1st Race (0-25)
Not much to choose from in this ordinary contest and the pick lies with #5 ZENZERO. This Shyam Hurchund-trained gelding could do nothing to stop What A Fizz last time out. He is taken to go one better here. #9 Night Chapel showed some improvement in his latest, landing 4th place. This grey horse can give the favourite a run for his money. #8 Friday On My Mind ventures out for the first time this season. He is in good condition and won’t be very far away. For the lower placings, #3 Emerald Victory and #6 Seven Colours are good contenders.
Top Tip: #5 ZENZERO
Danger: #9 Night Chapel
Dark Horse: #8 Friday On My Mind

 

2nd Race (B.36)
#6 SILKEN PRINCE nearly caused an upset in his debut. He has come out very well from that run and can go one better here. #9 Aspara finished strongly in his latest, although it could have been a better result had he got a good start. Well-trained, he should go very close. #8 Antwerp was only beaten by Manetheren in his seasonal debut. If he repeats this showing, he can make it here. #4 Come On Sonny was backed to run a cracker in the 7th meeting, but he produced a slightly disappointing showing. He appears to be in improved condition and merits a lot of respect. #1 Tweak The Wind has benefited from his seasonal debut and in this Benchmark, he should be right up there.
Top Tip: #6 SILKEN PRINCE
Danger: #9 Aspara
Dark Horse: #8 Antwerp

 

3rd Race (B.41)
Highly-rated when he arrived on Mauritian soil, #2 Bouclette Top has been a major disappointment, failing to prove his worth. He did show bags of improvement in his latest, finishing in 3rd, not very far behind the winner. Having worked well, he can mount a bold bid here. #3 Mind Blowing ran into Charleston Hero in his recent attempt. He is more than capable of rebounding in this. #5 UNCLE JB made it count at the third time of asking just two meetings ago. He remains in top order and is taken to confirm from the ace. #6 Power Tower showed some progress last time out and looks the likeliest to complete the quartet.
Top Tip: #5 UNCLE JB
Danger: #3 Mind Blowing
Dark Horse: #6 Power Tower

 

4th Race (B.46)
#3 Rock On Geordies was not disgraced in his latest, in which he finished 3rd, 3.4 lengths behind Wall Tag, who has since struck twice. He has drawn perfectly and can do even better here. Preference however is for #7 IN YOUR DREAMS, who can do a lot better than what he served up last time out. He is in better shape and form, and can open his seasonal account this time round. #3 Malak El Moolook has come out very well from his last run. Well-trained, he should be bang in the shake up. #6 Galtero has yet to show his hand this season. He is close to his optimal form though and won’t be very far away. #8 Streetbouncer was a good-looking 2nd in the 9th meeting. If he reproduces that showing, he can go one better.
Top Tip: #7 IN YOUR DREAMS
Danger: #3 Rock On Geordies
Dark Horse: #8 Streetbouncer

 

5th Race (B.56)
The last race of #4 Act Of Loyalty must be consigned to the dustbin. Unfavourable circumstances meant he finished non-placed for the first time. He is usually a genuine performer and is taken to produce a big run here. #1 WALL TAG’S second place on Duchess Of York Cup day has given way to three consecutive wins. This Vincent Allet-trained horse remains in the form of his life and having landed the perfect draw, it won’t be a surprise to see him make it four on the trot. #9 Racing For Fun has been a factor in his recent showings. He merits serious consideration here, particularly with Brandon Louis on board. #8 Ovation Award makes his debut for Gilbert Rousset’s yard. A very promising sort, he runs for the first time since he was gelded. It is worth keeping an eye on him. #7 Noah’s Ark and #10 Ouzo are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #1 WALL TAG
Danger: #4 Act Of Loyalty
Dark Horse: #9 Racing For Fun

 

6th Race – The Radio Plus 17th Anniversary – Mauritius Guineas Cup (Group 2)
#1 Cool At Heart ran away with the win in the MTC Bicentenary Trophy. Still in top nick, he can continue this phenomenal run of form. The vote however goes to #3 IDEAL SECRET, who produced a strong finish to claim 3rd place in the 8th meeting. He has shown up very strongly at track work and his trainer Ricky Maingard is of the opinion that he can produce a big run here. #2 Woljayrine has finished runner-up in his last two attempts. He will try the longer trip and is not prevented from showing up in this.
Top Tip: #3 IDEAL SECRET
Danger: #1 Cool At Heart
Dark Horse: #2 Woljayrine

 

7th Race
#5 BORYA has made an inch-perfect start to life in Mauritius. He comes into this race two from two and there remains a lot more to come from this four-year old. He gets the vote here. #3 From The Ashes had no problems in striking again in his recent attempt. He is rated as the biggest threat to the favourite. #7 Afdeek made it count at the third time of asking in the 9th meeting. He is more than capable of confirming, even in a higher Benchmark. #4 Jals Tiger was a courageous 3rd in his last start, despite having a difficult race. His chances must not be scoffed at here. For the lower placings, #1 Burg and #9 Promissory are good contenders.
Top Tip: #5 BORYA
Danger: #3 From The Ashes
Dark Horse: #4 Jals Tiger

 

8th Race (B.31)
#4 RASTA REBEL had to settle for second best in his latest. In good nick, he is tipped to go one better this time round. #6 Greatfiveeight completed the podium in his recent attempt. He looks to be the sole frontrunner in this race and is rated as a big runner. #1 Jullidar has not disgraced himself so far this season. He has winning form in this category and can have a major say in this. #8 Redwood Valley has made a genuine start to the season, striking in both of his two outings. Even if he is up in class, he is not prevented from sealing his hat-trick. #9 Greenstreettractor and #3 It Doesn’t Matter are rated as two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: #4 RASTA REBEL
Danger: #6 Greatfiveeight
Dark Horse: #8 Redwood Valley

 

9th Race (0-26)
#8 CHARLES MY BOY produced a cracker of a showing in his last start. He remains well and can double the score. #1 After The Order produced a genuine showing on his debut, beaten only by Mr Hardy. He has benefited from that run and has a good chance of going one better. #6 Taranaki was set off as favourite in his latest, although 4th was the best he could achieve. Having worked well, he is primed for a big run in this. Of the three debutants in this race, it is the duo of #5 Stone Tiger and #4 Silver Heritage that must be watched closely.
Top Tip: #8 CHARLES MY BOY
Danger: #6 Taranaki
Dark Horse: #5 Stone Tiger