1st Race (0-20)
#5 VALERIN (Surendar Srinath) gets the vote in this opening contest of the weekend. He was second best to Blazing Heart last time out, making up plenty of ground as he did so. He has every chance of going one better here. #8 Friday On My Mind made it on to the podium in the 31st meeting, despite being very slow away. An honest performer, he merits plenty of respect with Derreck David on board. #1 Charles My Boy (Randall Simons) has not come close to confirming his win in the Bicentenary Trophy meeting. He has been thereabouts in his last few attempts and he won’t be far away here. #3 Seven Carat (Manoel Nunes) and #6 Blue Jeans (Manuel Martinez) are good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #5 VALERIN
Danger: #8 Friday On My Mind
Dark Horse: #1 Charles My Boy

 

2nd Race (0-25)
#9 ICEBREAKER (Kersley Ramsamy) showed up well in his last run, popping up on the final podium spot. He has continued to progress and having landed the perfect draw, a big run is forthcoming from him. #3 Anza-Borrego (John Powell) could not confirm in his recent attempt, with 4th place being the best he could do. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to put a line through his chances in this. #1 Anton Ruskin (Manuel Martinez) had a difficult race throughout in his last appearance, and he was still 4 lengths behind the winner. He is worth another look, considering he hails from an in-formyard and merits consideration. #2 Melson was only just beaten by Kamadeva two meetings ago. Nooresh Juglall is on board this time round and if he can reproduce this showing, he can go one better. #7 Flying Arrow (Surendar Srinath) and #4 Chap Trap (Jameer Allyhosain) are good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #9 ICEBREAKER
Danger: #3 Anza-Borrego
Dark Horse: #2 Melson

 

3rd Race (B.31)
#3 CARLTON HEIGHTS (John Powell) did not finish very far behind the winner in his previous run. In this contest, he has landed the perfect draw and will be a very tough nut to crack. #9 Romanus had Olivier Placais to thank for his excellent win just two meetings ago. He remains in top order and is capable of confirming with Jameer Allyhosain on board. #7 Lucky At Last (Jason Watson) landed 3rd place in his recent attempt, and that was in Benchmark 36. In this lower category, he is entitled to be bang in the shake-up. For the lower placings, #4 Jet Path (Jason Collett) and #2 Memphis Mafia (Manoel Nunes) are worthy of consideration.
Top Tip: #3 CARLTON HEIGHTS
Danger: #9 Romanus
Dark Horse: #7 Lucky At Last

 

4th Race (B.36)
#1 OVERDOSE’S (Jameer Allyhosain) brilliant win on Duke Of York Cup day was solely down to an inspired Krishna Mudhoo. This consistent sort remains in excellent form and is tipped to double the score. #3 It Doesn’t Matter (Randall Simons) went one better in the 33rd meeting. This Gilbert Rousset-trained gelding is rated as the biggest threat to the favourite. #6 Power Tower (Surendar Srinath) was piped late on by the selection in his last start. He has the ability to bounce back here. #7 Eight Cities (Jason Watson) may have been demoted to 5th in his recent start, but he still produced a good showing, especially as it was in Benchmark 46. He will relish running in this lower class and should be right in the mix. The Preetam Daby-trained duo of #8 Till Dawn (Kersley Ramsamy) and #4 Pride Rock (Jason Collett) are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #1 OVERDOSE
Danger: #3 It Doesn’t Matter
Dark Horse: #7 Eight Cities

 

5th Race (B.46)
#5 CHARLESTON HERO’S (Manuel Martinez) sole win of the season came in the 10th meeting. Even if he has not confirmed, he has always been right in the mix, including in his last start. This Vincent Allet-trained gelding is down a Benchmark and it won’t be a surprise if he strikes here. #8 Inauguration (Randall Simons) comes into this race having won three on the bounce. Such is his current form, he has a good chance of making it four in-a-row. #6 Declarator (Aurelien Lemaitre) is running again after being piped at the death by Senatla last Saturday. He is capable of bouncing back in this. #2 Hakeem landed 3rd place on his debut just two meetings ago. He has benefited from that run and with John Powell on board, he makes a lot of appeal in this contest. #3 From The Ashes (Nooresh Juglall) was last seen scoring a superb win in the 29th meeting. He runs well fresh and is worthy of consideration. #4 Iditarod Trail (Jason Watson) and #7 Texas Sky (Derreck David) are better than what they served up in their last races respectively. Both should be right up there.
Top Tip: #5 CHARLESTON HERO
Danger: #8 Inauguration
Dark Horse: #3 From The Ashes

