Before Rachel Alexandra captivated racegoers in the US, the filly Set Alight had done the same in India. Unbeaten in 10 starts entering the Indian Derby (click here to read my post on the race; click here for a recap from Major S. Nargolkar), she lost the classic at Mahalaxmi, probably because her rider made a premature and overconfident move with plenty of race to run.
After some time off, Set Alight reappeared and lost again, which dented her reputation, but on Sunday, Sept. 13, she was back in the winner’s circle after a 7-length success in the Indian Group 1 President of India Gold Cup at Hyderabad. Click here to read a recap of the race from racingpulse.in, and click here to read the account of the race from indiarace.com.
Owned by Dr. Vijay Mallya (pictured in white suit leading in Set Alight from a previous win) and trained by Pesi Shroff, Set Alight was ridden most recently by Christopher Alford, who was not the jock aboard when she lost the Derby. It’s expected that Set Alight will race in Dubai this winter. See her race in the President of India Gold Cup (Sept. 13) at Hyderabad below: