Arjun Mangalorkar’s Applejack runs with a great chance to win The Sardar KB Ramachandraraj Urs Memorial Trophy, the feature in a long card of nine events framed for Saturday’s action at Mysore. This mile and a quarter handicap for horses in class II has attracted a small group of seven runners. While Auburn Beauty is known to relish this trip, the one’s that catch the eye are Applejack and Madame Bovary. The latter is a three year old that has thus far been running against those in her own age group. After scoring in a maiden’s set during the closing stages of the Bangalore Summer Season, Madame Bovary was targeted next at the Mysore 1000 Guineas. Starting as a rank outsider, she ran the best race of her career and finished a very creditable fourth to Isn’t She Special, Striking and Keukenhof. By finishing close to those that were rated much above her, she forced the handicapper to raise her rating from a low of 42 to an enormous 72. Even though she is known to be in good form, it will be really tough for her to make a mark against the present group of horses.
On the other hand, Applejack has been running very consistently in recent months. After winning a mile and a quarter handicap at Bangalore in early August, he ran next in a nine furlong race at Mysore. Getting into some traffic problems during the first half of the race, he came with a superb run down the length of the straight and lost in a very close finish to Radical Attraction. With an extra 200 metres to travel on Friday, he is likely to assert his superiority in the day’s feature. Applejack’s track trials indicate that he has retained his form and fitness. He is accordingly nominated as the day’s best betting proposition.