The Mitavite – Retired Racehorses Committee Cup takes centre stage in the final meeting before the Air Mauritius Maiden Cup. It is a special day, as legends that have graced Mauritian turf will be in the limelight. Most of them will return to Champ de Mars, where they will be paraded in front of the race goers and memories of their success will come flooding back.
This season has seen numerous horses becoming household names and one which has certainly come to the fort is HARD DAY’S NIGHT, who is fresh off the back of his exploits in the Four-year old championship. He is rated as the one to beat in this 1650 metre race, although there are nine other competitors who will all want to have a say.
HARD DAY’S NIGHT was a big contender in the Vocalcom Duchess Of York Cup, but he ran into major misfortune. Since then, it has been near perfect sailing for this Rameshwar Gujadhuur-trained competitor. He took control of the Four-year old championship by winning the second leg, and after being confirmed as champion, he well and truly hit the exclamation point in the final leg.
He comes into this race still in top order and with Girish Goomany retaining the ride; he can make it a hat-trick of wins.
READY TO ATTACK (Steven Arnold) was the centre of attention when he took the honours in the opening classic of the season. Issues meant he did not race again until the 19th meeting, where he scored a pillar to post. His connections are of the opinion that there is plenty more to come from him, and his chances of completing a hat-trick of his own look strong.
AWESOME ADAM (Ryan Wiggins) represents the yard of Vincent Allet in this contest. He was last seen finishing a creditable 5th in the Blue Label Barbe Cup, clocking the best chronos over the final 600 metres. He looked in good order in his workouts and it is correct to say that he is rated as a major player in this.
Champion trainer Gilbert Rousset needs only one win to reach the landmark of 800 and it would be fitting if this achievement occurred in this feature race. He has entered ARGUN (Donovan Dillion) and EVEREST (Nishal Teeha). The former was narrowly beaten by the irresistible Black Tractor in his latest, while the latter had to settle for 3rd on Barbe Cup day. Both horses have worked well and have genuine chances here.
SPEED LIMIT was unbeaten throughout his debut season in 2016. This season has been a different story, as he has only made the podium just once. It is his first try over 1650 metres, which should not be an issue for him. Brad Pengelly will be on board and he can make the frame.
TOP JET (Jeanot Bardottier) is the second runner of Ricky Maingard stable. After showing up well in his first three starts of the season, he finally managed to break the ice with Muzi Yeni in race meeting 13. He failed to confirm in his follow-up, finishing dead last in fact. This grey horse showed nothing wrong in his exercises, but his best bet is a place in the quartet.
OLE GUNNAR (Kersley Ramsamy) makes only his third appearance. He did not show much in each of his first two outings. He has been working on endurance at track work and he is rated as an interesting outsider in this contest.
DREAMFOREST (Sunil Bussunt) and KINGMAMBO’S LEGACY – two pure stayers from Preetam Daby’s yard complete the line up. The former needed the run in the Golden Trophy meeting, while his new stable companion makes his debut, having arrived with a handy reputation. It is correct to say that both competitors are ones to keep an eye on, especially in the future.