Race 1 (0-20)
#6 KASH IS KING finally got the win he was looking for in his latest. He remains in good nick and is taken to confirm. #4 Friday On My Mind has been knocking hard at the door in his last few attempts. In this contest, he is rated as the biggest danger to the selection. #3 Al Hamd may have arrived in Mauritius with a promising reputation, but he has not come close to justifying it. However, he was a good-looking 3rd last time out and a repeat of that showing should see him go close here. #5 Vintage Angel proved difficult to ride on Maiden Cup day, although he still did enough to complete the podium. Freshened up, he is not prevented from doing even better here. For the lower placings, #7 Pimpernel and #1 He’s Got Gears are good contenders.
Top Tip: #6 KASH IS KING
Dangers: #4 Friday On My Mind, #3 Al Hamd, #5 Vintage Angel

 

Race 2 (B.31)
#2 VARSIDE ran away with the win in the 30th meeting. Still in excellent condition, he is tipped to double the score from the ace. #1 Dealer’s Charm came close to striking in his recent showing. If he comes close to repeating that run, he can go one better. #5 Burwaaz has a very bad habit of being very slow at the start, leaving him with plenty of ground to make up. In this field, he is rated as a big runner and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him strike, if he behaves himself at the start. #6 Plain Of Wisdom showed some improvement in his previous attempt. Having showed up well at track work, he won’t be very far away. #3 Wow Holiday managed to open his account last time out and is not prevented from confirming, while #4 Captain Moss and #9 One For One are two good place bets.
Top Tip: #2 VARSIDE
Dangers: #1 Dealer’s Charm, #6 Plain Of Wisdom, #5 Burwaaz

 

Race 3 (B.41)
In his debut season, #1 Kapteinspandiseile has raced seven times. He has struck three times and finished runner-up a further three times. This genuine performer is highly thought of by his connections, who are expecting another big run from him here. However, the vote is given to #6 BLOW IN THE BOX. This son of Lateral has come so close to striking on multiple occasions. His yard has entered him again for the second week running and this decision must be respected. #3 Galtero scored a last-gasp win in the 29th meeting, earning just his second win on Mauritian soil. He is capable of confirming, with Rakesh Bhaugeerothee on board once again. #7 Thrust made it onto the podium in his latest. He has caught the eye in training and should be thereabouts once again. #5 Oh Behave and #9 Soweto Moon are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: #6 BLOW IN THE BOX
Dangers: #1 Kapteinspandiseile, #3 Galtero, #7 Thrust

 

Race 4 (B.46)
#3 YANKEEDOODLEDANDY may have been runner-up to Crazy Vision in his latest, but it was still a genuine showing from him. He should go one better this time round. Stable companion #7 Silver Bluff has raced over the 990 metres in his last two attempts. He will appreciate running over longer and as he is in good condition, he should make his presence felt. #1 Mutzi produced a cracker of a showing in the 29th meeting. Still in top order, he has a good chance of confirming. #4 Charleston Hero missed the start badly in his last run, but he still came back to finish second. Down two categories, he merits the greatest of respect. #8 Bad Attitude won last time out thanks to a bold ride from Manuel Nunes. This partnership can visit the winner’s enclosure once again.
Top Tip: #3 YANKEEDOODLEDANDY
Dangers: #8 Bad Attitude, #1 Mutzi, #4 Charleston Hero

 

Race 5 (B.51)
#4 MOONRISE SENSATION was a late scratching in the 32nd meeting, denying him the chance to make it four wins in-a-row. He had sealed his hat-trick on Maiden Cup day in Benchmark 61 and now he is down two categories, he sets the standard in this contest. Stable mate #1 Rap Attack did not confirm in his recent start, although he did enough to land 3rd place. Down a Benchmark, he is highly capable of renewing with success. #7 Toa Nui had no such problems in sealing his hat-trick just two meetings ago. He remains in good nick and even in a higher class, he can still continue his winning run. #8 Declarator had no answer to King’s County in his latest, so it won’t be a surprise if this consistent performer goes one better here. #6 Talbec still has one win for this season. He has landed the pole position draw and is not prevented from going very far in this. #5 Newlands did not disgrace himself in Benchmark 61 in his recent showing. Running in a lower category and over a longer trip should stand him in good stead and if he can put his mind into racing, he will be right in the finish.
Top Tip: #4 MOONRISE SENSATION
Dangers: #1 Rap Attack, #8 Declarator, #7 Toa Nui

 

Race 6 – The Nissan-All Japan Cup (B.66)
This main event is wide open with the presence of many winning contenders. #1 The Thinker is one of them and he produced a genuine attempt in his latest, finishing runner-up to Horse Guards. He has showed satisfaction at track work and in this Benchmark, he is capable of going one better. #3 Chili Con Carne did well to finish 3rd last time out, despite not having an easy run in the early stages of the race. If he manages to follow well, he will be hard to beat in the closing stages. The duo of #6 PURPLE TRACTOR and #5 Tanjiro are last time winners. Both remain very well and are more than capable of confirming. #7 King’s County would have preferred a longer trip, but it would be a major mistake to rule him out, while #2 Oomph returns after a very long absence and having worked well, he makes plenty of appeal.
Top Tip: #6 PURPLE TRACTOR
Dangers: #5 Tanjiro, #3 Chili Con Carne, #1 The Thinker

 

Race 7 (B.36)
#9 NEWSMAN gets the vote in this penultimate contest. He arrives on the back of two successive second place finishes and he is taken to set the record straight this time round. #6 Euroklidon produced a gutsy showing in the 31st meeting, striking for the first time this season. He will be tough to stop if he dictates proceedings once again. #4 Swinging Captain’s recent run of form makes good reading. Having finished second best in his last two races, he can make it third time lucky here. #1 Amritsar came so close to striking in his latest. He has drawn widest of all, but a repeat of his last showing can see him bounce back. #3 Power Of Peace is worthy of consideration, even though he would have preferred a much longer trip.
Top Tip: #9 NEWSMAN
Dangers: #6 Euroklidon, #4 Swinging Captain, #1 Amritsar

 

Race 8 (0-25)
#5 MAN FROM SEATTLE came very close to stealing the win from Bonjour Baby in the Lady Riders’ race in the 32nd meeting. It must not be forgotten however that he got a terrible start. If he manages to get it spot on here, he will be very hard to beat. #4 Hoppertunity was no match for Royal Resolution in his latest. He can give the selection a hard time here. #9 Social Network was set off as favourite last time out, but he was unplaced, albeit after a difficult run throughout. Reunited with Manuel Nunes, he is capable of rebounding. #1 The Byzantine showed some progress in his last run, landing 3rd place. He has showed up well in his exercises and should be right in the mix. #6 Captain’s Command has not shown much so far in Mauritius. He caught the eye with a splendid performance in a barrier trial in midweek and he shouldn’t be far away. #2 Doyles ran on improvement last Saturday and in this lower class, he is rated as a good place contender.
Top Tip: #5 MAN FROM SEATTLE
Dangers: #4 Hoppertunity, #9 Social Network, #1 The Byzantine