By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
(Ed. note: link to video of race is below. India is a Part II country and grades of races are listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races, however, qualify as Listed black type internationally.)
Myrtlewood (b f 2012 Multidimensional[IRE] – Adamile by Razeen [USA]) won the Eat India Company Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 in brilliant style on December 13 at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai to claim the year’s first Classic, beating her former paddock-mate Star Formation (China Visit[USA] – Prevalence by Razeen[USA]) by a shade over four lengths in the race record time of 1.35.23. The grey Jeanine (Rebuttal[USA] – Ridawana[IRE]) was third a length away and the imported ‘in utero’ Solange (Teofilo – Shadow Roll[IRE]) fourth. The winner and fourth were trained by Pesi Shroff, who was sending out his fifth winner of the race since he forsook his whip and started training a decade ago. Shroff had not trained a Guineas winner last year but he came out of his rather lean trot with a vengeance, saddling three other winners on the day. Usha Stud had also been a bit out of the limelight for a while and so too its stallions Multidimensional and China Visit. Myrtlewood and Star Formation, both bred at Usha Stud, provided a timely boost for both.
Myrtlewood is a full-sister to Amelia, who won the Maj. P.K. Mehra Memorial Super Mile Cup, Gr.1 two years ago. Their dam, Adamile, was also a winner of the same race in her time. Amelia had the misfortune of stumbling and dropping her jockey in the Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 in her year; her sister atoned for that mishap today. Myrtlewood was content to be at the wrong end of the field for most of the mile trip as Dr. Vijay Mallya’s Amazing Charm, a half-sister to his all-conquering filly Amazing Grace, set a fast gallop with Star Formation and Solange in tow. Amazing Charm dropped out on entering the straight and even as Star Formation and Solange were overtaking her, P.S. Chouhan was starting his run on Myrtlewood. The winning filly was in top fear soon and went past Star Formation in a blink. Chouhan, who had piloted Vijays Pride to a victory in this race in the year Myrtlewood was born, thus knotched up his second win. Climbing High, the dam of Adamile, had placed thrice in England at 3 and she was imported by Usha Stud in time for the 1993 covering season. Climbing High, who traces to Eryholme, the third dam of full-brothers Pharos and Fairway, has proved to be a good broodmare; Adamile’s older full-sister Altitude has bred three black-type winners at Usha Stud. Myrtlewood became the fourteenth Indian 1000 Guineas winner bred at the Usha Stud.
The winner is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Mehernosh Deboo, who won this race with Mariinsky after Amelia had fallen in 2013. They race a small string and Pesi Shroff has done rather well for them. Apart from Mariinsky they have also had a cracking good filly earlier in Usha Stud-bred Xisca (by China Visit). They led in another winner in Debby Crane earlier in the day and could have had a treble if the Multidimensional filly Bon Vivant, also trained by Pesi Shroff, had not been withdrawn from her race on veterinary grounds.
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