Shapoor Mistry, one of the finest gentlemen who takes great pride in breeding and racing horses, is also sponsor of the Gr 3, Colts' and Fillies' Championship races at Mumbai. These races offer extremely generous purses, but the RWITC management has been doing a great disservice to this man.
His races are framed when the March sun breathes fire from above--and especially after all the serious action gets practically over. No wonder, barring Quasar in 2014 (and perhaps his own bred Pronto Pronto in 2011), these races failed to attract the young talent that the purse deserves.
What you see above, inside the yellow question mark, is a horse named San Martino, runner up of the grade 3, Shapoorji Pallonji Colts' Championship who could not beat, despite receiving weight from all, an absolutely ordinary set of older rivals in class III on Sunday, when racing as a piping-hot, on-money favourite. In fact, Star Councillor, who won that race and took home over Rs 15 lakh, was a maiden despite four attempts!
I have nothing against these ordinary horses who are lucky to steal such prize money (good luck to their connections!), but it does great injustice to the sponsor who shells out big money. It is time the club seriously considers framing both the Championship races in late January to attract better horses.
It really should not matter that the richest juveniles race, the Gr 1, Poonawalla Breeders Multi-Million, would be only 3 weeks away. I am sure many trainers who feel their talented youngsters are suitable for the mile trip will prefer grooming them for the Colts and Fillies Championship.