The twentyfifth edition of the Kingfisher Derby Bangalore – Grade I looks to be a very open Derby with none of the thirteen contenders showing any exceptional superiority. We reproduce excerpts of what the experts have to say.
Imtiaz Sait – I think its between the duo of Deshmukh. I give an edge to Machiavellianism.
C.Rajendra – I like my filly Maple Star. She’s working well.
Pesi Shroff – Everybody will have to beat Machiavellianism. Silver Birch and Portia have worked well and shall be there.
Bharath Singh – Machiavellianism to Tintinabulation.
Darius Byramji – It should be between Machiavellianism, Tintinabu lation and Shivalik Hero.
Mallesh Narredu – Shivalik Hero is a great fighter. He should run a big race. This is my debut Derby as a trainer and I hope it is a lucky one.
Anil Mukhi – Machiavellianism is a worthy favourite. He hasn’t done anything wrong. The stablemate Tintinabulation is very highly thought of although he is lesser experienced at this level. He too should run a good race.
Mahendra D Mallya (Commentator)- Looks to be a very open Derby. None coming into this race are showing exceptional superiority. Machiavellianism is the one who looks to have the right credentials. There are no prime fancies.
Deepak Rajpal (Commentator)- The most open Derby in recent times. Machiavellianism and Borsalino should be one-two.
K.N.Dhunjibhoy – It’s a very open race, mainly because of the ground. Its going to be very testing. I don’t know how my horses are going to run but all will have to beat Machiavellianism.
L.V.R.Deshmukh – I have two runners, Machiavellianism and Tintinabulation. Both have peaked for the race and will run well. The Derby has always evaded me so far and I hope I break the ice here.
Satish Narredu – I wish we run one-two in the Derby, Shivalik Hero and Super Storm.
A.Sandesh – I am riding Borsalino in the Derby. He has improved a lot after the colts and should run well in the Derby.
Altamash Ahmed – I think everyone will have to beat Machiavellianism. The way he won the Colts was very impressive.
P.S.Chouhan – My boy retains the form, He has been working well and he definitely will be there. I am looking forward to win this for my trainer Deshmukh.
S.S.Faisal Hassan – Between Machiavellianism and Tintinabulation and I give an outside chance to Defining Moment.
Prasanna Kumar – Tintinabulation from Machiavellianism.
P.Trevor – I like my filly Portia. She ran a good race in the Fillies and she will be right there.
D.K.Ashish – Own Asset has been working well and he should be up there at the finish.
B.Prakash – First choice Machiavellianism. Any of the remaining twelve for the second choice.
S.S.Attaollahi – Machiavellianism.
B.Puttanna – Tintinabulation first choice and Borsalino is the second.