Friday, November 27, 2009

Pesi's persistence pays

Well begun: Trainer Pesi Shroff, receiving his first trophy of the fresh Mumbai season from Vivek Jain, chairman of Stewards, RWITC, on the opening day [pic by RS Gupta (c) RWITC]

ACE JOCKEY-turned-trainer Pesi Shroff did the incredible at the Mahalaxmi racecourse on Thursdayhe led in six winners on a single card, creating a new record for the western India racing circuit! The old record had stood jointly in the name of trainers Imtiaz Sait and Dallas Todywalla who had won five races each on one card.

Shroff's winners were Jacqueline, Petra, Onassis, Astral Flash, Bright Future and Star Alliance, and interestingly, all of them were ridden by foreign jockeys.

Jockey Paul Mulrennan opened Pesi Shroff's account for the day with Vijay Shirke and KN Dhunjibhoy's Jacqueline, who toyed with her solitary rival to win the Maharaja Of Morvi Trophy, the feature event of the day. The same jockey steered another Shroff runner, Petra, for a back to back victory when he bagged the Mayor's Trophy. Immediately in the next race, Brazilian S A DeSousa thrashed a class IV field by six-and-a-half lengths, astride yet another Shroff ward, Onassis, owned by the same owners in partnership with Farouq Rattonsey.

Shroff's fans went delirious with joy after this hat-trick, but soon discovered they had more to cheer about. The next race saw C D Hayes driving Vijay Mallya's Astral Flash, saddled by none other than Shroff, to win the Mathradas Goculdas Trophy as the shortest priced favourite of the day. This victory also created yet another unique record which may not be broken in a hurry. Shroff became the first trainer in history to lead in as winners the first five horses saddled by him in a fresh season.

Shroff's winning juggernaut was halted, albeit temporarily, by none other than his own brother-in-law, trainer Nosher Cama, when Pure Elation decisively beat De Nada (S A DeSousa up). But he soon bounced back winning both the upper and lower divisions of the Ancient Warrior Plate with the Jhangiani family's Bright Future (Paul Mulrennan up) and Vijay Mallya's Star Alliance.

"Destiny has a hand in records of such magnitude," Shroff was modest when speaking to MiD DAY after the races, "such feats can only humble you when you know that you have always worked hard, but luck has chosen this special day for you. I feel especially happy for my staff because their hard work has finally been recognized."
[© MiD DAY]


  1. It was high time luck smiled on Pesi baba. The contest was getting onesided with only CDK's star shining bright all the time.

  2. a dry day. have the scope to learn something from knowledgeable guys. at race course it is often heard that this horse has given /conceded --- kgs. to that horse. in prev. run distance between these two horses were -- lengths. so this time this is better by -- lengths.
    ultimately they play & there any authentic calculation? if so what's it?

  3. Naren. said...
    Dear prakashji,
    I don't know what is happning to Finoo III.PLEASE DON'T LOOSE HEART.I reuqest you once again to give your selections 1/2 an hour before the first race.Racing is my hobby not the proffesion it is not possible to remain in the race course for the whole time.PLEASE CONSIDER MY VERY LONG STNDING REQUEST AT LEAST GIVE ME YOUR REPLY.If you are not ready to give your selections 1/2 an hour before the first race I WITH LOTS OF PAIN HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE TO MY DEAR FINOO.Please think of it, do you want people like me to stay back in the race course at the cost of most valuable time.It is only my request please don't mistake me.Any way I wish you a grand success in your effort to help the people who are in the cluthes of the difficult to beat game.

    Nov 26, 2009 8:02:00 AM
    Dear Prakashji,
    With great expectations of getting a +tive response I am posting the same text again.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Prakash,
    How are you? Missing you,

  5. hi sir
    how are you?
    kindly write some thing about foregin jockey and please rate them also

    S De Souza, P.Mulrennan, M.Fenton,
    C D Hayes, David Allen,
    Daniel Grant,James Doyle
    S.Carson A.Nicholls,
    Neil Mccullagh ,Samuel Fargeat ,
    R P Cleary
    and others if any


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