1st Race (0-25)
#2 PERPLEXING managed to make it count at the third time of asking in his last attempt, earning Daniel Stackhouse his first win in Mauritius. He remains in excellent shape and form, and having been entered in a lower category, he is tipped to double the score. #4 St Arnault also struck in his recent outing and his chances of confirming must not be scoffed at. #1 Blazing Heart looked a winner in his latest, only to be piped at the death by Ice Emperor. He is capable of bouncing back here. #6 Starsky was the best of the rest behind Jals Tiger in the 13th meeting. With Brandon Louis on board, he is entitled to have a say in this. #5 Halabaloo was a slight deception just two meetings ago. He has proven hard to beat when on song and is worth a thought in this contest.
Top Tip: #2 PERPLEXING
Dangers: #4 St Arnault, #1 Blazing Heart, #6 Starsky
2nd Race (B.36)
#4 Rock On Geordies managed to open his Mauritian account in his latest, thanks to Jameer Allyhosain’s bold ride. Still in top order, he can confirm. #3 CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN did well to complete the podium in the second leg of the Three-year old series, despite being stuck wide in the early stages of the race. He should go very far here, having progressed even further. #8 In Your Dreams produced a genuine account of himself in his last showing. If he can reproduce that run, he will be hard to stop.#2 Arctic Flyer has been inconsistent so far in 2018, although he was unfortunate in his previous attempt, as he ran out of galloping room in the final few metres. He has the capabilities to go very close here. #6 Golden Ball did not show much in his seasonal debut. Back from a break, he has shown up well in training and is capable of making his presence felt.
Top Tip: #3 CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Dangers: #4 Rock On Geordies, #8 In Your Dreams, #2 Arctic Flyer
3rd Race (B.41)
Set off as favourite in the 11th meeting, #1 RIDING SHOTGUN finished 3rd after finishing strongly. Down a Benchmark and off the back of a convincing barrier trial, he should run a cracker here. #5 Freddie Flint showed plenty of progress in his latest, landing 4th place. He is capable of giving the favourite something to think about. #6 Gameloft is much better than what he served up in his latest. Even from an awkward draw, his chances must be respected. #4 Wall Tag is a promising newcomer at Vincent Allet’s yard, and has not taken long to show his potential in training. His wide draw is a concern, but if he can follow well, he can be thereabouts. #2 Chosen Path and #7 Baron Bellet, who has been well-prepared for his return to competition, are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #1 RIDING SHOTGUN
Dangers: #5 Freddie Flint, #6 Gameloft, #4 Wall Tag
4th Race (B.51)
#8 Glorious Goodwood justified his status as hot favourite in the MTC Bicentenary Trophy meeting. He is climbing up two categories but based on his current form, he has a chance of confirming. #1 Racing For Fun ran away with the win in his latest, not only opening his account for the season, but launching Brandon Louis’ winning run of form. This partnership is more than capable of doubling the score. #7 Promissory rediscovered his true form in his last attempt, even if he was second best to Jambamman. He has worked well and even from his wide draw, he should go very close. #4 ARGO SOLO’S last run must be consigned to the dustbin, as he ran into major misfortune. Freshened up, he has landed the pole position draw, and it won’t be a surprise to see him resume his winning ways. #5 Burg was an eye-catching 4th in the 9th meeting and that was in Benchmark 56. In this field, he makes plenty of appeal. #10 Northern Rebel and #6 Mutzi are two good place bets.
Top Tip: #4 ARGO SOLO
Dangers: #1 Racing For Fun, #7 Promissory, #8 Glorious Goodwood
5th Race (B.56)
This 990 metre contest features two very promising sorts making their debuts. #3 Ideal Secret is the highest rated arrival at Ricky Maingard’s yard this season and is a horse that is widely tipped to have a bright future on Mauritian turf. He has excelled in his workouts and from his perfect draw; he is more than capable of striking first time out. #1 AL MARIACHI created a buzz in South Africa last season, winning a Group 3 and a Listed Race. He is another horse that is one for the future. He has showed complete satisfaction in training and his chances are genuine here. #5 Answeringenesis was stuck wide throughout in his latest. He is worth another look and even in a higher category, he warrants serious consideration in this. #9 Wavebreaker is another horse that is competing in a higher division. He does have strong form over this short trip and he is in with a chance. For the lower placings, #7 Rogue Runner and #8 Streetbouncer are good contenders.
Top Tip: #1 AL MARIACHI
Dangers: #3 Ideal Secret, #5 Answeringenesis, #9 Wavebreaker
6th Race – The Radio Plus 16th Anniversary Trophy – Winter Stakes (Group 3)
#2 Dawn Raid was the bridesmaid to stable mate Ten Gun Salute in the 11th meeting. In good form, and with Robbie Fradd steering him for the first time, he can go one better. #1 Parachute Man has come out very well from his eye-catching seasonal debut. He looks to be back to his optimal form and his yard is expecting him to make it. #6 DISCO AL may have finished 6th in his last start, but it is worth remembering that he was running over the Draper’s Mile. He even clocked the best chronos over the final 600 metres. He has shown up very well at track work and he can better his second place in last year’s race. Defending race winner #3 Solar Star is capable of much better than last time. The in-form Juan Paul Van derMerwe rides him for the first time and is rated as a big player in this. #8 M L Jet is in better shape and form compared to earlier this season. The longer trip is in his favour and he can be in the mix here. Stable companion and debutant #5 Our Emperor is a promising sort and must be watched very closely, while #7 Dreamforest is not prevented from doubling the score, following his surprising win in his latest.
Top Tip: #6 DISCO AL
Dangers: #1 Parachute Man, #2 Dawn Raid, #3 Solar Star
7th Race (B.31)
#2 JULLIDAR has not struck since his last-gasp win in last season’s Maiden Cup meeting. However, it has not been for the want of trying as he has struck the woodwork on multiple occasions. Having drawn well, he can set the record straight. #9 New Golden Age has been very consistent in his performances so far in 2018. He has been drawn in the ace and will look to capitalize on any slip up from the favourite. #7 Uncle JB finished like a bullet just two meetings ago. If he follows well, he will be a genuine threat in the closing stages. #1 Biometric has benefited from his debut outing. In improved condition, he will relish the longer trip and can be thereabouts.
Top Tip: #2 JULLIDAR
Dangers: #9 New Golden Age, #7 Uncle JB, #1 Biometric
8th Race (0-26)
Ignore the run of #1 A P Strike in last Saturday’s Barbe Cup meeting. He was stuck three wide throughout and finished very far behind the winner. He should have no problems in this category and should be competitive right from the offset. #5 Gstaad has finished 2nd and 3rd in the two races since striking in the third meeting. If he can dictate proceedings here, he will be hard to stop. #4 First Crusade has made a good start to life in Mauritius, finishing 4th and 3rd in his first two attempts. He has continued to progress and he should be right in the mix here. #9 Red Line Captain has been well-prepared for his debut. A promising sort, he is not prevented from striking at the first time of asking. #7 LOGAN finished strongly to land 2nd in his latest. He can go one better here with Brandon Louis on board. #3 Captain Moss will appreciate running in this class, and from his pole position draw, he can make the frame.
Top Tip: #7 LOGAN
Dangers: #9 Red Line Captain, #1 A P Strike, #5 Gstaad