1st Race (0-20)
#1 FORTISSIMO ended last season in the good books, winning in the final meeting of the regular season and going very close to confirming in the International meeting. Well-trained, he is the one to side with here. #7 Al Hamd was not disgraced in his seasonal debut. He will relish running over longer and having been drawn in the ace, he should be right in the mix. #10 Spun Out has been quite competitive in his recent races. He is worth a thought in this contest. #3 Kash Is King struck twice at the back end of last season. He has been well-prepared for his seasonal debut and with Karl Zechner on board, he can make his presence felt. For the lower placings, #2 He’s Got Gears and #8 Beretta Bobcat are good contenders.
Top Tip: #1 FORTISSIMO
Danger: #7 Al Hamd
Dark Horse: #3 Kash Is King

 

2nd Race (B.31)
#5 THE BYZANTINE was only beaten by Bonjour Baby in his recent attempt. He is taken to go one better here, having landed the perfect draw. #1 Chester’s Wish made up some ground to finish 4th in his seasonal debut. In good shape, he will relish the mile and should be able to do even better here. #2 Rasta Rebel has come out well from his good showing last time out. Even from his wide draw, he can produce a big run in this. #7 Kimberley is always thereabouts when on song. Second best in his last start, he is not prevented from going one better. #6 Greenstreettractor and #8 Star Of Kazan performed solidly in their last races respectively, and are solid contenders for the lower placings here.
Top Tip: #5 THE BYZANTINE
Danger: #1 Chester’s Wish
Dark Horse: #2 Rasta Rebel

 

3rd Race (B.36)
Preference in this contest is for #10 CAPTAIN RAM, who produced an eye-catching performance in his seasonal debut over the 990 metres. He is running over longer this time round and will be hard to beat. #5 From The Ashes won brilliantly just two weeks ago. He is capable of confirming with Kersley Ramsamy on board once again. #4 Captain My Captain gave it a good go in his recent attempt. He merits tons of respect here. #2 Midnight Oracle has been performing consistently and is another one for the notebook, while #6 Jama and #8 A P Strike are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #10 CAPTAIN RAM
Danger: #5 From The Ashes
Dark Horse: #2 Midnight Oracle

 

4th Race (B.46)
#7 MR CRUMFORD is a newcomer at Alain Perdrau’s yard. He is a three-year old son of Jackson, who won the Group 1 Daily News 2000 with Karis Teetan on board. He has caught the eye at track work and excelled in a barrier trial in midweek. He can follow in the footsteps of Rule The Night in striking at the first time of asking. #3 Rock On Geordies was good enough for 3rd on Duchess Of York Cup day. Down a Benchmark where he has winning form, he can give the selection an almighty fright. A case can be made for #8 Wall Tag, who gave it his best shot in trying to beat Virtue in the inaugural meeting. His wide draw is of concern, but he is not prevented from making it here. #1 Glorious Goodwood did not disgrace himself in his last attempt in the International meeting. He can feature in the finish here. #2 Henry Tudor is much better than what he served up last time out and it would be wrong to put a line through his chances. #6 Galtero packs a powerful finish and will be a big danger in the closing stages.
Top Tip: #7 MR CRUMFORD
Danger: #3 Rock On Geordies
Dark Horse: #1 Glorious Goodwood

 

5th Race (B.51)
#5 PERPLEXING was arguably the star performer of 2018. He has been well-prepared for his return to competition and he can add another win to his collection. #2 Ouzo was unlucky to have his win taken away from him in the International meeting. Before, he had won three on the bounce. There is a lot more to come from him this season and as he is down a Benchmark compared to last time, he is capable of starting his season on the right note. #6 Red Line Captain won from start-to-finish last time out. He is not prevented from having a say on proceedings here. #4 Talbec has benefited hugely from the break and should be thereabouts, while #7 Top Of The Rock and #1 I Travel Light are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: #5 PERPLEXING
Danger: #2 Ouzo
Dark Horse: #6 Red Line Captain

 

6th Race – The Geetanjalee Narang Memorial Cup (B.61)
After defeat to Perplexing in the final leg of the Three-year old series, #3 King’s County went on to win four straight races. He has progressed further during the off-season and another big run is forthcoming from him. #5 Cool At Heart, who produced quite an irresistible performance just two meetings ago, setting a new record over the 1450 metres. Still in top order, he can confirm. #10 RAP ATTACK was only beaten by Ice Run in the opening meeting. This consistent sort will relish running over longer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go one better here. Stable mate #8 Bonnie Prince did not disgrace himself just two weeks ago. He is down a category and should conjure up a competitive showing here. #9 Opera Royal has been thereabouts in his recent races. Even in this Benchmark, he shouldn’t be very far away. #2 Summer Sky has caught the eye in training and should be thereabouts, while #1 Overshadow is back from a long break and must be watched closely here.
Top Tip: #10 RAP ATTACK
Danger: #6 Cool At Heart
Dark Horse: #8 Bonnie Prince

 

7th Race (B.41)

#5 Charleston Hero messed up the start in the second meeting. Despite that, he still managed to complete the quartet. Having dropped down numerous categories and with Derreck David on board, he is rated as a big runner in this. #9 BARAK LAVAN was not disgraced in his seasonal debut over the 990 metres. This Shirish Narang-trained gelding has come out very well from that run and will have no problems tackling the mile. He can break the ice with Brazil’s Bruno Reis on board. #4 Sacred Flame did what he could in his first race since changing yards. In even better condition, he can have a say in this. #2 Avail did what he could last season. Usually a consistent performer, his chances must not be scoffed at. #7 Emaar returns after a break and should be right in the mix, while #1 Apollo Star can run on improvement, if he behaves himself.
Top Tip: #9 BARAK LAVAN
Danger: #5 Charleston Hero
Dark Horse: #4 Sacred Flame

 

8th Race (0-26)
Unlucky would be appropriate to describe #5 WHAT A FIZZ in his debut start. Having come out well from that run, he gets the vote in this. #8 Anton Ruskin is his nearest opponent. Beaten by the irresistible Good Buddy in his last two races, he is capable of making it third time lucky. #2 Dealer’s Charm blows hot and cold, but in this category, he warrants respect. #6 Starsky ventures out for the first time in 2019. Always thereabouts, he is one for the notebook. For the lower placings, #3 Rebel Alliance and debutant #4 Taranaki are good contenders.
Top Tip: #5 WHAT A FIZZ
Danger: #8 Anton Ruskin
Dark Horse: #2 Dealer’s Charm

 

9th Race (0-25)
Perhaps the certainty of this meeting is #2 PLAY ANOTHER TUNE. He produced an excellent showing in the Duchess Of York Cup, landing 3rd place. He has benefited from that run and in this low category, he will be extremely tough to beat. #9 Never Fear has made a genuine start to life in Mauritius, finishing in the placings in all of his first three races. He looks the likeliest to take advantage of any slip up from the overwhelming favourite. #1 Mr Bombastic is a very promising three-year old at Ricky Maingard’s yard. He has shown potential in his workouts and is not prevented from striking at the first time of asking. #10 Spin A Coin has benefited from a long break, showing no signs of rust in his trials. Jeanot Bardottier is on board and it is worth keeping an eye on him. #5 Sir Capers had a difficult run throughout in the second meeting. He is worth another look and can finish in the lower placings here.
Top Tip: #2 PLAY ANOTHER TUNE
Danger: #9 Never Fear
Dark Horse: #1 Mr Bombastic