A lot has happened in Mauritius since Silver Song won the final race of 2020, and it is under difficult circumstances that the new Racing Season kicks off. However, all the horses are ready for competition, and the same is said for all trainers and jockeys.

The first feature race of the new season is also the first leg of the Sprinters’ Championship, and it is in honour of the legendary Noble Salute, who graced the Mauritian turf in the 1980s. He was Champion horse in 1983, after his exploits in the Barbe Cup, Maiden Cup and Duke Of York Cup. He would also go on to win the latter classic in three consecutive seasons.

Six horses have been entered in this 990-metre contest, and there are the expectations of a competitive event right from the off.

One horse which gave Gilbert Rousset a helping hand in terms of the Trainers’ title last year was RULE THE NIGHT (Nooresh Juglall). He struck twice and shared the spoils with Alyaasaat in the Four-Year old series. He has performed genuinely throughout his time at the Champ de Mars, which is a testament to his ability considering he was an unknown when he arrived from South Africa.
Based on what he has shown at track work recently, he can start his campaign on a winning note.

ROB ROY (Dinesh Sooful) has proved to be an ace over the 990 metres, with all five of his wins in Mauritius coming over this short trip. He won three races in-a-row last year, while he landed 3rd in the Group 2 Lightning Cup in his last outing. Like the majority of his stable mates at Vincent Allet’s yard, he is in excellent condition, and it is correct to say that a big showing is forthcoming from him.

The Rameshwar Gujadhur yard will be looking for their third win in this race after Blow Me Away (2017) and Nottinghamshire (2018). Representing them here is KAMADEVA (Swapneel Rama), who had a fine 2020 campaign, winning four times and finishing second in seven outings. He has come out strongly from the long off-season and having worked to satisfaction, he can mount a bold bid.

VIRTUE (Nabil Batchameah) runs for the first time since being taken on by Chitranjan Ramdin. He showed up well last year, striking twice and finishing in the money on four occasions. He seems to have settled seamlessly in his new surroundings, looking very impressive in training. It won’t be a surprise if he delivers the goods for his new trainer.

Newcomers GOLDEN TRACTOR (Benedict Woodworth) and QUATRO FIVE SIX (Pravesh Horil) complete the line-up. Both have shown promise in their trials and it is worth keeping a close eye on them.