This morning is very busy, with about 100 horses working at full speed. This marks a significant step in preparation for the new racing season. However, horses from the yards of Shyam Hurchund and Simon Jones merely trot and canter, while Patrick Merven does not send his horses out at all. We also note that horses from Shirish Narang's yard work twice.
After returning to the Champ de Mars yesterday, Yashin Emamdee is present once again this morning, riding numerous horses for Rameshwar Gujadhur's yard. One of them is Winter Prince, who is widely expected to run in the Duchess Of York Cup. Plenty other possible participants of the season's first classic also work fast, most notably Table Bay, Budapest, Ten Gun Salute, Captain Swarovski, Prince Of Wales, Exit Here, St Tropez, The Right Road and Yankee Captain.
Another likely runner, Newlands, shows some potential during his workout alongside Silver Snaffles. He also shows another side of his character, stopping abruptly at the 950 metre post.
Apprentice-jockey Alvinio Roy has difficulty in controlling Kapitan, who covers three laps before stopping. Noah's Ark makes a bid for freedom, but he is quickly caught and led back to his stable.
Plenty of new horses that arrived in Mauritius last year work fast and they could all be making their debut at the start of the new season.