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31 Jan 2019

Is he… isn’t he….? Such is the aura of the grey superstar Sir Cecil that every day of his prep since his arrival at Mahalaxmi has been watched with eagle eyes around the race track. A rumoured “niggle” has kept people guessing whether this unbeaten son of Win Legend is fully fit or not. His candid trainer Paddy has admitted that he is under the care of a renowned physiotherapist. Last seen galloping fast in the morning trials a week ago, one would have thought he is sure to spurt again a few days before the Derby, but nope - even this morning’s track work doesn’t reflect his name.
Winning the Indian derby straight after the Indian 2000 guineas means 7 weeks without a race, and very few horses have achieved this, Exhilaration being one. And doing it with some soundness issues is obviously more difficult. But still, the stardom and the mad following he brings to this event isn’t dented, even though the odds offered on him could be.

The shadow around the grey has raised the hopes and perhaps the chances of his 2000 guineas rival, STAR SUPERIOR. This handsome son of EXCELLENT ART ran a blinder in the R.R. RUIA to pip Sacred Roman at the post. Many found him wanting but I thought he was cleverly trained to make a late run, and is likely to do that again on Sunday, to the delight of his followers.

Enter the lady in the cast. The attractive daughter of Multidimensional, Adjudicate, has arrived in Mumbai after winning the Calcutta Derby with utter disdain, so much so that her jockey removed his goggles 50 metres from the winning post after looking back 5 times! She is certain to make the two gents hot under the collar, and makes up the principal cast of this blockbuster. Eyes For You, another Multidimensional filly ran a blinder in the Indian Oaks to finish a creditable second, and may be the dark horse in the pack.

A few interesting battles on the sidelines will be the clash of the 3 stud farms, Dashmesh (Sir Cecil), Usha (Adjudicate) and Poonawalla(Star Superior), and the foreign jockeys David Allan, Leigh Roche and Robbie Downey v/s P. Trevor, Suraj Narredu and Neeraj Rawal.

The Club’s initiative of clubbing the Breeders’ Produce Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes among other big races on Derby weekend has made it possible to see veteran superstars like Sarjeant At Arms and Desert God show their stuff along with some promising juveniles who will make their debut here.

So as promised, it is definitely a MULTI STARRER in the offing, and with a decided nip in the air, brace yourselves in your Sunday best for the weekend of the year.

Here is an interesting countdown to the Derby….

10  Times the race has been won by trainer R. R. Byramji.
09  Times it has been won by Pesi Shroff as Trainer and Jockey put together.
08  Times it was won by Dr M A M Ramaswamy.
07  Decades have been completed since the first running of the Indian Derby.
06  Trainers have won the Derby thrice - Maj. V. M. Lad, Bezan Chenoy, S.M. Shah, S.S Shah, S. Padmanabhan and Vinayak.
05   Greys have won the Indian Derby so far.
04   Times it has been won by the Ranjit Bhat and R. R. Byramji combination
03    Professionals have won the Indian Derby as Jockeys and subsequently as Trainers, ie; M Narredu, P Shroff & S Narredu.
02    Days of thrilling racing on 2nd and 3rd Feb 2019, and….
01    Crore added to the Jackpot Pool.

Recent News


Former Committee member of Mysore Race Club and racehorse owner Apana Subaiya passed away due to a severe heart attack. Mr Subaiya will also be remembered as being a part-owner in the unbeaten winner of the Indian Derby, War Hammer. Indiarace offers its sincere condolences to the bereaved family.


Kolkata race scheduled to be held Saturday 9th December 2023 have been postponed to Tuesday 12th December 2023 due to incessant rain rendering the underfoot condition of the race track. Acceptances with order or running as published will hold good.


The Board of Appeal at the meeting held on 05/12/2023 having considered the grounds of Appeal submitted by Jockey Akshay Kumar and the submissions made by him and his spokesperson Mr. Y S Srinath, resolved to dismiss the Appeal lodged by Jockey Akshay Kumar and the order passed by the Stewards of the Hyderabad Race Club stands i.e. suspension of “A” Jockeys License granted to him under HRC Rules of racing w.e.f. 7th December 2023 upto and including 26th February 2024.


Due to incessant rains rendering the track not conducive for racing, the Stewards of the Madras Race Club have decided to cancel the races scheduled to be held on Thursday, 30 November 23 and Friday 1st December 2023.


Mumbai races scheduled to be held today Sunday 26th November 2023 have been postponed to Thursday 30th November 2023. The same card shall hold good.


Trainer Altaf Hussain passed away today afternoon on Thursday 23rd Nov 2023. Indiarace offers its sincere condolences to the bereaved family. Trainer Altaf Hussain won back to back Indian Derby with Desert Warrior in 1990 and Starfire Girl in 1991.


Due to incessant rain rendering the Track not conducive for racing, The Stewards of the Madras Race Club have decided to postpone Chennai races to be held on Saturday 25th November 23 to Thursday 30th November 23. Published Acceptance holds good and fresh declarations will be on Tuesday 28th November 23.