Race 1 (0-25)
#3 ICE EMPEROR made up plenty of ground to finish 4th in his latest, despite getting a slow getaway. He can do even better here, if he gets it right at the start. #5 Wing Man failed to confirm his showing in his seasonal debut. If given a bold ride, he can make it. #9 Anafesto has been racing well recently. His yard has entered him for the second meeting in-a-row and it won’t be a surprise if he manages to justify their decision. #6 Al Hamd has shown progress in training and with the in-form Daniel Stackhouse on board, he is worth a thought in this. For the lower placings, #8 Street Boy and #2 Blazing Heart are good contenders.
Top Tip: #3 ICE EMPEROR
Dangers: #5 Wing Man, #9 Anafesto, #6 Al Hamd
Race 2 (B.36)
It is very hard to look beyond #3 MOONEY in the first 1400 metre contest of the day. Winner in his first two starts, he is taken to complete his hat-trick with Robbie Fradd steering him here. #2 Eight Cities showed satisfaction in his debut, landing the final podium spot. He has benefited from that run and can give the favourite a real run for his money. #8 Sarah’s Secret has done nothing wrong since he started his Mauritian career. He should show in this. #9 Rock On Geordies did well to finish 3rd in his latest, despite having a difficult run throughout. He should be in the mix, even in a higher Benchmark. #1 Arctic Flyer is better than what he served up in his latest, while #6 Without A Doubt runs well fresh after a very long rest. Both can make the quartet here.
Top Tip: #3 MOONEY
Dangers: #2 Eight Cities, #8 Sarah’s Secret, #9 Rock On Geordies
Race 3 (B.41)
#2 TOP OF THE ROCK swatted the opposition the opposition aside in the 7th meeting, earning his second win on Mauritian turf. He is in even better condition and can double the score. #5 Hamaan has come out very well from his debut outing. Well-trained, he will relish the longer trip and is capable of making it. #1 Castle last struck in 2015 and along the way, he has struck the woodwork multiple times. It won’t be a surprise if he ends the drought in this, as he is in good order. #7 Imperial Dancer needed the run in his latest. In improved shape, he is entitled to improve. #6 Pop The Question was a slight disappointment in the 6th meeting. He is capable of better and can prove that here. #4 Declarator’s recent form makes good reading and he merits consideration in this.
Top Tip: #2 TOP OF THE ROCK
Dangers: #5 Hamaan, #1 Castle, #4 Declarator
Race 4 (B.46)
#6 Ice Run produced a lacklustre effort last time out. He has shown no problems in training and if he can dictate proceedings, he will be hard to catch. However, the vote is given to #8 RIDING SHOTGUN, who produced an eye-catching debut in the first leg of the Three-year old championship. He is in even better condition and having been drawn in the ace, he should mount a bold bid. #1 Racing For Fun will look to make it third time lucky. He finished 3rd in his seasonal debut, before a runner-up in his latest. He is down a Benchmark and if ridden well, he can strike. #2 Streetbouncer ended his long winless spell just two meetings ago. This Vincent Allet-trained gelding is also down a category and another big run is forthcoming from him. #3 Gimme Green had no problems in his recent start and as he remains in good nick, he can confirm. Similar comments apply to #7 Jambamman, who ended his own drought in his latest.
Top Tip: #8 RIDING SHOTGUN
Dangers: #6 Ice Run, #1 Racing For Fun, #2 Streetbouncer
Race 5 (B.61)
Set off as favourite in his previous race, #4 Yankee Captain did not let himself down. This son of Captain Al remains in top order and he is more than capable of confirming, especially from the ace. #3 THE GREAT ONE has been well-prepared for his debut. A promising sort, he is a strong front runner and can become the latest newcomer to make an instant visit to the winner’s enclosure for Gujadhur stable. #6 Noah’s Ark earned his second win in Mauritius in his latest. He remains in excellent condition and even in a higher Benchmark, he can double the score. Stable mate #8 Purple Tractor was nabbed very late in his recent start, although it was still a genuine attempt from him. It won’t be a surprise to see him go one better this time round. Outsiders worth considering include #1 Zud Wes and #5 Tanjiro.
Top Tip: #3 THE GREAT ONE
Dangers: #4 Yankee Captain, #6 Noah’s Ark, #8 Purple Tractor
Race 6 – The Rotary Club Of Ebene Cup (50+)
This main event over the 1650 metres is a straight fight between #2 Dawn Raid and #4 SOLAR STAR. The former won in his seasonal debut, while the latter was an encouraging 4th in his own seasonal debut. Both horses are in excellent shape and form, and although it is very tough to pick a favourite, marginal preference is for the latter. A case can be made for #9 Independence, who has raced very well so far this season. He has a light handicap and as he is the sole frontrunner in this contest, he can make it all the way. #8 Malak El Moolook has done nothing wrong since returning to competition from a long absence. It would be a mistake to write off his chances here. #6 Oomph will relish the long trip and will be a big danger in the closing stages, while #7 Brilliant Crimson has benefited from his eye-catching debut and should be thereabouts.
Top Tip: #4 SOLAR STAR
Dangers: #2 Dawn Raid, #9 Independence, #8 Malak El Moolook
Race 7 (B.51)
#4 SILVER BLUFF won plenty of admirers in the 5th meeting when he ran on very strongly to land 3rd place. His attitude was first rate in his workouts and is tipped to run a cracker here. #3 Steal A March was awarded the win in the Stewards’ Room in his latest. He remains well and can confirm with Robbie Fradd on board. #1 Chili Con Carne was only beaten by Jolie Roger in his debut and that was in Benchmark 61. In this lower class, he is entitled to go one better. #2 Great Value has come out well from his own debut run and having worked well, he can make his presence felt. #7 Thrust will appreciate running the long trip and having landed the pole position draw, he is not prevented from having a say in this.
Top Tip: #4 SILVER BLUFF
Dangers: #1 Chili Con Carne, #3 Steal A March, #2 Great Value
Race 8 (B.31)
After going close on numerous occasions, #6 Rasta Rebel was able to strike in his latest. Still in good nick, he can confirm. #1 Heart Of Darkness won from start-to-finish in his previous attempt, earning Shirish Narang’s yard their first win of the season. He remains in good condition and his chances of confirming must not be scoffed at. #7 Rock Hard has been a major disappointment since racing in Mauritius. However, he has showed signs of improvement and gave a very good account of himself in his recent attempt. Based on his current form, his first win could be just around the corner. #2 Together Forever has been in the money in both of his two races this season. He is down a category and should be competitive right from the word go. #8 KAPTEINSPANDISEILE has made a genuine start to his Mauritian career. He landed 4th in his debut, before finishing second best to Tweak The Wind last time out. He can make it at the third time of asking. Stable mate #4 It Doesn’t Matter was runner-up to Chester’s Wish last month. Swapneel Rama knows him well and this partnership can pick up another win.
Top Tip: #8 KAPTEINSPANDISEILE
Dangers: #4 It Doesn’t Matter, #6 Rasta Rebel, #7 Rock Hard