Race 1 (0-25)
#5 EIGHT CITIES saw his win taken away on Barbe Cup day. He is taken to strike back in this opening contest. #9 Spun Out got his first win in his latest and as he remains in good order, he is capable of confirming. A decent case can be made for #10 Al Hamd, who was last seen finishing runner-up to Napoli in the 12th meeting. #1 Greenstreettractor ran below expectations last time out. He will appreciate running in this lower category and commands respect. For the lower placings, #3 Bear Hug and #6 Nightingale Lane are good contenders.
Top Tip: #5 EIGHT CITIES
Danger: #9 Spun Out
Dark Horse: #1 Greenstreettractor

 

Race 2 (B.36)
Preference is for #6 POWER TOWER in this contest. He produced his best showing yet in his latest, finishing runner-up to Mind Blowing in Benchmark 41. He showed satisfaction in a recent barrier trial and will relish running in a lower category. #2 Alssakhra has come out very well from his promising debut run. He is not prevented from making it all the way in this. #1 Uncle JB runs for the first time since changing yards. He is down a Benchmark compared to his previous attempt and his chances must be respected. #3 Consul Of War made an instant impact in his own debut, making a direct visit to the winner’s enclosure. He has continued to progress and can make it two from two. #7 Mr Hardy had no answer to Superstitious on Barbe Cup day and it won’t be a surprise if he manages to bounce back here.
Top Tip: #6 POWER TOWER
Danger: #2 Alssakhra
Dark Horse: #3 Consul Of War

 

Race 3 (B.46)
Arguably the most open race of the day and is fair to say that all 10 runners are capable of striking. #5 Flower Blue is one of them and he showed his true colours in his recent outing. Like his yard, he remains in good nick and is capable of confirming. #6 Vascostreettractor produced a bullet-like finish in his debut, landing the final podium spot. He has benefited hugely from that run and can do even better here, having drawn perfectly. #8 Zodiac Jack was last seen finishing runner-up in the 11th meeting. If he gets it right at the start, he can go one better. #4 BORYA saw his unbeaten run come to an end in the face of Afdeek – who has since confirmed, in the 13th meeting. Well-trained, he can his winning ways. #2 From The Ashes can do much better than 4th place last time out. He is expected to go close here. #7 Iditarod Trail was a good-looking 4th on his debut and having continued to progress, he should be right in the mix. #10 Texas Sky won in his latest and is not prevented from confirming, while #3 Skip The Red has come out very well from his much needed run and must be followed very closely.
Top Tip: #4 BORYA
Danger: #6 Vascostreettractor
Dark Horse: #8 Zodiac Jack

 

Race 4 (B.51)
#1 Crazy Vision tried everything to topple Bad Attitude in his latest, to no avail. This Amar Sewdyal-trained gelding can go one better. #7 SPRING MAN landed 3rd place in his recent start. Well-trained, he can run a cracker here. #5 Red Line Captain completed the quartet in his last start, 2 lengths behind Alshibaa, who went on to double the score. In this lower category, he is rated as a big chance. #9 Declarator showed up well on Barbe Cup day, beaten only by Afdeek. Chosen by Pierre Strydom and having landed the plum draw, he can make it all the way. #3 Moonrise Sensation and #10 Harlan County are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #7 SPRING MAN
Danger: #1 Crazy Vision
Dark Horse: #9 Declarator

 

Race 5 – The Boodhoo Group Of Companies Cup (30+)
#4 Good Buddy scored a resounding win in the 12th meeting, winning by 3 lengths. This grey horse has been his usual self in his workouts and even if he is tackling the mile, he can mount a bold bid with Manoel Nunes on board. #3 Viking Trail took victory in his latest. He remains in good nick and can double the score. #1 OVATION AWARD is in better shape and form following his debut run. He will appreciate the mile and a big run is forthcoming from him. Stable mate #2 Senatla has benefited from his debut run and having worked well, he should be right up there.
Top Tip: #1 OVATION AWARD
Danger: #4 Good Buddy
Dark Horse: #2 Senatla

 

Race 6 – The Patisserie Éclair-Éclair Café Lightning Cup (Group 2)
For a moment, #2 Black Cat Back looked like he was going to come out trumps in the Barbe Cup. He finished 3rd in the final reckoning, but it was still a genuine showing from him. He remains very well and even if he is running over a much shorter trip, he can make it with Manoel Nunes up. Stable mate #7 The Thinker finished runner-up over the Draper’s Mile in his latest. His chances must be taken seriously here, particularly having drawn perfectly. #9 Rule The Night had no issues in renewing with success in the feature race of the 15th meeting. He will try his luck against the elite but based on what he has shown so far, he is capable of striking once more. #1 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE was last seen taking out an elite race in the 9th meeting. In excellent condition, he can double the score with Pierre Strydom riding in confidence. #4 Woljayrine is knocking very hard at the door and merits the greatest of respect, while #3 Procal Harum has benefited from his much-needed debut run and is not prevented from having his say in this.
Top Tip: #1 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Danger: #9 Rule The Night
Dark Horse: #7 The Thinker

 

Race 7 (B.31)
Runner-up on his debut, #1 CAPTAIN GONE WILD went one better in the 14th meeting. He remains in excellent nick and is taken to double the score. #10 Zenzero is rated as his biggest danger. This Shyam Hurchund-trained gelding finally got the win he was looking for in his latest. #8 Apple Jack has finished 4th in his last two attempts. In this contest, he is worth a thought. #7 Tyrandeus failed to confirm his promising debut. He can do better and can make the frame. #9 Silver Heritage is in vastly improved shape after his debut and is rated as a good place contender in this.
Top Tip: #1 CAPTAIN GONE WILD
Danger: #10 Zenzero
Dark Horse: #8 Apple Jack

 

Race 8 (0-26)
#2 Carlton Heights caught the eye on his debut, landing the final podium spot. He is capable of doing even better here. #3 Mambo got the win he was looking for in his latest, courtesy of a well-judged ride from Manoel Nunes. This partnership is more than capable of doubling the score. #9 Seventh Silver was a disappointing 6th on Barbe Cup day. This three-year old has potential in abundance and he should run a cracker this time round. #4 PADDINGTONS LUCK was only 1.5 lengths behind the winner in his previous attempt. Having worked well, he has a strong chance of opening his account here. #1 Chester’s Wish and #5 Pop The Question are class droppers and must be followed very closely.
Top Tip: #4 PADDINGTONS LUCK
Danger: #3 Mambo
Dark Horse: #2 Carlton Heights