The first leg of the Four-year old championship takes centre stage in this Saturday’s 9th meeting, with the winner of this season’s first classic joining four other runners in the Group 3 Ricardo Fast Food Mauritius Derby Trial Cup over 1400 metres.

Some of the finest racehorses to have graced Mauritian turf this century have taken out this race, such as The Cardinal, Disa Leader and Kremlin Captain. WHITE RIVER has a golden opportunity to join this select field.

WHITE RIVER made it all about himself in the Duchess Of York Cup, earning Rameshwar Gujadhur’s yard their first win in this classic race. In an interview to Racetime magazine following that win, assistant-trainer Subiraj Gujadhur revealed that the next target for this son of Trippi would be the Four-year old Championship. Since his winning debut, he has been well looked after by his yard and he comes into this race on the back of some excellent gallops. With Manoel Nunes on board, he has a great chance of making two from two.

KAZAAR (Imran Chisty) made his debut in the 6th meeting, finishing 7.8 lengths behind Nebula. It is correct to say that he needed the run and he has benefited hugely from it. In vastly improved shape, he merits a lot of respect.

WOLJAYRINE (Cedric Segeon) was beaten late on by Prince Of Thieves in the Noble Salute Cup. It was in complete contrast to how he fared in the first classic of the season. He would have preferred a shorter trip but even so, he can make his presence felt.

PERA PALACE (Darryl Holland) and WHY WOULDN’T YEW (Dinesh Sooful) complete the line-up for Ricky Maingard’s yard. The former completed the quartet in the Duchess Of York Cup, albeit 8 lengths behind the winner. He is rated as just an outsider in this. As for the latter, he returns to competition after he was last seen in September. He will carry only 52 kg and it will be interesting to see how he fares here.