By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
(Ed. note: link to video of race below. Grades of races listed for informational purposes only. All Indian graded races qualify as Listed black type internationally.)
Myrtlewood (Multidimensional – Adamile) added the Villoo Poonawalla Indian Oaks, Gr.1 to her Eat India Company Indian 1000 Guineas, Gr.1 to bag a splendid Classic double at Mahalakshmi racecourse today. She sailed away to an effortless and emphatic four length victory over Chef d’Oeuvre (Iffraaj – Aliwiyya) with Waveafterwave (Arabian Gulf – Royal Liverpool) and Shivalik Heroine (Orpen – Ifni) third and fourth. The time of 2.30.72 was the third fastest for this 2400m race. Myrtlewood, who was bred at Ms. Ameeta Mehra’s Usha Stud, is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Mehernosh Deboo. For the owners and jockey P.S. Chouhan it was their first success in the race but it was the 13th for Usha Stud and fifth for trainer Pesi Shroff, who also sent out the runner-up.
There were some doubts about the ability of the winner to get the trip. These emanated from the fact that she had raced just once — when she was unplaced — beyond a mile in her short career. Her full-sister Amelia and the dam Adamile were also crack milers. What helped her was her abundant class, her relaxed temperament which allows her to settle in a race, and that she was unbeaten on the Mahalakshmi track. To that you can add the fact that Usha Stud has a good record in the races sponsored by the Poonawallas, who are that nursery’s staunch competitors! It was a splendid day for the stallion Multidimensional and Usha Stud as they won two other races on the undercard with Your Royal Highness and Devoted Eyes to record a treble.
There were 17 runners in the race and the field included the 1-2 in the Oaks run earlier at Calcutta and Hyderabad, as well the Bangalore Oaks runner-up Heaven Is Here, a Multidimensional filly running in Ms. Ameeta Mehra’s own colors. Heaven Is Here finished two short-heads behind the third placed Waveafterwave. It was a race run at a true pace and the fillies spread right across the track as they entered the straight. Chouhan brought Myrtlewood closer to the stand rail than the running rail and in the twinkling of an eye she grabbed the initiative and galloped away. Multidimensional works well with Razeen mares and of his eleven Classic winners only one is free of Razeen. Myrtlewood traces to Eryholme and a branch of the immediate family has done well in Australia. Some years back, Usha Stud had received an offer from Australia for Adamile. The offer was politely refused. Amelia and Myrtlewood have vindicated the refusal.
The day’s sport was witnessed by delegates to the 36th Asian Racing Conference which is being held in Mumbai.
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