Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 2


1st Race
STORM CLIPPER can provide a perfect lift off for Britain’s Richard Oliver and his association with Ricky Maingard in this opening contest. This four-year old was last seen scoring an excellent win in early November. Well-trained, he can double the score. Arctic Flyer suffered a narrow defeat to Dark Force in the International meeting. He has been well-prepared for his seasonal debut and can give the selection a very hard time. Bobby’s Express was unfortunate in his debut, running out of galloping room at a crucial moment in the final stages. This Jean-Michel Henry-trained horse merits tons of respect here. Varside performed consistently in his homeland, finishing in the money in all but two of his races. He has shown promise in his workouts and is entitled to show up here. For the lower placings, Masaar and Megamuhti are good contenders.
Dangers: Arctic Flyer, Bobby’s Express, Varside

2nd Race
A P STRIKE still has a zero in his wins column in Mauritius. However, he was the best of the rest in his last two attempts, so it won’t be a surprise if he manages to make it third time lucky, especially in this ordinary field. Apart from his first two races, where he finished 2nd, It’s My Party was nowhere to be seen in 2017. This Rameshwar Gujadhur-trained gelding can do much better and he has been first rate at track work. It won’t be a surprise if he ends his winless drought here. Dark Liability produced his best showing in Mauritius in his last attempt, finishing runner-up to Jungle Path. He has a good chance of going one better in this. Tigre Libre produced his best showing of 2017 in his last start, finishing runner-up to the late-Ruby Rocker. He is rated as a good chance in this, having worked well. Al Firenze failed to show up last season, with his best showing coming in the final meeting when he landed 4th. He has landed the pole position draw and is in with a chance. Magic Jay blew hot and cold last season, but in this ordinary field, he can show up.
Dangers: Al Firenze, It’s My Party, Tigre Libre

3rd Race
SKIP THE RED is an up and coming star on Mauritian turf. He excelled in his debut season and there is even more to come from this genuine performer. He is taken to make it five straight wins with Richard Oliver on board for the first time. Galtero was very unlucky to be on the wrong side of a photo-finish involving himself and Gameloft in the International meeting. He is in good shape and form, and from the pole position draw, he can bounce back. Moonrise Sensation makes his belated debut here, after he was a very late scratching last Saturday. It is worth remembering that he has arrived with a promising reputation and he has been quick to show his abilities in his trials. He is rated as a major contender in this. Top Of The Rock has always run to the best of his abilities here, and merits consideration in this. For the lower placings, Seven League Boots and Gimme Green are rated as good contenders.
Dangers: Galtero, Moonrise Sensation, Top Of The Rock

4th Race
GLEN COCO showed up well in his debut season, scoring two excellent wins. The second of them came in this Benchmark and another one here is a strong possibility. Argo Solo only made one appearance last season and it was a direct visit to the winner’s enclosure. He has benefited from the break and his yard has been satisfied with his training. He can make it two from two here. Palladium is a promising son of Silvano and is under the tutelage of Jean-Michel Henry. He has shown a lot of potential in his exercises and can follow in the footsteps of Baritone and Zodiac Jack by winning first time out for his trainer. Varadiso has done nothing wrong since arriving in Mauritius, winning twice and finishing in the money in his other races. Even in this higher category, this Patrick Merven-trained gelding is not easily passed over. Stable mate Ice Run has been chosen by Imran Chisty and he has proved that he is hard to beat when he dictate proceedings. Sunset Breeze is usually a good finisher and he will be a genuine threat in the closing stages, while Chosen Path has landed the plum draw and is capable of going all the way.
Dangers: Argo Solo, Palladium, Chosen Path

5th Race
A good-looking contest over 1400 metres, featuring numerous contenders here. CHOSEN DASH is one of them and he scored a superb win in the International meeting with Elione Chaves on board. He had gone close to winning more than once earlier in the season. In excellent condition, he can open his seasonal account at the first time of asking. Even so, Lee’s Star should not be underestimated. This four-year old won three times and finished on the podium on four occasions in his debut season. He has progressed even further and can deny the selection here. Silver Snaffles had a very strong second half of 2017. He has been an ever present at track work since the start of the year and his gallops have not gone unnoticed. He has been drawn in the ace and will be hard to beat if able to dictate proceedings. Door Of Deception was 6th in his previous attempt, but he made up some ground in the final straight, finishing just 1.9 lengths behind the winner. He warrants serious consideration in this. The same applies to Alaadel – a promising newcomer at Gilbert Rousset’s yard. Seven Fountains and Do Be Snappy can be in the mix, even over this short trip, while Mutzi has showed up well in his trials and it is worth keeping an eye on him.
Dangers: Lee’s Star, Silver Snaffles, Door Of Deception

6th Race – The Grit 50th Anniversary of Independence of Mauritius Cup (50+)
Preference is for the Three-year old champion in this 1450 metre main event. OOMPH is expected to achieve bigger things after his exploits in his debut season. He has been well-prepared for his return to competition and Cedric Segeon is confident in his chances. One Cool Dude can do far better than how he fared last season. He has benefited hugely from the off-season and should produce a bold bid here. Karraar managed to score two wins in 2017 and he did come close to striking on more than one occasion. Well-trained, he can make it. Stable mate Prince Of Thieves is in excellent shape and form, and he is rated as a good chance in this. Outsiders worth considering include Hard Day’s Night and M L Jet.
Top Tip: OOMPH
Dangers: Karraar, One Cool Dude, Prince Of Thieves

7th Race
IT DOESN’T MATTER managed to open his Mauritian account in the International meeting. He remains in good nick and is taken to double the score. Jullidar had no answer to Swinging Captain in last season’s final meeting. He can set the record straight here, even over this shorter trip. Rebel Alliance made it an instant visit to the winner’s enclosure in his debut, but the rest of the season proved a struggle for him. Like most of his stable mates, he has come out well from the off-season and he should go close here. League Of Legends went winless last season, managing to finish runner-up on two occasions. In reasonable shape, he can make his presence felt. Zap makes his debut for Gujadhur stable and having showed up in his trials, it is worth keeping an eye on him. Rock On Geordies and Ramaas are rated as good place bets.
Dangers: Jullidar, Rebel Alliance, League Of Legends

8th Race
Aspara had arrived with a very promising reputation, but it was not until the second half of last season when he performed. He managed to break the ice in his last start and as he is in good order, he can confirm. Gold Medalist produced a lukewarm performance in his last showing. It won’t be a surprise if he rebounds in this. Napoli makes his belated debut for Amar Sewdyal, after he was a late scratching last Saturday. He has been promising at track work and can have a big say here. ANTWERP struck the crossbar more than once in 2017. He always performs consistently and having been drawn in the ace, he can make it. Sarah’s Secret and Valerin are good contenders for the lower placings, while newcomer The Third Man has caught the eye with his gallops and must be watched closely.
Dangers: Aspara, Gold Medalist, Napoli

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