MUMBAI—Dr. Vijay Mallya’s Burden of Proof [IRE] filly Siachen is named after the glacier in the Eastern Karakoram Range which is the world’s highest battleground. With a name like that, it was no surprise that she triumphed in the three-way cat-fight fought at sea level on the Mahalakshmi track in the G1 Giantti by Gitanjali Lifestyle Indian 1000 Guineas, pegging back Moonlight Romance in the last 50 metres to win by a length. The same margins separated the third placed Eloise and Blackjack who was fourth (see video below). Siachen’s winning time of 1.37.95 was 0.37 second slower than the same owner’s brilliant filly Set Alight’s two years ago but 0.47 faster than that recorded by Jacqueline last December, and for her effort she was rewarded with Rs. 2,667,000.
Moonlight Romance, in keeping with the expectations, started the favourite at 18/10 while Siachen was next in demand at 11/4. Also as expected, the three pacemakers—Serenity (for Eloise), Scarlette (for Siachen) and Sun Elegance doing the job for the favourite—rushed to the head of affairs as soon as the gates opened. When Sun Elegance won that particular battle to lead the field by about three lengths, the other two retired. The two market leaders improved their position approaching the bend and as Sun Elegance continued to hold advantage, the favourite was running in the centre of the track while Siachen was wider out. As they straightened, Moonlight Romance moved right to the running rail and as her pacemaker shifted out, she had a perfect opening to come through and grab the lead about 400 metres from home.
Immediately, Moonlight Romance had a fight on her hands as first Scarlette and Eloise challenged her. Scarlette fell away only for her bracket-mate Siachen to join the other two and the three fillies were abreast. The favourite and Eloise were flat out, Siachen was full of running. Moonlight Romance saw Eloise off but had nothing left to ward off Siachen on whom Chris Hayes put away the whip after administering a couple of cracks to ride the filly hands and heels. Blackjack finished on from well back without ever looking threatening.
For Dr. Mallya this was the fourth victory in the race after Secret Star, Six Speed and Set Alight; second for jockey Chris Hayes—he rode Set Alight—and Dr. Mallya’s Kunigal Stud, the previous one having come way back in 1956 with Titwillow; and the first for trainer Jaggy Dhariwal. Siachen’s sire Burden of Proof [IRE] has produced a dozen classic winners in India but this was his first in an Indian classic (the classics at Mahalakshmi).
Siachen’s dam, Indian Mission [USA] by Miswaki, was among the fillies that Dr. Mallya bought in the early 1990s for racing in England. Her trainer Rae Guest, however, could never get a race out of her and she retired to Kunigal Stud unraced. Previously, she has had three winners—all by different stallions—but her two earlier foals by Burden of Proof [IRE] failed to win. After Siachen, she remained barren two years running to the same stallion and has a yearling filly by Tejano [USA]. She was not covered in 2009 while she has not held to her 2010 covering by Burden of Proof[IRE].
Sadler’s Wells has had a few very good ones out of Miswaki mares with Galileo an outstanding name to quote. Burden of Proof [IRE] is by Fairy King, a full-brother to Sadler’s Wells. Siachen is inbred 4×4 to Buckpasser and 5×5 to Native Dancer, Princequillo and Hail to Reason. She traces back to Boudoir II, the ancestress of Graustark, His Majesty, Hippodamia, Majestic Prince, Secreto and others.
Appentice jockey A. Sandesh rode a four-timer today. He did not have a runner in Guineas. Pesi Shroff sent out three winners, all bred at the Usha Stud. Shroff’s runner Eloise was only third in the big race while Usha Stud had to be content with Moonlight Romance’s second. That would have been particularly disappointing for that farm because today Star Warrior was beaten only a head in the Golconda 1000 Guineas at Hyderabad by Astounding Gallop, a son of the Shadeed horse Gaswar. Like Star Warrior, Ciel Indienne had travelled from Mumbai for the race in Hyderabad so it is unlikely that they will take part in the Indian 2000 Guineas next Sunday.
Siachen, as mentioned earlier, had won the Bangalore Fillies’ Trial Stakes in the summer and then missed the Derby Bangalore because of shin problems. In her absence, Moonlight Romance won that race beating Sun Kingdom and its form continues to hold good. Moonlight Romance was a gallant second today while yesterday in Bangalore Sun Kingdom wo