Race 1 (B.36)
Set off as hot favourite last time out, Seven League Boots did more than justify his status, recording a comfortable win. This four-year old remains in good shape and he can confirm. WING MAN, runner up to the aforementioned Seven League Boots in his penultimate start, went one better in his previous outing and that was two meetings ago. He remains in good order and as he hails from an in-form yard, he is taken to double the score. A case can be made for Saarikh, who was a good-looking 2nd in his return to competition. He has benefited from that run and he should make his presence felt in this. Aficionado looks the likeliest to complete the quartet in this small field.
Top Tip: WING MAN
Dangers: Seven League Boots, Saarikh, Aficionado
Race 2 (0-26)
The last race of WITHOUT A DOUBT must be ignored, as he was condemned three-wide throughout. Well-trained, he should run a cracker. Charleston Hero was backed to produce a bold bid in his latest, but he flopped instead. This Vincent Allet-trained horse can do better and having been drawn in the ace, he is entitled to make his presence felt this time round. Gondwana has come out well from his debut run and as he is running in a lower category, he can make the podium in this contest. Stable companion Sierra Redwood will also appreciate running in this class, in which he performed well in his debut. If he can reproduce that effort, he should be thereabouts. Gold Medalist makes his debut for the yard of Patrick Merven. He is a promising sort and it is worth keeping an eye on him.
Top Tip: WITHOUT A DOUBT
Dnagers: Charleston Hero, Gondwana, Gold Medalist
Race 3 (B.41)
Preference is for GLEN COCO in this 1400 metre contest. He struck very impressively in his second start in race meeting 14. He is up a Benchmark but even so, he can confirm with Donovan Dillon on board. Rumbullion landed 3rd place in his recent outing, only half a length behind Var’s Dream. Another big showing is predicted from this Simon Jones-trained gelding. Criss Cross Man has yet to confirm the win he picked up in his seasonal debut. He has performed well since he arrived on our shores and he should give the selection something to think about. Gimme Green has not been outclassed in his two races. In good shape and handed a perfect draw, he should be thereabouts. Glorious Goodwood and Heart Of Darkness are rated as good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: GLEN COCO
Dangers: Rumbullion, Criss Cross Man, Gimme Green
Race 4 (B.46)
Looking at the field in this Draper’s Mile contest, it is expected to be competitive right from the off-set, with numerous contenders for victory. The yard of Shirish Narang is well represented in this contest, with Our Jet and Burg. The former has performed consistently in the first half of his debut season, while the latter makes his first start since his transfer from Jean-Michel Henry’s yard. Both horses have worked well and have good chances here. The vote however goes to ACT OF LOYALTY, who is finally ready for his debut. He has satisfied his yard with his gallops and he can make an instant visit to the winner’s enclosure here. After Midnight saw his winning run come to an end in his last outing, although he did enough to land 3rd place. He merits tons of respect in this contest. Maestro’s Salute was last seen missing the start in the 10th meeting. He has been freshened up and merits appeal in this. Moi Power made the headlines in the 9th meeting when he scored a surprise win, only his second on Mauritian soil. He did not confirm in his latest, although he was competing in a far higher category. In a lower Benchmark this time round, he can make his presence felt. Nordic Storm and Melson are rated as good contenders for the minor placings.
Top Tip: ACT OF LOYALTY
Dangers: Burg, Our Jet, Moi Power
Race 5 (B.56)
Entree has done nothing wrong so far this season, winning twice and finishing in the money in his other attempts. He has generally performed well since landing at Gilbert Rousset’s yard and another bold showing is forthcoming from him. Psycho Syd was unlucky in his previous start, finishing runner-up to Step To Fame by a mere 0.10 lengths. He has been a regular presence in training, impressing his yard in the process. Drawn in the ace, he has a good chance of going one better here. LUCKY VALENTINE was not disgraced over a longer trip in his latest. He ended up 6th, but was only 2 lengths behind Top Jet. He will appreciate running over this short trip and can go very far. Donnie Brasco has come out well from his much needed run and as he is in better shape and form, he should go close. Mystical Twilight made the headlines on his debut in race meeting 10, stealing the win at the death from Var’s Dream, who has since gone one better. He will try his luck in a higher division and will once again be a danger in the closing stages. Nation Builder has arrived at Patrick Merven stable with a rock-solid C.V. He is ready for his debut and must be watched very closely. Similar comments apply to Jama, who is expected to come into prominence in the future.
Top Tip: LUCKY VALENTINE
Dangers: Psycho Syd, Entree, Nation Builder
Race 6 – The FAM Mauritius Derby Cup (Group 1)
The yard of Rameshwar Gujadhur have tasted success in numerous Group races this season, and the newly crowned Four-year old champion HARD DAY’S NIGHT should add another one here. He will be a very tough nut to crack in this Group 1 contest at level weight and is taken to confirm the win he picked up in the second leg of the championship. Paladin may be the lowest rated horse in the field, although he looks the most likeliest to give the overwhelming favourite a real run for his money. This Ramapatee Gujadhur-trained gelding showed up very well in training and if he is able to replicate this, he can earn Steven Arnold another Group 1 success. Orange Tractor has made an excellent start to life in Mauritius. He landed 3rd in his debut, before striking last time out. He remains in top order and is not prevented from making his presence felt. New Hampshire was not very far away behind the winner in both of his last two attempts. In good condition, he can make the frame in this. Stable mate Netflix has not confirmed his debut showing, but having caught the eye with his showings at track work, he is worth a thought here. Kemal Kavur has yet to show his true qualities so far. He has made progress recently, and with Cedric Segeon on board, he can bag a lower place finish.
Top Tip: HARD DAY’S NIGHT
Dangers: Paladin, Orange Tractor, New Hampshire
Race 7 (B.31)
Of the eight races on the card, it is this penultimate contest which is very wide open on paper, with plenty of potential winners in this field. CHAP TRAP is certainly one of them and he is expected to do even better than in his latest, when he was only good enough for 3rd. There is the presence of Rob’s Jewel, who has arrived at Amar Sewdyal’s yard with an eye-catching reputation and has not taken long to adapt in his new surroundings. He has a genuine chance of visiting the winner’s enclosure at the first time of asking. My Boy Willie makes his debut in this contest. He is a promising sort and is entitled to show up well in this. Midnight Man is another promising newcomer that has landed at Alain Perdrau’s yard. He has impressed in his trials and should be bang in the shake up. Kimberley had no answer to Pajama Party on Bicentenary Cup day. He can bounce back in this contest. The ever consistent Political Power and Shield Of Thunder are not without their chances either, both having winning form in this category.
Top Tip: CHAP TRAP
Dangers: Rob’s Jewel, Kimberley, Midnight Man
Race 8 (0-25)
ST ARNAULT gets the vote in the final contest. He has finished 3rd in all of his three attempts in his debut season so far. Well-trained, he should run a cracker here. In this contest, he is rated as the biggest threat to the selection. Marine Sky has finished on the podium in both of his two runs this season. Having worked well, he can give the favourite a run for his money. Logan showed slight progress in his latest. He has continued to improve and is worth a thought in this. Caracal has benefited from his debut run, and can finish in the money this time round. Craftsman and Ramas are both capable of finishing in the lower placings.
Top Tip: ST ARNAULT
Dangers: Marine Sky, Logan, Caracal