The second leg of the Sprinters’ Championship is the headline act of this Saturday’s 18th meeting, with the tenure of the Group 2 Patisserie Éclair-Éclair Café Lightning Cup over the 990 metres. Nine runners from six different yards line up in this contest and already this season, some of them having already showed their worth.

The Rameshwar Gujadhur-trained NOTTINGHAMSHIRE will look to emulate Eskimo Roll (2013-14) and win this Group race back-to-back. This Six-year old was last seen scoring a brilliant win in the 9th meeting, his seventh of his Mauritian career. He remains in top order and with the in-form Pierre Strydom on board for the first time, he can earn himself and his yard yet another Group race win.

RULE THE NIGHT bounced back in style in the first feature race of the Barbe Cup weekend. In what has been a tough season so far for the yard of Alain Perdrau, he has been a major source of satisfaction. This time round, he is competing against tougher opponents but based on what he has showed, he is rated as a big runner in this contest, especially with Kersley Ramsamy knowing him very well.

WOLJAYRINE (Cedric Segeon) comes into this race on the back of three consecutive second place finishes. He certainly is knocking very hard on the door and his chances in this contest must be taken very seriously.

The duo of BLACK CAT BACK (Manoel Nunes) and THE THINKER (Akash Aucharuz) represent Gujadhur stable here. The former produced a near-cracker of a showing in the Barbe Cup, completing the podium behind White River and Cool At Heart. The latter also produced a genuine showing in his latest, finishing second over the Draper’s Mile. Both competitors command the utmost of respect here.

PROCAL HARUM (Carlos Gomez) made his debut in the Barbe Cup and it is correct to say that he needed the run badly. He is in far better condition this time round and is expected to show improvement this time round.

ERNIE (Karl Zechner), winner of this race in 2017, finished 5th in his previous attempt, although he did not have an easy run throughout. With the pace expected to be on right from the start, he can make his presence felt in the closing stages.

CHILI CON CARNE (Yashin Emamdee) may be ultra-consistent, but he has not visited the winner’s enclosure since June 2018. He was runner-up in his latest, although he will have a tough task in repeating that result, considering he is competing against far tougher opponents.

ELUSIVE PATH (Dinesh Sooful) completes the line-up. Last Saturday saw him make his return to competition after a very long absence. He must be seen again here.