Becket looks to have an easy job in the Indian St. Leger

4 thoughts on “Becket looks to have an easy job in the Indian St. Leger”

  1. Unfortunately it seems Becket’s pedigree caught up with him as he got nailed on the last stride by Change Of Luck. By Hawk Wing out of a Dayjur mare from a top sprinter – miler family, he got caught by a filly who is from the most influential Indian mare of the past decade, Stunning who has already thrown the champion Smart Chieftain who won the Indian triple crown, another brother Classical Act won the Bangalore Derby in his second lifetime start, the same Barley Corn family has also produced the great Mystical who won two races at the Dubai Carnival a few years back. The same family also produced Adler who is still the only Indian bred to win a race on American soil (he won an allowance race at Ellis Park).

  2. I stand corrected, I said Stunning was the best Indian mare of the previous decade, actually she is the greatest Indian mare of all time. I forgot about Southern Empire, he was beaten as the chalk in the Indian Derby by Diabolical and won the Invitation very well a month later reversing the form many lengths. Another interesting anecdote about Stunning: she was to run a graded stakes race in Pune, she was very highly strung she had a lot of ability but it took very little to disturb her, the track at Pune is surrounded by a very busy road, Mr Poonawalla who is a very thorough man and very influential actually got the traffic police to stop all traffic while she was being stalled so that it would be quiet all around, needless to say she got beat! All said and done wow what a mare!
    Adler won via a dq but they broke the record that day, he was trained by Bill Mott and I think he was ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

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