James Underwood's European Racing and Breeding Digest
Razeen sires his forth Indian Derby winner
Ameeta Mehra's Northern Dancer horse Razeen added another Indian Derby to his record when his son Southern Regent, who had looked a bit unlucky not to win the 2,000 Guineas, stayed on strongly to win this year's version of the race by three lengths from the Al Nasr Alwasheek filly Farida Kahloo and Stormtrooper's son Flavius Victor. The Latter pair carried the Dhunjibhoy colours.
The 1,000 Gns and Oaks winner Venus Arising, bred like Southern Regent at the Mehra-owned Usha Stud, got a poor ride on this occasion and was a fast finishing fifth. The winner is trained by Bangalore-based Ganapathy for India's biggest owner M A M Ramaswamy.
Southern Regent's dam Allinda is by the Vaguley Noble horse Treasure Leaf, who comes from Glint of Gold's family, and out of the Habitat mare Lady Harriet, who was closely related to Montiverdi and is dam of an Indian Derby, Enrico, herself.