Pune, 13 October 2014: 11 thoroughbreds have accepted to compete in the prestigious Nanoli Stud Pune Derby (Grade 1) which ran in Pune on Sunday, 12th October 2014. This eminent race is for Indian Horses, 3 years old only. Weights: – Colts and Geldings 56Kg; Fillies 54.5Kg. Distance: 2000M. The 11 horse field comprises Six Fillies & Five Colts/Geldings. Total Stakes of this prestigious race is Rs.83,25,000 and the winner gets Rs.49,95,000. The renowned Pune Derby (Gr.1) is the 7th race in a Card of Nine Events and it is scheduled to be run at 4.00 P.M. In my opinion, the Winner of this esteemed Grade 1 race should emerge from the Trio of Either – Quasar (Suraj Narredu up), Zachary(Akshay up) or Maisha (P. Trevor up). Given hereinafter, are the Trio’s Racing Career Record, Pedigree, good track-work and other relevant data, if any and eventually my final analysis.
Winner: Malesh Narredu trained Quasar had everything going into the Gr 1 Nanoli Stud Pune Derby including a peach of a ride by jockey Suraj Narredu as the three year old colt won the premier event of the season in a record time of 2 minutes 3.04 seconds on Sunday. Favourite Maisha made a valiant bid to catch up with Quasar but fell short in the end while underdog Royal Passion fought great till the distance but gave up in last 200 mtrs.
Socialites and known people of Pune who made their presence at the derby were, Hana Jaliawala – Supermodel cum Socialite, Daksh Oberoi – Entrepreneur, Cyrus Poonawalla, Natasha Poonawalla, Meherangiz Contractor – Socialite, Puneet Kaur – Socialite, Aishwarya Kale – Performer, Damania – Socialite, Dhanlaxmi Khopde – Designer, Hina Madhumal – Designer, Dola – Designer, Priya Sharma – Financial Adviser cum Socialite, Kishore Dhingra – Bollywood movies advisory, Anya Shroff – youngest rider in India and daughter of India’s champion trainer Pesi Shroff.
Nanoli Stud is the fulfilment of a life-long dream. Set up by Khushroo Dhunjibhoy in 1994, the Stud today is the embodiment of one man’s far-sight, vision and dedication to an ideal.
Situated on the banks of the Indrayani River, the Stud is superbly laid out in over 100 hectares of peaceful and verdant sylvan countryside. This carefully selected natural backdrop provides the perfect locale for the breeding of champion thoroughbreds.