Of the nine runners entered in the first feature race of the Attitude Hotels International Jockeys Weekend 2019 – The HP & Courts Mammouth Trophy - it is the duo of AFDEEK and VASCOSTREETTRACTOR that set the standard. Both have performed genuinely this season and a win for either of them would be the cherry on top of the icing.

Whilst Alshibaa has proven his worth for Ricky Maingard’s yard in the big races this season, AFDEEK has also played his part for his veteran trainer. In eight outings, he has won four times and finished on the podium three times. This five-year old was only beaten by Rap Attack in his last start and that was over the 1650 metres. He will relish running over the Draper’s Mile this time round, and with Jameer Allyhosain on board, he is primed to run a cracker.

VASCOSTREETTRACTOR had a frustrating start to life in Mauritius, landing 3rd in two of his first three races. Since then, he has won three on the bounce and it is not a stretch to say that he is currently one of the best horses in Patrick Merven’s yard. There remains a lot more to come from this genuine sort and with Manoel Nunes riding him here, he has every chance of making it four in-a-row.

MUTZI may have struggled in the first half of this season, but it is safe to say that he has been one of the in-form horses in the second half. He opened his seasonal account in the 21st meeting and it gave way to two successive wins, culminating in him sealing his hat-trick in the 29th meeting. He was second best to Haylor on Duke Of York Cup day and that was in Benchmark 61. This Shyam Hurchund-trained runner is back in Benchmark 56 and with Nooresh Juglall on board, he is a big runner in this.

LICKERIO’S (Manuel Martinez) last start must be ignored, as he was not ridden to satisfaction. His trainer Amar Sewdyal will be hoping that he can run to his true ability here. He appears to be the true frontrunner in this contest, and if he is able to dictate his own terms, he can make it all the way.

SPLIT THE BREEZE (Jason Collett) has not performed to expectations this season. His best result was in the 30th meeting, when he landed 3rd place, 3.4 lengths behind Horse Guards in Benchmark 71. With Shirish Narang’s yard ending the season like a freight train, he is capable of having a say in this contest.

TSITSIKAMMA DANCE (Surendar Srinath) scored his first win on Mauritian soil in the 23rd meeting. He has raced three times since, finishing 3rd on all three occasions. Compared to his last start, he has dropped down two categories and even if he would have preferred a longer trip, he can make his presence felt.

INDEPENDENCE (Derreck David) is another horse that will appreciate running in Benchmark 56. In fact, it is worth noting that he has winning form in this class. He is inconsistent in his performances, but on a good day, he can show up strongly and in this contest, he can be right in the mix.

THE BYZANTINE (John Powell) and SIR BERNADINI (Aurelien Lemaitre) complete the line-up. Based on their recent forms, and the fact that they are running against in-form opponents, they are rated as just outsiders.