The star of the 2009 Indian racing season was Dr. Vijay Mallya’s outstanding filly Set Alight, who took an unbeaten record into the Indian Derby at Mumbai and was shockingly defeated. A filly with international stakes form, Set Alight was retired recently after a tendon injury scuttled plans for an international campaign that would have begun in Dubai this winter. Major Srinivas Nargolkar, the former keeper of the Indian Stud Book and a contributor to this blog on the Indian racing scene, will preview in this space tomorrow the Indian classics at Mumbai — the country’s primary classics — which begin this month.
Major Nargolkar reports that there are three unbeaten and foreign-conceived colts by Verglas, E Dubai, and Hawk Wing that appear to tower over the competition for the Guineas. Read about it tomorrow.
Note: Major Nargolkar has this to say about matings plans for Set Alight: “Set Alight is being retired to stud and for a while Kunigal Stud [owned by Dr. Mallya] entertained thoughts of sending her abroad to be covered by a top stallion. I put Mr. Mallya’s racing Manager, Zeyn Mirza, onto eMatings, and he did consult Jack Werk, Dr. [Steven] Roman and [Rommy] Faversham. However, in the end, it was considered too ambitious a project so Set Alight stays in India and will be covered by [Kunigal resident] Burden of Proof who is going from strength to strength.”