The absence of Mootahadee has left this Saturday’s main event wide open, with numerous contenders all in with a shot of taking victory in this 1365 metre race. One of them is the Simon Jones-trained The Tripster, who may not have visited the winner’s enclosure since he won in his first two races, but has nevertheless performed genuinely.
After a change of scenery late last year, The Tripster (Swapneel Rama) made his debut for his current trainer in race meeting 2, where he finished a solid 3rd. He has come out well from that run and comes into this race in excellent condition. With the winning jockey of the Duchess Of York Cup on board, he can earn his yard their first win in a feature race.
Split The Breeze (Robert Khathi) may not have had any answer to Elite Class in the second meeting, but he did finish as the best of the rest. It was another honest performance from this Five-year old, and there is a sense that his first win may arrive sooner than later. Based on his current form, it won’t be a surprise if he manages to break the ice on Saturday.
The last win of Ryder Cup (Steven Arnold) came in this Benchmark and over this trip last May. This former champion horse did not disgrace himself in his return to competition in the third meeting, finishing 5th, only 1.95 lengths behind Scotsnog in Benchmark 66. He is in better condition this time round and even if he is shouldering a whopping 61.5 kg, he is not prevented from having a major say in this.
Tabreek represents a yard that has been victorious in the last two feature races. He made his debut in this season’s opening classic, replacing the injured Exit Here, but he made little impact. He has benefited from that run and is in good all-round shape. With his jockey Brandon Lerena bang on form, he warrants respect.
2015 was an excellent debut season for Mr Leyend as he won four races. Last season saw him pick up just two wins, one of which came in his last start. He has benefited from a very long break and in terms of preparations, he has been given plenty of time. Girish Goomany – who has won some recent races for Rameshwar Gujadhur’s yard – is on board, and he is capable of making the frame here.
Jolie Roger makes only his second start on Mauritian turf. He had arrived at Rameshwar Gujadhur’s yard with an eye-catching C.V last season, but he raced only once, failing to make his presence felt on that occasion. He is back after a very long rest and did not put a foot wrong in his exercises. With Rye Joorawon in the saddle, he is capable of making the quartet.
Alpha Pegasi (Kersley Ramsamy) still has a zero in his wins column, and he made no attempt to change that fact in his latest. Improvement is what the doctor has ordered and if he can grab a place finish, it would be deemed as a good result.
New Hampshire (Ryan Wiggins) makes his debut for Vincent Allet, having arrived with a good-looking reputation. A son of Dynasty, he has shown some potential in his workouts, and it is worth keeping an eye on him.