IJWE 2017

Race 1 (0-25)

KLOPP produced an eye-catching showing in the 34th meeting. He might have had a slow start, but he made up some ground to finish 3rd. He has benefited from that run, and as he is in excellent condition, he is primed for a big run with Maxime Guyon in the irons. Blue Jeans (Luke Nolen) has winning form in this category. He showed up well in a higher Benchmark in his latest, and he has a good chance here. A P Strike (Hayley Turner) was downed at the death by Saracen King just two meetings ago. It won’t be a surprise if he rebounds, even if he has been drawn wide. Billy Bojangles (Robbie Fradd) produced his best showing of the season in his last attempt. This son of Solskjaer is in good shape, and he makes plenty of appeal in this. Right To Tango (Elione Chaves) is a force to be reckoned with in this category, and if his last race is to be accounted for, he can make it. For the lower placings, Kentucky Bluegrass (Matthew Chadwick) and Halabaloo (Craig Zackey) are good contenders for the lower placings.

Top Tip: KLOPP

Dangers: Blue Jeans, A P Strike, Billy Bojangles

 

Race 2 (B.31)

ARCTIC FLYER was set off as favourite in his latest and he made no mistake, opening his Mauritian account in the process. Still in top order, he is tipped to double the score with Elione Chaves on board. Dark Force (Robbie Fradd) has done what he could in his debut season. This Ricky Maingard-trained gelding caught the eye at track work and in this contest; he can rattle the selection. Saracen King (Luke Nolen) produced a bullet-like finish to score a last-gasp win in the 35th meeting. Even if he is up in class, he is not prevented from doubling the score. Similar comments apply to Jungle Path (Pierre Charles Boudot), who showed his true colours last time out, after a very tough start. In The Trenches (Mickael Barzalona) had no answer to the winner in his previous outing. Even so, he was not disgraced and in this contest, he should be thereabouts. Final Cup (Jeff Lloyd) was a beaten favourite in his last start. In improved condition, he is entitled to improve.

Top Tip: ARCTIC FLYER

Dangers: Dark Force, Saracen King, Jungle Path

 

Race 3 (0-20)

ST ARNAULT (Melissa Boisgontier) found his best form in his last outing, beaten only by Spin A Coin. In this lower category, he should run a cracker. The veteran Lividus (Larissa Biess) has tried everything to win this season, coming up short each time. He is rated as the biggest threat to the selection here. Mr Oshkosh (Celina Weber) last visited the winner’s enclosure in last season’s International weekend. He has finished in the money in his last two races and from draw 1, he merits plenty of respect in this contest. Social Network (Bethany Baumgardner) was nowhere to be seen in his latest. He is usually much better than that and he can make the frame here. Anton Ruskin (Sara Vermeersch) and Vintage Angel (Elin Rodjare) are two decent outsiders in this.

Top Tip: ST ARNAULT

Dangers: Lividus, Mr Oshkosh, Social Network

 

Race 4 (B.41)

GALTERO (Craig Zackey) could well have confirmed in his latest. Even if he is up a Benchmark, he is not prevented from renewing with success once again. Maxamore ran a cracker last time out, striking for the first time. Luke Nolen rides him and he is capable of doubling the score here. Wow Holiday (Pierre Charles Boudot) has made a solid start to life in Mauritius, although it is fair to say that his previous showing was slightly underwhelming. He looked well in training and his chances must not be taken lightly. Gameloft (Elione Chaves) has been runner-up in his last two attempts, finishing strongly on both occasions. If he is able to follow well, he will fire some tough questions in the closing stages. The duo of Chosen Path (Jeff Lloyd) and Glorious Goodwood (Maxime Guyon) were under-par in their previous races respectively. Both are down a category and merit consideration here.

