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Ocean And Beyond for The Nanoli Stud Pune Derby

By Mahendra Mallya | 10 Oct 2010 | PUNE


The Nanoli Stud Pune Derby looks all set for an exciting finish. Fourteen runners will vie for honours with more than half the field staking strong claims to emerge victorious. Indiarace spoke to a few prominent personalities of the racing circle and most stood by Ocean And Beyond. Vivek Jain – Chairman, R.W.I.T.C. – A very open Derby. If I were to pick one, I would go for Ocean And Beyond who seems to have lot of class. Goutham Lala – It is difficult to pick one for the Derby, but I think the winner will emerge from Ocean And Beyond, Berlusconi and Zafayona. Bergis Desai – I think it’s between Eloise and Ocean And Beyond.

I am sure Eloise will stay the trip and I believe she will run a good race. Prem Tharani – I feel Ocean And Beyond is definitely better than the rest of my runners. He is working well and will stay the distance. I hope my other runners will do well too. Anil Mukhi – Personally I would like to see Eloise win since I was in a way involved in getting her dam to India.

Ocean And Beyand surely looks a top contender. On paper, it looks between the two but it’s the Nanoli Pune Derby and a surprise cannot be ruled out. P. Shroff – Eloise is looking well and I feel she has peaked at the right time. Ocean And Beyond has a lot of class too. I am hoping for the best. Imtiaz Sait – Ocean And Beyond is the one to beat. My filly Zafayano is badly drawn and will have tricky moments at the start. She won well in her last trip over nine furlongs and she is in great heart. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Narender Lagad – I think this will be close one.

The winner could come from Eloise, Zafayano and Scionic. Bezan Chenoy – It is a very open Derby and I don’t think this field is highly reputed. Ocean And Beyond is the best of the lot. Dallas Todywalla – Certainly looks a very interesting race and in my opinion Ocean And Beyond is the one they all have to beat. Rehanulla Khan – With a run behind him, Ocean And Beyond towers over the rest. I think it will take a lot to beat him. Altamash Ahmed – It looks anybody’s race. My filly Scionic has done well so far and is in top condition. I just hope she produces her best on the track. M.P. Jodha – My choice is Ocean And Beyond. He is a good type and will surely get the trip. Nana Raghunath – Ocean And Beyond looks the most formidable to me. I can’t look beyond him. Nirad Karanjiwalla – Ocean And Beyond looks the most prominent and it will take a lot to beat him. Zafayano is the one to watch out for as she is improving with every run. M. Narredu – My mount Star Warrior is a star in his own right and a warrior too and I will ensure that he lives up to his name. By the grace of God, I hope to end my riding career by winning the Nanoli Pune Derby for the record eighth time. C. Rajendra – I am happy with the way Ocean And Beyond is shaping up and he is at his best. I feel he has the potential to win the Derby but I will be wary of Eloise.

Zafayano has won well too. Then there are Star Warrior and Sunlight who are also ready to strike. I have a tough race on hand and I am confident pulling it off. Neeraj Rawal – It’s an open race and lot will depend on the pace and luck of the race. Positioning initially is very important. Sunlight is the only horse in the race who has won over a mile and half. So she does have a great chance. Dasarath Singh – Scionic has a good chance and should run a good race. I feel Star Warrior also is the one to watch out for.