Race 1 (0-26)
After finishing runner-up on Duchess Of York Cup day, Golden Ball managed to go one better in his following run, beating Cape Horn who has since struck twice. This three-year old has shown his stubborn side on a few occasions but he has shown no problems when he is working out. His chances of confirming are good. CHARLESTON HERO produced a very encouraging debut in the 8th meeting, landing second place. He is in even better shape, and in this low class, he should run a cracker. Skip The Red was unfortunate in his own debut, finishing 4th after having difficulty finding room in the final few metres. He runs well fresh and merits tons of respect, with Muzi Yeni steering him. Varadiso is set for his debut and based on his impressive track work, he is not prevented from striking at the first time of asking. Similar comments apply to Caracal, who has been patiently prepared by his yard, while Secret Idea has a lot of potential and is another one for the notebook.
Top Tip: CHARLESTON HERO
Watch Out: Golden Ball, Skip The Red, Varadiso
Race 2 (B.41)
RUMBULLION made up plenty of ground in his previous showing, landing the final podium spot. The longer trip is in his favour and based on his workouts, in which he showed up well against recent winner Brachetto, he can run a cracker here. Prince Lateral has raced twice this season and in both attempts, he has been the bridesmaid. Well-trained, he is very capable of setting the record straight from the ace. Data Controller scored a pillar to post in his return to competition. He has continued to progress and can double the score. The Deacon was under-par in his last race. He is expected to show improvement. Stable companion and newcomer Steal A March has been chosen by Brandon Lerena. A promising sort, he has shown potential in his trials and must be watched closely here. Heart Of Darkness has benefited from his debut, and with Robert Khathi in the saddle this time round, he should be competitive.
Top Tip: RUMBULLION
Watch Out: Prince Lateral, Data Controller, Steal A March
Race 3 (B.36)
PAJAMA PARTY scored a resounding win in the Bicentenary Cup meeting. He remains in top nick, and is taken to double the score. Mount Fuji was a beaten favourite last time out. He will have designs on going one better, having worked very well. Avail has come out well from his seasonal debut. He will appreciate the step up in trip and he is given tons of respect in this. Harryhopeithappens did not disgrace himself over a very long trip in his previous start. He makes appeal in this contest. Kilroy flopped in his last start, failing to build in his improved performance in his second-to-last outing. He is rated as a good place bet in this contest, together with Aficionado, who has been handed a plum draw.
Top Tip: PAJAMA PARTY
Watch Out: Mount Fuji, Avail, Harryhopeithappens
Race 4 (B.51)
MR BOND has made a genuine start to life in Mauritius. He has made the podium in his first two races. He has continued to progress and from draw 1, the vote is given to him to open his account at the third time of asking. Forward Drive was a complete disappointment in his seasonal debut, but he slightly redeemed himself in his recent start. He has winning form in this class and in this contest, he can give the selection something to think about. Beluga made it to the winner’s enclosure in his first four races. Since then, he has not come close since, though he was an encouraging 2nd last time out. He should be in the mix in this. Promissory produced a good-looking debut, finishing 3rd, 0.2 lengths behind Step To Fame. Down a Benchmark, but running over longer, he merits serious consideration. Navistar and Torotino are rated as good place bets.
Top Tip: MR BOND
Watch Out: Forward Drive, Promissory, Beluga
Race 5 (B.56)
A wide open race over the Draper’s Mile, with many horses all boasting winning claims. One of them is Olympic Bolt and he merits another chance, after he found things very tough in a higher Benchmark last time out. He satisfied his yard at track work and a big run is expected from this Brazilian-born horse. Entrée has done everything right since joining Gilbert Rousset’s yard. Already a two-time winner this season, he is easily capable of getting a third, such is his current form. Lucky Valentine nearly rebounded in his latest. This is his first try over the Draper’s Mile and is not prevented from making it here, especially having been drawn perfectly. TOP JET might have been runner-up to Malak El Moolook, but it was still a valid attempt from this grey horse. In good order, he makes his 17th appearance on Mauritian soil, and his connections are hoping he can finally break the ice. New Hampshire showed improvement in his recent start. A reproduction of that run should see him in contention. Jolie Roger was not far away behind the winner in race meeting 9, and having shown progress at track work, he makes some appeal here.
Top Tip: TOP JET
Watch Out: Entrée, Olympic Bolt, Lucky Valentine
Race 6 – The Radio Plus 15th Anniversary Trophy (B.66)
Fortune has not been kind to Easy Lover, since he landed 2nd in the Duchess Of York Cup. After being withdrawn in the 10th meeting as a precaution, his saddle slipped in the MTC Bicentenary Trophy, and his jockey did not persevere with him. He definitely deserves another chance and as he is in good shape and form, he should show his true colours in this main event. Awesome Adam justified Ryan Wiggins’ decision to ride him last time out. This partnership is capable of confirming. ARGUN is in the form of his life. Even if he is running in a much higher category, there are every expectations of another big run from this four-year old. Chinese Gold has been unfortunate on more than one occasion this season. His work in training did not go unnoticed, doing well against a certain Parachute Man. He has a good chance of opening his account for the season, with Muzi Yeni on board. For the lower placings, Unbridled Joy and Awesome Power are rated as good contenders.
Top Tip: ARGUN
Watch Out: Chinese Gold, Easy Lover, Awesome Adam
Race 7 (B.31)
The best shot of the day for Steven Arnold and Gujadhur stable lies with CHAP TRAP in the penultimate contest. His last start saw him finish 2nd to Prince George, and that was after he had been stuck three-wide in the early stages of the race. Well-trained, he is tipped to go one better. Declarator showed vast improvement in his latest and in this contest, he looks the most likeliest to benefit from any slip up from the favourite. A case can be made for Ready For Take Off, who is down two Benchmarks. He gave it a good fist in his last outing and fared well in his workouts. Monarchs Emblem clocked the best chrono over the final 600 metres in his last showing and his chances in this contest must not be scoffed at.
Top Tip: CHAP TRAP
Watch Out: Declarator, Monarchs Emblem, Ready For Take Off
Race 8 (0-25)
Usually a consistent performer, Billy Bojangles has yet to get going this season. This Ricky Maingard-trained gelding seems to have woken up, as he looked bright in his workouts. He is a fencer, and the fact he has been drawn in the ace is a benefit. Lecture D’s last run must be consigned to the dustbin, as he was stuck wide throughout. His showing in his seasonal debut was promising and as he represents a yard bang on form, he warrants respect. Social Network may have failed to confirm in his latest, but he still did enough to complete the podium. He has every chance of renewing with success in this. Varational was set off as favourite in his previous run, but he could only manage 4th. He is running in a lower class this time round and he should show his true abilities with the in-form Raymond Danielson on board. Ek Tha Tiger failed to turn up in his recent showing. He is capable of better and even if he has been badly drawn, he can still make his presence felt. Newsman could have finished better than 5th last time out, had he got a clear run in the home straight. Just as last time, he has been drawn in the ace and if he is able to follow within striking range, he will be hard to resist. RED CHINA has been knocking very hard on the door recently. Runner-up in his last two attempts, he can finally seal the deal here.
Top Tip: RED CHINA
Watch Out: Newsman, Billy Bojangles, Varational