Of the nine runners entered in this Saturday’s main event – The Rotary Club Of Ebene Cup (50+), there are a few that are widely expected to feature in the Maiden Cup in early-September.
This 1650 metre race is a duel between SOLAR STAR and DAWN RAID, two star performers of 2017. Whilst the former was crowned champion stayer, the latter rose through the ratings with five wins, including a Group 2. On Saturday, both are making their second appearances of the season.
SOLAR STAR (Jameer Allyhosain) returned to competition in the 6th meeting. He produced an honourable showing, finishing 4th, 3 lengths behind stable mate Hard Day’s Night. He has benefited hugely from that run and as he is in top order, and is running over a longer trip, he is tipped to produce a bold attempt here.
DAWN RAID (Swapneel Rama) made his seasonal debut in the 5th meeting, winning a thriller by beating Easy Lover by a mere 0.02 lengths. This son of Lateral is in excellent condition and is another horse that will appreciate the longer trip. It won’t be a surprise if he manages to double the score.
The yard of Jean-Michel Henry will be looking to follow up their success in the Trophee Du Bicentenaire Du MTC. They are represented by OOMPH (Cedric Segeon) and EASY LOVER (Rakesh Bhaugeerothee).
Following an under-par showing in his seasonal debut, OOMPH completed the quartet in the first leg in the Group 3 Derby Trial Cup. In doing so, he clocked the best chronos over the final 400 metres. He will relish the longer trip and based on his good workouts, he is rated as a good chance in this.
Stable mate EASY LOVER was very unlucky to be on the wrong side of a photo-finish involving himself and Dawn Raid in the 5th meeting. However, he did not show a lot in his last start and was unplaced. He is capable of far better and if he is able to reproduce his seasonal debut, he won’t be very far away.
MALAK EL MOOLOOK (Akshay Balloo) represents Gujadhur stable in this contest. After just two outings in his debut season, he made his return to competition in the 5th meeting, finished 4th. He then followed that with a 3rd in his latest. He is in good condition and he should have no issues tackling the longer trip. He is capable of having a say in this.
BRILLIANT CRISMON (Ioannis Poulis) produced an encouraging showing on his debut. He finished 5th, 3.6 lengths behind Nottinghamshire, but he was just 1.5 lengths behind the second placed Seventh Plain and he could even have made the quartet, if he did not receive crowding in the very late stages. This Shirish Narang-trained gelding has come out well from that run and showed up very well in training. In this contest, he warrants plenty of respect.
TEN GUN SALUTE (Robbie Fradd) did what he could last time out, when he finished 5th, 4 lengths behind Hard Day’s Night. He has looked pretty solid in his workouts and the longer trip is in his favour. He should make his presence felt in this.
INDEPENDENCE (Dinesh Sooful) has made a genuine start to the season. He earned Juan Paul Van derMerwe his first win by scoring a pillar to post, before finishing 3rd in his last start, beaten by Yankee Captain by half a length. In good shape and form, he appears to be the sole front runner in this and is not prevented from going all the way.
PRINCE OF WALES (Kersley Ramsamy) completes the line-up. After a good showing in the Duchess Of York Cup, he was average in his last start. He is expected to improve and is rated as an interesting outsider here.