Major Srinivas Nargolkar, from India, sent this in today on the Indian Group 1 Kingfisher Derby Bangalore:
1. We have 11 Derbys in India. Five for 3YOs and six when the same crop has turned four. The Indian Derby, run at the Mahalakshmi course in Mumbai for 4YOs, is the most prestigious of them all with Derby Bangalore, for 3YOs, next in importance. Funnily enough, Bangalore’s Derby for 4YOs is called Derby. Bangalore Derby and Derby Bangalore; quite confusing.
2. Aboline won the 2000-meter Kingfisher Derby Bangalore today (click here to see chart and video, Race 6) making his running for most of the way and holding on from the filly Jacqueline to win by a nose. He had lost his unbeaten status in the Colts’ Trial Stakes in June where he was held up and beaten by two rank outsiders. What will be of American interest is that Aboline’s dam is the Lear Fan mare Super Fan, who won 14 races in U.S.A., including the Round Table Handicap, Gr.3, and placed third in , Gr.1. She was bought by at the Keeneland November Sale in the late ’90s when in foal to Cozzene. That Cozzene foal, Hotel Hall, was dropped in Ireland where Super Fan visited Sadler’s Wells but failed to conceive. Covered the following year by Coolmore sire Entrepreneur, she came to India.colt
3. Super Fan’s foals in India showed promise which they could not translate into performance because they all had a tendency to bleed. Aboline, her fifth foal in India, was not a particularly eye-catching individual, and given the bleeding propensity was sold to Mr. Deepak Khaitan in whose colours he ran. Aboline’s pedigree shows two clusters close up; full-brothers Fairy King — sire of Burden of Proof— and Sadler’s Wells, as well as fully related Thong and Lt. Stevens.
Astral Flash (Belong To Me – Burooq, by A.P. Indy) finished third, an unthreatening six lengths behind the battling pair in front. Still, it was satisfying because I’d recommended Burooq to Ameeta Mehra of Usha Stud.
for more on Astral Flash, click here.