Only three runners from two yards have been entered in the Mauritius Derby Cup, the third and final leg of the Four-year old championship. In effect, it is a straight fight in the family as Ramapatee Gujadhur and Rameshwar Gujadhur go eyeball to eyeball in the second Group 1 contest of 2018.

It is Rameshwar Gujadhur that bagged this race last year, courtesy of Hard Day’s Night. Ridden by Girish Goomany, he comfortably beat his stable companion Orange Tractor, with the Vincent Allet-trained duo of Netflix and New Hampshire 3rd and 4th respectively.

Off the back of his majestic win in the IndianOil Barbe Cup, TABLE BAY will be looking to win his second Group 1 race. He remains in excellent shape and form, and the fact that he is the highest-rated horse in the field is an advantage, considering that this race is at level weight. Daniel Stackhouse rides him once again and he is rated as the one to beat.

THE GREAT ONE immediately put his name to succeed Hard Day’s Night as Four-year old champion, following his gutsy win in the Mauritius Guineas (Group 2). He has 7 points to his name, 3 behind pacesetter Lee’s Star. 

This New Zealand-bred horse remains in good nick and he will have no problems tackling the 1850 metres, considering he once finished 3rd in a Merit Rating 94 contest over 1900 metres in his homeland. He will look to dictate his own terms once again, and with his jockey Imran Chisty an excellent judge of pace, it won’t be a surprise to see him make it two wins in succession.

I TRAVEL LIGHT represents Rameshwar Gujadhur’s yard in this contest. Having arrived with an eye-catching C.V, he has yet to crack the placings so far, although his two performances have hardly been disgraceful. He appears to be in improved condition and he will appreciate the 1850 metres. With the in-form Juan Paul van derMerwe on board once again, he is entitled to go very close.