Air Mauritius-Attitude International Jockeys’ Weekend
Preference is for RASTA REBEL in the opening contest of the weekend. He produced a showing full of courage in his latest, and as he is in good nick, he is taken to go one better this time round. Sea Pass has been knocking at the door in his last few attempts. His last run came at a cost as he bled. Fully recovered, he showed no signs of problems at track work and having been drawn in the ace, he can end his debut season on a high here. Spin A Coin is in the form of his life, having won his last two races. He can make it a hat-trick with Pierre Charles Boudot on board. Starsky has landed 3rd place in each of his last three races. Freshened up, he can make his presence felt. Nadas is the first horse to be ridden by Jeff Lloyd in his return to Mauritius. This Ricky Maingard-trained gelding rediscovered the winning touch two meetings ago. He will try the 1600 metres for the first time, and he is capable of confirming. For the lower placings, Birds Eye View and Line Of Sight are good contenders.
Top Tip: RASTA REBEL
Dangers: Sea Pass, Spin A Coin, Starsky
This 1400 metre contest is a straight fight between two last time winners – GOLD MEDALIST and Flower Blue. Both horses remain in excellent condition and although it is very tough to pick a favourite, marginal preference is for the former. In Your Dreams can have a big say in this. His last start saw him beaten at the death by Elysian Park. Pop The Question produced a solid showing on his debut, landing the final podium spot. Having benefited from that run, he is in better shape and form, and is entitled to go close here. Secret Idea justified his status as favourite in his previous run, thanks to a bold ride from Doorgesh Bheekary. Still in good order, he is capable of confirming with Maxime Guyon riding him. Red China has been drawn in the ace and is not prevented from confirming his dominant win in his last attempt, while Plain Of Wisdom blows hot and cold, but he is always bang in the shake up on a good day
Top Tip: GOLD MEDALIST
Dangers: Flower Blue, In Your Dreams, Pop The Question
After seven frustrating efforts, EMAAR finally managed to get the win he was so looking for in the 31st meeting. He has benefited from a short break and he is tipped to double the score here. Top Of The Rock has performed genuinely in his debut season. He finished runner-up to Kalinago in his latest, and can give the selection a real run for his money. A case can be made for Avail, who brushed aside the opposition with ease just two meetings ago. Still in good nick, he hails from an in-form yard and it won’t be a surprise if he confirms. Arabian Sea has come out well from his debut showing and merits plenty of respect, while the duo of Declarator and New Star is not prevented from showing up in this.
Top Tip: EMAAR
Dangers: Top Of The Rock, Avail, Arabian Sea
Since running into misfortune on Duchess Of York Cup day, SKIP THE RED has been in phenomenal form. Nobody could stop him from completing his hat-trick in race meeting 30. He remains in top order and is rated as the best shot of the weekend for Craig Zackey. Racing For Fun did not disgrace himself in his latest, completing the quartet and 1.6 lengths behind Psycho Syd. It is worth noting that it was in a higher category, and now he is back in Benchmark 46 – where he has winning form, he can run a cracker with Mickael Barzalona in the irons. Soweto Moon was only good enough for 3rd on Duke Of York Cup day. He can do even better and can rattle the selection here. Answeringenesis was 4th last time out, trying his best as he has always done since landing here. Jeff Lloyd is on board, and if he is able to dictate proceedings, he will be hard to beat. Schachar looked bang on form in his gallops and from the ace, he merits serious consideration. Outsiders worth considering include Prince Lateral and Ice Run.
Top Tip: SKIP THE RED
Dangers: Racing For Fun, Soweto Moon, Answeringenesis
5th Race – The Air Mauritius 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Cup (60+)
The champion horse is the one to side with in this main event. READY TO ATTACK made the headlines in the Duke Of York Cup, not only winning his second classic, but also making sure that his yard made it a Grand Slam in all four classics this season. He remains in good order and with Hayley Turner steering him, he should produce another big run. Scotsnog was the best of the rest in the final classic of the season. He has a good chance of going one better here. Kingmambo’s Legacy scored a well deserved win in the Coupe des Presidents (Gr2), winning from start-to-finish. Even over the shorter trip, he is not prevented from doubling the score in this. Easy Lover finished in 4th in both of his last two races, although it is fair to say that it was his showing in his second-to-last race which was particularly impressive. Imran Chisty is on board and from his plum draw, he is worthy of consideration. M L Jet has not taken long to adapt to his new surroundings, having shown up very well in training. It won’t be a surprise to see him make it here.
Top Tip: READY TO ATTACK
Dangers: Scotsnog, Kingmambo’s Legacy, Easy Lover
VAR’S DREAM added another glorious chapter to his excellent season in his latest. He always performs genuinely and is the horse that sets the standard here. Kapitan produced an excellent debut in race meeting 35, finishing runner-up to Victory Team. Down a Benchmark and in good shape, he can go one better. Chosen Dash has been unable to strike this season, although he has gone close on more than one occasion. Now at the yard of Alain Perdrau, he looked solid at track work and with Elione Chaves riding him, he must be treated with respect here. Door Of Deception was incommoded in the final straight in his recent attempt. He should be thereabouts in this contest. For the lower placings, Silver Bluff and New Hampshire are good contenders.
Top Tip: VAR’S DREAM
Dangers: Kapitan, Chosen Dash, Door Of Deception
The match of the day takes place in the penultimate contest, featuring Act Of Loyalty and ROB’S JEWEL. While the former has performed very consistently, the latter has been a star performer, winning four of his six attempts. Both horses are in tremendous condition, but as the second-named horse is down a Benchmark, the vote goes in his direction. Our Jet proved that his win in race meeting 31 was no fluke when he finished second to Mr Bond in his follow up. He can notch up another win in this. Sir Earl Grey had no such problems in finding the winner’s enclosure during this period last year. It remains his last win, and as he is also competing in a lower class, he is not prevented from ending his winless spell with Robbie Fradd in the saddle. Promissory was second best to Lee’s Star in last Saturday’s main event. He has been entered again and it won’t be a surprise if he manages to go one better. Jolie Roger and Kalinago are rated as good bets for the lower placings.
Top Tip: ROB’S JEWEL
Dangers: Act Of Loyalty, Promissory, Sir Earl Grey
Ignore the last run of IT DOESN’T MATTER. He is capable of doing better, and having dropped down a Benchmark, he has a strong chance of opening his Mauritian account with Swapneel Rama on board. Kimberley has performed very consistently throughout his debut season. He has won once and finished in the money in his other races. He should mount a bold bid here. Rebel Alliance has yet to confirm his debut win, although he has been generally in the money. He merits serious consideration in this. New Golden Age could well have won in his latest. If given a bold ride, he can rebound. Student Grant has progressed and can sneak into the quartet, while Duke The Duke, winner in last season’s International weekend, is ready for his return to competition, and must be watched closely.
Top Tip: IT DOESN’T MATTER
Dangers: Kimberley, Rebel Alliance, New Golden Age
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