 

6th Race (B.51)
#1 INN A MILLION (Manuel Martinez) gets the vote in the first 1850 metre contest of the weekend. He showed up well over the 1450 metres on Duke Of York Cup day, landing 3rd place. Down two categories and running over longer, he can run a cracker here. #3 Ovation Award (Jason Collett) showed bags of improvement in the 32nd meeting. Having shown satisfaction at track work, he can mount a bold bid in this. #2 Moonrise Sensation (Aurelien Lemaitre) has not raced since he won on Maiden Cup day. He has been a regular presence at track work though and should be able to make his presence felt. #9 West Coast Warrior was rated as a big runner in his last start. However, he did not run to expectations, finishing unplaced. He is capable of much better and with Manoel Nunes on board this time round, he should make his presence felt. #6 Yankeedoodledandy (Jameer Allyhosain) and #7 One Direction (Randall Simons) are good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #1 INN A MILLION
Danger: #3 Ovation Award
Dark Horse: #9 West Coast Warrior

 

7th Race – The HP & Courts Mammouth Trophy (B.56)
It is correct to state that this main event is more than just a one horse race. #3 Mutzi’s (Nooresh Juglall) incredible winning streak was snapped by Haylor on Duke Of York Cup day. He can renew with success here. #6 Afdeek was the best of the rest behind Rap Attack in the 32nd meeting and that was over the 1650 metres. This Ricky Maingard-trained gelding will relish running over the Draper’s Mile and with Jameer Allyhosain on board, it is worth remembering that this partnership struck in last year’s International Weekend. #4 VASCOSTREETTRACTOR is on a winning streak of his own. He sealed his hat-trick in his last race, and he can make it four in-a-row with Manoel Nunes on board. #5 Lickerio (Manuel Martinez) was not ridden to satisfaction last time out. If he manages to dictate his own terms here, he can make it all the way. #7 Split The Breeze (Jason Collett) represents an in-form yard and is not prevented from having his say, while both #1 Tsitsikamma Dance (Surendar Srinath) and #2 Independence (Derreck David) will relish running in this lower category and are entitled to show up.
Top Tip: #4 VASCOSTREETTRACTOR
Danger: #6 Afdeek
Dark Horse: #7 Split The Breeze

 

8th Race (B.41)
Cases can be made for almost every runner in this penultimate contest. #1 BORYA started his debut season on fire, winning his first two races. He has not confirmed since, although he has consistently made the podium. He has been splendid in his recent workouts and can renew with success with Aurelien Lemaitre on board. #2 Varside (Nooresh Juglall) scored his second win of the season in the 33rd meeting. He remains well and is capable of confirming from the ace. #8 Well Connected (John Powell) got the win he was looking for on Duke Of York Cup day. His own chances of confirming must not be taken lightly. #7 Iron Wolf (Kersley Ramsamy) overcame his wide draw to win from the front in his last start. Even if he is up in class, he is not prevented from striking again. #3 Ticket Holder (Jason Watson) has finished 2nd and 3rd in his last two races respectively. If he can follow within striking range, he will be hard to stop. #6 Barak Lavan (Surendar Srinath) and #5 Good Buddy (Manoel Nunes) were right up there in their last runs respectively, and both merit consideration in this.
Top Tip: #1 BORYA
Danger: #8 Well Connected
Dark Horse: #3 Ticket Holder

 

9th Race (0-26)
#1 VOLATILE ENERGY was piped late on by Man From Seattle in the 34th meeting. He is taken to bounce back with Jason Watson up. #8 Chester’s Wish (Randall Simons) also landed 3rd place last time out, despite being stuck three-wide throughout. He is not prevented from doing even better this time round. There is not much beyond those two, although #2 Middle Path (Jameer Allyhosain) is a class dropper and should run on improvement. #4 Silver Song (Jason Collett) and #3 Silver Rock (Derreck David) can fight it out to complete the quartet.
Top Tip: #1 VOLATILE ENERGY
Danger: #8 Chester’s Wish
Dark Horse: #2 Middle Path