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Roberta takes the bragging rights in Indian Oaks

Champion team: Mrs. Vijay B. Shirke, third from right, along with the co-owners Mr. & Mrs. Keki D. Mehta pose with the rewards after Roberta won the Indian Oaks.  

Pesi Shroff-trained Roberta (P. Trevor astride) won the Hindustan Times Palate Fest Indian Oaks (Gr.1), the main attraction of the Sunday’s (Jan. 20) races. The winner is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Vijay B. Shirke, Mr. Keki D. Mehta & Mr. Dara K. Mehta rep. Darashaw Bloodstock Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. & Mrs. K.N. Dhunjibhoy rep. Five Stars Shipping Co. Pvt. Ltd.

Roberta, bred by Multidimensional out of Moonlight Romance, which was kept third till 800m by jockey Trevor, grabbed the lead in the straight and made every post a winning one to give her proud trainer his fifth consecutive Indian Oaks victory and eighth in his training career. With Sunday’s triumph, Shroff surpassed Uttam Singh’s record of seven Indian Oaks wins.

1. ACADEMIC TROPHY DIV. II (1,400m), Cl. V, rated 4 to 30: BAKHTAWAR (Neeraj) 1, Allegria (Peter) 2, Deccan King (S. Amit) 3 and Grand Eyes (R. Downey) 4. 4-3/4, 2-1/2 and Sh. 1m, 24.64s. ₹17 (w), 11, 13 and 22 (p). SHP: 37, FP: 48, Q: 38, Tanala: 211 and 150. Favourite: Bakhtawar. Owner: Mr. Anil V. Poduval. Trainer: C. Rajendra.

2. YAWAR RASHID TROPHY (1,600m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46: KINGSMAN (Trevor) 1, Classicus (Kaviraj) 2, Nobleman (L. Roche) 3 and Kimberella (Parbat) 4. 2-1/2, 1-3/4 and Sh. 1m, 39.00s. ₹14 (w), 10, 30 and 11 (p). SHP: 99, FP: 436, Q: 299, Tanala: 455 and 121. Favourite: Kingsman. Owners: Mr. Jaydev M. Mody rep. J.M. Livestock Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ram H. Shroff & Mr. Raj H. Shroff rep. Stride Livestock Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. & Mrs. Shapoor P. Mistry rep. Manjri Horse Breeders Farm Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: Deepesh Narredu.

3. R.R. BYRAMJI TROPHY (1,400m), Cl. III, rated 40 to 66: VALEGRO (L. Roche) 1, Tanjo (Chouhan) 2, Mozart (Parmar) 3 and Celestial Light (Nirmal) 4. 1/2, 3-3/4 and 1-1/4. 1m, 22.64s. ₹13 (w), 10, 19 and 13 (p). SHP: 45, FP: 62, Q: 59, Tanala: 149 and 60. Favourite: Valegro. Owners: Mr. & Mrs. Vijay B. Shirke, Mr. Jay V. Shirke & Mr. & Mrs. K.N. Dhunjibhoy rep. Five Stars Shipping Co. Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: P. Shroff.

4. GOOL S. POONAWALLA MILLION (Gr. 3) (1,200m), 3-y-o only: FREE GOLD (R. Downey) 1, Tommaso (Sandesh) 2, Dandi March (C.S. Jodha) 3 and Arabesque (L. Roche) 4. 3/4, 3/4 and 3-1/4. 1m, 12.17s. ₹38 (w), 19 and 22 (p). SHP: 44, FP: 385, Q: 143, Tanala: 832 and 233. Favourite: Arabesque. Owners: M/s. Mukul Sonawala, Chetan Shah, Sunil S. Majithia, Girish S. Mehta & Mr. D.R. Thacker rep. DT Racing & Breeders LLP’s. Trainer: Imtiaz Sait.

5. P D AVASIA TROPHY (1,200m), Cl. II, rated 60 to 86: GAZINO (Chouhan) 1, Excellent Gold (Sandesh) 2, Kilkarry Bridge (C.S. Jodha) 3 and Queen Credible (Peter) 4. 1-1/4, Sh and 3/4. 1m, 10.60s. ₹42 (w), 14, 16 and 14 (p). SHP: 42, FP: 348, Q: 138, Tanala: 394 and 123. Favourite: Kilkarry Bridge. Owners: Mr. Jaydev M. Mody rep. J.M. Livestock Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: Nosher Cama.

6. HINDUSTAN TIMES PALATE FEST INDIAN OAKS (Gr. 1) (2,400m), Indian Fillies, 4-y-o only: ROBERTA (Multidimensional–Moonlight Romance) (P. Trevor) 1, Eyes For You (Multidimensional –Margarita Rita) (R. Downey) 2, Merlot (Sammid–Tourmalet) (Sandesh) 3 and Bluebell (Paco Boy–Well Hidden) (L. Roche) 4. 1-1/4, 1-1/2 and 2-1/4. 2m, 31.95s. ₹26 (w), 15, 16 and 21 (p). SHP: 59, FP: 136, Q: 221, Tanala: 860 and 737. Favourite: Roberta. Owners: Mr. & Mrs. Vijay B. Shirke, Mr. Keki D. Mehta & Mr. Dara K. Mehta rep. Darashaw Bloodstock Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. & Mrs. K.N. Dhunjibhoy rep. Five Stars Shipping Co. Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: P. Shroff.

7. TRICUMDAS DWARKADAS TROPHY (1,200m), Cl. IV, rated 20 to 46: FLAMING MARTINI (David Allan) 1, Perpetual Winning (R. Downey) 2, Shae (Chouhan) 3 and Mount Olympus (Nazil) 4. 3/4, 3-1/2 and 3/4. 1m, 11.9s. ₹15 (w), 12, 15 and 20 (p). SHP: 26, FP: 34, Q: 22, Tanala: 97 and 52. Favourite: Flaming Martini. Owners: Mr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla, Mr. Adar C. Poonawalla & Mrs. Natasha A. Poonawalla rep. Villoo Poonawalla Racing & Breeding Pvt. Ltd. & Mr. Zavaray S. Poonawalla. Trainer: Dallas Todywalla.

8. ACADEMIC TROPHY DIV. I (1,400m), Cl. V, rated 4 to 30: MEDICI (C.S. Jodha) 1, Pleiades (Trevor) 2, Navigator (Nazil) 3 and Rain Dance (Malam) 4. 4, 6-1/4 and 1. 1m, 24.24s. ₹37 (w), 13, 15 and 18 (p). SHP: 47, FP: 93, Q: 25, Tanala: 213 and 162. Favourite: Pleiades. Owners: Mrs. M.B. Dubash, Ms. Farida B. Dubash & Mrs. Shapoor P. Mistry rep. Manjri Horse Breeders’ Farm Pvt. Ltd. Trainer: S.K. Sunderji.

Jackpot: 70%: ₹4,277 (177 tkts.) and 30%: 443 (732 tkts.). Treble: (i) ₹346 (69 tkts.), (ii) 291 (180 tkts.). Super jackpot: 70%: 3,969 (28 tkts) and 30%: 437 (109 tkts.).

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