium (10) Afzal Khan 57.5, 5. Siempre Nueva (7) Russell Xaviers 56, 6. Multivalue (6) P. Trevor 55, 7. Arakawah (9) Hindu Singh 54.5, 8. Outrider (3) P.S. Chouhan 54, 9. Storm Front (2) Dashrath Singh 53 and 10. Gloaming (8) Neeraj 52.5.

MULTIVALUE: After an interesting duel went down by a short neck to Occitan over 1,400m in his last start; warrants another chance. OUTRIDER: His last run is best ignored. STORM FRONT: Well in at the weights. GLOAMING: A gutsy winner over 1,200m in the lower class; may repeat.

1. MULTIVALUE, 2. OUTRIDER, 3. GLOAMING

5. SURESH MAHINDRA MULTI MILLION TROPHY (1,400m), 4-y-o & over (Terms), 2-30: 1. Your Royal Majesty (4) Neeraj 60, 2. Multitude (6) S. John 58, 3. Tutankhamun (3) Suraj Narredu 57.5, 4. Siobhan (5) P.S. Chouhan 56.5, 5. Baracchus (2) David Allan 54.5, 6. Rule Downunder (7) Srinath 54.5 and 7. Yanna Rascala (1) David Probert 54.5.

YOUR ROYAL MAJESTY: An impressive winner over 1,600m in his last start at Mumbai; In fine nick. MULTITUDE: Should have profited by his close fifth to Ruffina in the Sprinters’ Cup yesterday. TUTANKHAMUN: Won the South India Sprinters Trial Stakes resolutely at Chennai; maintains form.

1. TUTANKHAMUN, 2. MULTITUDE, 3. YOUR ROYAL MAJESTY

6. MAJ. P. K. MEHRA MEMORIAL CUP (1,600m), 4-y-o & over (Terms), 3-00: 1. Evesham (6) C. Alford 59, 2. New England (2) Srinath 59, 3. Shivalik Showers (5) Sweeney 59, 4. Whomakestherules (3) Suraj Naredu 59, 5. Castlebridge (4) P. Trevor 57.5, 6. Mauritania (1) David Allan 57.5 and 7. Watchmyscript (7) Sandesh 57.5.

WHOMAKESTHERULES: Working well; may spring a surprise. CASTLEBRIDGE: Fit for the fray. MAURITANIA: A failed favourite in Watchmyscript's 1,600m at Bengaluru; moving well in the morning trials. WATCHMYSCRIPT: An impressive winner of her last start at Bengaluru; may score again.

1. CASTLEBRIDGE, 2. WATCHMYSCRIPT, 3. MAURITANIA

7. INDIAN TURF INVITATION CUP (2,400m), 4-y-o & over (Terms), 3-45: 1. Alaindair (4) Srinath 59, 2. Salazaar (8) P. Trevor 59, 3. Temerity (5) Neeraj 57.5, 4. Rochester (7) C.S. Jodha 57, 5. Star Carnation (1) David Allan 57, 6. Kangra (6) Sandesh 55.5, 7. Lady In Lace (3) Suraj Narredu 55.5, 8. Mahateji (2) P.S. Chouhan 55.5, 9. Manifold (9) David Probert 55.5 and 10. Sedulous (10) S. John 55.5.

ROCHESTER: Won the Kingfisher Ultra Derby (2,400m), may complete a classic double. LADY IN LACE: A good second to Rochester in the Derby; may avenge the defeat. MAHATEJI: After winning the Hyderabad Derby, finished an eye-catching third to Kangra in the Bangalore Derby; may turn the tables. MANIFOLD: Warming up late finished an impressive third to Rochester (Derby) at Mumbai; in fine fettle.

1. MANIFOLD, 2. LADY IN LACE, 3. ROCHESTER

8. HAZARA STUD CUP (1,400m), rated 81 & above, rated 61 to 66 eligible, 4-30: 1. Denny Crane (1) Sujit Paswan 64.5, 2. Interstellar (5) Hindu Singh 60, 3. Noverro (2) Dashrath Singh 59, 4. Occitan (7) Sweeney 57, 5. The Talisman (6) S. John 56.5, 6. Taygetus (8) C. Alford 56, 7. Tweedle Dee (9) Ajinkya 56, 8. Zander (4) Abhishek Pawar 53.5 and 9. Alishas Pet (3) Sandesh 53.

NOVERRO: A consistent runner; in good shape. OCCITAN: In line for a hat-trick. THE TALISMAN: Working well; may upset. ALISHAS PET: Justified the favouritism by winning a 1,200m fluently; may score an encore.

1. OCCITAN, 2. NOVERRO, 3. ALISHAS PET

9. ARION HORSE TROPHY (1,400m), maiden 3-y-o only (Terms), 5-00: 1. Duchamp (10) C.S. Jodha 55, 2. Fireburg (3) D.S. Deora 55, 3. God Save The Rest (2) J. Chinoy 55, 4. Home Of The Brave (4) Srinath 55, 5. Lumenac (5) Dashrath Singh 55, 6. Royal Remembrance (8) P.S. Chouhan 55, 7. Stelvio Pass (1) Neeraj 55, 8. Viserion (11) Sweeney 55, 9. Global Glamour (7) Hindu Singh 53.5, 10. Moves Like Jagger (6) Ranidan Singh 53.5 and 11. Viareggio (9) David Allan 53.5.

FIREBURG: Has come on since his last run in Venezia's 1200m. HOME OF THE BRAVE: Twice second; may raise a winning gallop today. ROYAL REMEMBRANCE: First run; well tuned. STELVIO PASS: Should have profited by his two race gallops. VISERION: His last two runs should be ignored.

1. HOME OF THE BRAVE, 2. ROYAL REMEMBRANCE, 3. VISERION

Day's best: CASTLEBRIDGE

Double: VICTORIANA — MULTIVALUE

Jkt: 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9; Tr (i): 1, 2 & 3; (ii): 4, 5 & 6; (iii): 7, 8 & 9; Tla: all races.

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