1st Race (0-15)

#4 BLACK GAMBIT looks the one to side with in this ordinary contest. He has benefited from his seasonal debut and can mount a bold bid with Cedric Segeon on board. #2 Vintage Angel has finished in 4th in both of his two races this season. Running again for a second week and in a lower class, he can make his presence felt. #5 Bridegroom Bertie did not disgrace himself in the second meeting. He was only 4.2 lengths behind Al Firenze, despite being stuck wide. In this contest, he merits consideration. #6 Commodus has winning form in this category. He has been well-prepared for his seasonal bow and he is capable of breaking through. #8 Mr Oshkosh and #7 Magic Jay are two good place bets.


Dangers: #2 Vintage Angel, #5 Bridegroom Bertie, #6 Commodus


2nd Race (B.31 – 990m)

#5 ZODIAC JACK copied Baritone in the Duchess Of York Cup meeting, making a direct visit to the winner’s enclosure on his debut for Jean-Michel Henry. He has progressed even further and is taken to double the score. #2 Mooney won on his own debut in the second meeting. In good shape, he can rattle the selection here. #10 Storm Clipper was only good enough for 4th last time out. He has drawn well and should go very close. #4 Rumbullion showed up very well in his recent attempt and that was in a higher division. Now back in Benchmark 31, he will be a big threat, if he can overcome his wide draw. #1 Megamuhti finished a good-looking second in his latest. If he can reproduce that run, he can go one better. #7 Philosopher makes his debut here. He has caught the eye in his workouts and it is worth keeping an eye on him.


Dangers: #2 Mooney, #10 Storm Clipper, #1 Megamuhti


3rd Race (B.36)

#10 PHOENIX RISING produced an eye-catching performance on his debut. He was 4th, but only 0.4 lengths behind the dead-heaters Melson and Pride Rock. He has come out very well from that run and as he hails from an in-form yard, he can run a cracker here. #6 Maestro’s Salute finished like a bullet in his latest. It was only good enough to complete the quartet, as he missed the start. He should have no problems tackling the 1400 metre trip and if he can get a good start, he can make it. #3 Golden Ball won three times in his debut season and never finished outside of the podium in his other races. Well-trained, he is a major player in this. #1 Brave Leader was last seen finishing runner-up to Imperial Dancer in the International meeting. If he can dictate proceedings, he can go one better. #8 Mount Fuji performed genuinely in 2017. His draw may be a major concern but if he follows well, he can get right in the finish. #5 Flower Blue and #9 Euroklidon must not be discounted in this.


Dangers: #6 Maestro’s Salute, #3 Golden Ball, #1 Brave Leader


4th Race (B.41)

A good number of pretenders for victory in the first 1600 metre race of the season. The vote is given to #2 SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS, who did what he could in the second meeting. He will appreciate running over a far longer trip and can open Imran Chisty’s account for the season. #6 Declarator gave it everything he got in his own seasonal debut. He was second best then and based on his current form, it won’t be a surprise if he goes one better. #8 Pop The Question managed to break the ice in the opening meeting. Still in good nick, he can confirm. #3 Castle’s form makes good reading and having been drawn in pole position, he warrants serious consideration. #5 Emaar and #4 Elysian Park are both expected to show improvement, while #9 Swinging Captain has always showed up well and is not prevented from opening his seasonal account at the first time of asking.


Dangers: #6 Declarator, #8 Pop The Question, #3 Castle


5th Race (B.46)

#3 ICE RUN had no answer to Argo Solo in his latest. He can go one better here. #7 Wavebreaker finally managed to break the ice last time out. He remains in good order and has a genuine chance of doubling the score in this. #1 Desert Fighter is a promising newcomer. He won three times back in South Africa. He has showed up well in his trials and he is capable of striking at the first time of asking. Fellow debutant #6 Barak Lavan is also a promising sort and he has competed against some good horses. In good condition, he cannot be dismissed. #2 Soweto Moon has a legitimate chance from the ace, while #5 Schachar is rated as an interesting outsider.

Top Tip: #3 ICE RUN

Dangers: #7 Wavebreaker, #1 Desert Fighter, #2 Soweto Moon


6th Race – Le Mauricien.com – La Coupe Du Cent Cinquantenaire (Group 3)

#2 BARITONE became a household name when he won the Duchess Of York Cup in comfortable fashion. He is in even better shape and should produce another big run here. However, it won’t be easy for him. There is the presence of #7 Hard Day’s Night and he scored a terrific win in the second meeting’s main race. Still in top order and with Juan Paul Van der Merwe riding in confidence, he is in with a genuine chance. The duo of #5 Ready To Attack and #1 Table Bay had to settle for second best in their recent attempts. Their chances in this contest look very strong, even if the latter has been drawn widest of all. #8 Prince Of Wales made some impression in the first classic of the season. He has continued to progress and is worth a serious thought in this. #3 Ten Gun Salute has benefited from his debut outing. He looked in good nick at track work and he should be bang in the shake up. Stable mate #4 Karraar is capable of going one better and it won’t be a surprise if he does so, while #11 Do Be Snappy can crack the placings, even in this very tough field.

Top Tip: #2 BARITONE

Dangers: #5 Ready To Attack, #7 Hard Day’s Night, #1 Table Bay


7th Race (B.31)

#1 JULLIDAR ran into Rebel Alliance in the second meeting, continuing a run of near misses. He is tipped to go one better this time round. #7 Noordhoek Ice had no answer to Duke The Duke in his recent attempt. He has a chance of setting the record straight here. #3 It Doesn’t Matter was unable to make his presence felt last time out. He is given another chance and having showed up very well at track work, he should be right in the mix. #4 Kimberley performed very consistently throughout his debut season. He runs well fresh and merits respect, even if he has been drawn widest of all. #8 Studiolo was unfortunate not to strike in the opening meeting. He has been drawn in the ace and it won’t be a surprise if he rebounds here. #10 Klopp and #11 Al Hamd are two good place bets.

Top Tip: #1 JULLIDAR

Dangers: #7 Noordhoek Ice, #3 It Doesn’t Matter, #8 Studiolo


8th Race (0-25)

#7 A P STRIKE produced a bold attempt in the third meeting, finally managing to get the monkey off his back. He is on good terms with himself and he can confirm with Akshay Balloo on board once again. #8 Billy Bojangles did what he could in his latest. With Richard Oliver up this time round, he is a big runner in this. #1 Al Firenze ended his long drought in his latest. Juan Paul Van der Merwe will take command this time round and if he is able to overcome his average draw, he can confirm. #5 Starsky was always thereabouts in the second half of last season. He has been working well and is capable of making the frame. For the lower placings, #6 Halabaloo and #2 Blue Jeans are good contenders.

Top Tip: #7 A P STRIKE

Dangers: #8 Billy Bojangles, #1 Al Firenze, #5 Starsky