Race 1 (0-20)
Can #2 ANTON RUSKIN finally get the monkey off his back? He comes into this race having struck the woodwork on four successive occasions, and he has an excellent chance of putting things right this time round. #10 Kash Is King finished well on Maiden Cup day, completing the quartet. He is rated as the biggest threat to the favourite. #3 It’s My Party has not finished very far behind the winner in all of his three races in 2018. He is capable of having a say on proceedings. #8 Tigre Libre was last seen landing 4th place in the 16th meeting. He has benefited from a break and is entitled to do even better from his pole position draw. #1 King’s Salute showed some progress in his last start, and having worked well, he can sneak into the placings.
Top Tip: #2 ANTON RUSKIN
Dangers: #10 Kash Is King, #3 It’s My Party, #8 Tigre Libre
Race 2 (B.31)
A wide open contest over the Draper’s Mile and it is worth seriously considering many runners for the first leg of the Place Accumulator. #1 AFDEEK had no problems in opening his account in the Golden Trophy meeting. He remains in top order and can confirm. Even so, he won’t have everything in his favour. There is the presence of #3 Imperial Dancer, who has finished in the placings in his last few races. Now running in Benchmark 31, he can produce a competitive showing. #5 Newsman comes into this race on the back of two consecutive wins and it won’t be a surprise if he manages to seal his hat-trick here. #10 Volatile Energy was good enough for 3rd in his latest. This Shirish Narang-trained horse can do even better this time round, having been drawn in the ace. #8 Kapteinspandiseile has performed genuinely in his debut season so far. He merits the greatest of respect in this contest. #6 Prince Lateral can go one better if he gets it right at the start, while #9 Zen Master and #2 Euroklidon are both capable of making their presence felt.
Top Tip: #1 AFDEEK
Dangers: #3 Imperial Dancer, #8 Kapteinspandiseile, #5 Newsman
Race 3 (B.36)
#2 Sierra Redwood may not have confirmed in his latest, but he was hardly disgraced, especially over the 1450 metres. Having showed up well in his exercises, he can get back on the winning trail. #4 Galtero is given another chance here, after failing to turn up last time out. This Simon Jones-trained gelding has winning form in this category and he should be right in the finish. #1 Apple Jack’s sole win in Mauritius has occurred in this Benchmark. He is an inconsistent performer, but if he is on good terms with himself here, he will be hard to stop. #5 HENRY TUDOR had to settle for second best behind Sky High Flyer on his debut. Another class dropper, he is in excellent condition and is tipped to go one better. #3 Cape Horn and #8 A P Strike are solid contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #5 HENRY TUDOR
Dangers: #4 Galtero, #2 Sierra Redwood, #1 Apple Jack
Race 4 (B.41)
#4 Duke The Duke produced a cracker of a showing last time out, striking for the second time this season. A reproduction of that run can see him double the score. #1 Crazy Vision is down a Benchmark compared to his first two outings. His yard is on a strong run of form and a big run is expected from him here. #9 SECRET IDEA had to settle for 3rd in his previous attempt. Well-trained and having been drawn in the ace, he is tipped to run a cracker. #3 Amritsar did not show much in his first two races here. However, he appears to be in good shape and is not prevented from having a say in this. #7 Top Of The Rock and #2 Kalinago are good place contenders, while #5 Flight School has worked well in preparation for his debut, and must be watched closely.
Top Tip: #9 SECRET IDEA
Dangers: #4 Duke The Duke, #1 Crazy Vision, #3 Amritsar
Race 5 (B.51)
Having arrived with a very promising reputation, #1 Purple Tractor has only shown flashes of his ability. He did not disgrace himself in his latest and as he has dropped down a Benchmark, he can mount a bold bid here. #2 Burg won brilliantly on Maiden Cup day, opening his account for the season. He remains in good order and can double the score from the ace. #3 FRIEND REQUEST was too irresistible in the 20th meeting, earning his second win of his debut season. This five-year old has continued to progress and is given the vote here. #5 Riding Shotgun finally got his first win in his last attempt, much to the joy of his connections. His chances of confirming must not be taken lightly. #4 Trap Lord scored a surprise yet deserved win in the 18th meeting. He won’t be that far away, even if he has a tough task on his hands. #6 Wall Tag was a beaten favourite in his previous attempt, and his best chance here is a place in the quartet.
Top Tip: #3 FRIEND REQUEST
Dangers: #1 Purple Tractor, #5 Riding Shotgun, #2 Burg
Race 6 – The Apex Group 15Th Anniversary Trophy (55+)
This main event over the mile is a straight fight between #1 Karraar and #6 SEVENTH PLAIN. The former is running for the second week in-a-row, while the latter was very unfortunate not to win in his latest. Both remain in excellent shape, but slight preference is for the latter, who has landed the pole position draw. #8 Dance On Air did not disgrace himself in his second start here. He should have no problems tackling the longer trip and is entitled to be right in the mix. #10 Split The Breeze will be bidding to make it third time lucky here after two consecutive second place finishes. He hails from an in-form yard and he merits a lot of respect. #7 Reim and #9 Turbulent Air are good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #6 SEVENTH PLAIN
Dangers: #1 Karraar, #8 Dance On Air, #10 Split The Breeze
Race 7 (B.61)
#3 AL MARIACHI gets the vote in this penultimate contest over the 990 metres. He managed to open his account in the 21st meeting. Still in good nick, down a Benchmark and drawn in the ace, he is rated as Kersley Ramsamy’s best shot of the day. #1 Victory Team performed slightly better last time out, following an under-par showing in the Hinterland Cup. He is also down a category and can give the selection a real run for his money. #4 Zud Wes and #2 Step To Fame represent Shirish Narang’s yard in this race. The former was only beaten by Nottinghamshire in the Lightning Cup, while his stable mate stayed on for 3rd in the same race. Both are more than capable of showing up here. #6 Answeringenesis failed to show up in his latest, although he was running over 1400 metres. The drop to the 990 metres is strongly in his favour and it would be wrong to write him off in this. The same is said for #8 Wavebreaker, even if he is competing in a far higher category.
Top Tip: #3 AL MARIACHI
Dangers: #1 Victory Team, #4 Zud Wes, #2 Rodney
Race 8 (0-25)
#3 ICE EMPEROR has raced three times since he won in the 11th meeting. This Praveen Nagadoo-trained gelding has not confirmed during that time, although he was right in the finish in one of his attempts. He looks to be in good shape once again and is tipped to run a cracker. #2 Spin A Coin ran second to Bear Hug last Saturday. Entered again, he can justify his yard’s decision here. #8 Sea Pass did well to finish 3rd in his latest. Don’t rule him out from doing even better this time round. #10 Wing Man finished like a bullet in the 20th meeting. This veteran can go one better if he manages to reproduce his run last time out. #7 Starsky and #4 Man From Seattle are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: #3 ICE EMPEROR
Dangers: #2 Spin A Coin, #8 Sea Pass, #10 Wing Man