Top Tip: GALTERO

Dangers: Maxamore, Wow Holiday, Gameloft

 

Race 5 – The Ravenala Attitude Cup (50+)

After an excellent 2016, this season has been rough for CHARLES LYTTON. He made it onto the podium on Duke Of York Cup day, although it is fair to say that it could have been an even better result. Freshened up and with Mickael Barzalona on board, he is taken to bounce back in this final main event of the season. Stable mate Prince Of Thieves is given another chance here. Ignore his performance in the final classic of the season. He will appreciate running over shorter and having showed complete satisfaction at track work, he is capable of striking, particularly with Swapneel Rama knowing him well. Black Tractor (Imran Chisty) has not been seen since he was unplaced in the Colonel Draper Cup (Gr2). He has come out well from a long break and should be bang in the shake up here. Ernie (Hayley Turner) visited the winner’s enclosure for the third time in his previous attempt. In this contest, he merits plenty of respect. Captain Magpie (Matthew Chadwick) scored a well-deserved win in the 34th meeting. He looks the sole frontrunner in this contest, and will be a tough nut to crack if he is able to dictate proceedings. Speed Limit (Robbie Fradd) found things tough in the Duke Of York Cup. Back from a rest, he is in good shape and can make it.

Top Tip: CHARLES LYTTON

Dangers: Prince Of Thieves, Ernie, Black Tractor

 

Race 6 (B.56)

CANDY ROCK had no answer to the rejuvenated Captain Magpie in his latest. He will appreciate running in a lower category and with Pierre Charles Boudot riding him, he will look to bounce back from last year, when he was piped by the late-Super Glue in last year’s International weekend. Seven Fountains (Luke Nolen) landed the final podium spot in the 33rd meeting. He is rated as the biggest threat to the selection. Aficionado could not do enough to stop Talbec in his recent start, although he still ended up on the podium. He showed up well in his workouts and with Jeff Lloyd on board, he should go very close. Greys Inn Control (Swapneel Rama) was unplaced in his previous outing. Before that, he had won and finished runner-up. He can make his presence felt in this. Outsiders worth considering include Kemal Kavur (Maxime Guyon) and Netflix (Elione Chaves).

Top Tip: CANDY ROCK

Dangers: Seven Fountains, Aficionado, Greys Inn Control

 

Race 7 (B.61)

Billed as a major contender in the feature race of the 31st meeting, ELITE CLASS (Elione Chaves) failed to show up, finishing outside of the placings. He is far better than that, having showed in his exercises. His connections are confident that he can notch up his 10th win here. Unbridled Joy (Matthew Chadwick) made it a pillar to post in his latest, opening his account for the season. He remains in good nick and can double the score. Another horse that can make it two wins in succession is Tanjiro (Hayley Turner), even over a shorter trip. Awesome Adam (Robbie Fradd) has winning form in this Benchmark. He has been drawn perfectly and will be a big danger in the closing stages. Everest (Jeff Lloyd) and Split The Breeze (Mickael Barzalona) are good contenders for the lower placings.

Top Tip: ELITE CLASS

Dangers: Unbridled Joy, Tanjiro, Awesome Adam

 

Race 8 (B.36)

BRAVE LEADER (Craig Zackey) saw his winning streak come to an end in race meeting 31. He had a difficult run throughout and yet he only finished 5th, just 2.7 lengths behind the winner. Well-trained and with a good draw, he can renew with success. Swinging Captain (Swapneel Rama) scored a very easy win last Saturday. His yard’s decision to enter him again must be respected, and it won’t be a surprise to see him double the score here. Seeking The Dream (Jeff Lloyd) last won in the 10th meeting. In the five races since, he has finished in the money three times. He has benefited from a short break and from draw 1, he is worthy of consideration. Spun Out (Hayley Turner) is back again after his third place last Saturday. Even if he is running over a higher category, he should be thereabouts. Redwood Valley (Imran Chisty) and Imperial Dancer (Matthew Chadwick) are two decent outsiders.

Top Tip: BRAVE LEADER

Dangers: Swinging Captain, Seeking The Dream, Spun Out