Dr. Vijay Mallya’s Set Alight (Razeen — Set Aside, by Steinbeck) was defeated for the first time in 11 career starts today in India’s most famous horse race, the Indian Group 1 McDowell Signature Indian Derby over 2400 meters at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai. Considered exceptional, Set Alight, the 1/2 favorite, took command entering the final bend and opened up by two lengths on the field with 600 meters to run, but 25-1 outsider Antonios made a sustained run from the outside and caught the champion filly late to win by a little over a length.
The straight at Mahalaxmi is exceptionally long, and the early pace in the race was exceptionally fast. Set Alight was second in the early part behind the fast fractions, then later tucked in third. She also probably made a premature move to the lead under jockey Malesh Narredu, who rode her with supreme confidence. He may have paid the price for that, as the filly, trained by former champion jockey and Indian Derby winner Pesi Shroff, was caught late.
See the video and chart of the race at http://www.racingpulse.in/code/rupdate.aspx?pgId=6362 (8th race).