Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 20
Sea Pass was set off as favourite in his latest. However, he was nowhere to be seen, finishing second-to-last. He has since been gelded, and it seems to have had a positive effect, based on his strong showings at track work. He should be competitive in this. Noordhoek Ice has performed consistently throughout the season. Runner-up in his last two races, he is capable of making it third time lucky. St Arnault is far better than what he showed in his previous attempt. He looked in good shape at track work and with Brad Pengelly on board, he should be respected. ALBERTS DAY was stuck three-wide throughout the race in his last attempt. Well-trained and having been handed a perfect draw, he can mount a bold bid. Caracal ran out of galloping room in the final stages in his last outing. He will appreciate running over this 1850 metre trip and if he can get a good start, he will be hard to beat. Swinging Captain has come out well from his good-looking debut, and he can make the frame in this, while Mojo G and Jullidar are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: ALBERTS DAY
Dangers: Caracal, Sea Pass, Noordhoek Ice
WITHOUT A DOUBT has not confirmed the win he picked up on his debut in the 2nd meeting. He did finish runner-up to Charleston Hero in his latest and that result has added value, as the winner confirmed last Saturday. He is taken to go one better here. Storm Clipper showed vast improvement in the first ever 950 metre race on Barbe Cup day. He is running in a lower category this time round and is rated as the biggest danger to the selection. Secret Idea completed the podium in his last outing and a repeat performance here should see him go close. Jungle Path has come out well from his debut and should run on improvement.
Top Tip: WITHOUT A DOUBT
Dangers: Storm Clipper, Secret Idea, Jungle Path
Emaar has finished 2nd in all four of his races this season. It won’t be a surprise if he manages to make it fifth time lucky here. Having gone close on a few occasions, Our Jet was under-par in his previous showing. This time round, he is down a Benchmark and having worked well, he should make his presence felt. Glorious Goodwood was a strong 4th last time out, making up plenty of ground in the final stages. He will appreciate running over the additional 100 metres and makes plenty of appeal here. LEE’S STAR has made a good start to life in Mauritius. After finishing 3rd on his debut, he was the best of the rest behind Silver Snaffles in his latest. Well-trained, he gets the vote in this contest. Dealer’s Charm managed to go one better in the 15th meeting, and as he remains in good nick, he can double the score. Moi Power is back in Benchmark 41, where he scored a surprising win in the 9th meeting. He has not come close to confirming, but it would be wrong to write him off here.
Top Tip: LEE’S STAR
Dangers: Emaar, Glorious Goodwood, Our Jet
Trackmaster won brilliantly in the Barbe Cup meeting. He returns to Benchmark 56, where he in fact struck in last year’s Golden Trophy meeting. In good shape and form, he can confirm. Apart from his debut, RAP ATTACK has been a constant presence on the podium throughout his debut season. He will appreciate running over this long trip and he has a strong chance of finally opening his account. Independence needed the run badly in his latest. This Rameshwar Gujadhur-trained gelding is in better shape and is capable of having a big say on proceedings. Parker might have been beaten late on last time out, but he lost no admirers with his showing. Even in a higher Benchmark, he is not prevented from going one better. Dawn Raid has performed genuinely this season and is not prevented from making it a hat-trick of wins, while Down Under and Dustan are rated as good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: RAP ATTACK
Dangers: Trackmaster, Dawn Raid, Independence
The last run of Karraar must be consigned to the dustbin, as it was too bad to be true. He has shown that he is far better than that, and he should have no problems in running over the Draper’s Mile. He looked in top order in his workouts and he can rebound strongly. Preference however is for EASY LOVER, who had to settle for the role as bridesmaid to Tandragee in the second classic of the season. He represents an in-form yard and Cedric Segeon is of the opinion that he can go one better. A good case can be made for Nordic Warrior, who finished a close 3rd in an elite race in race meeting 14. That result is reinforced by the fact that the winner won the Barbe Cup, while the runner-up won a Group 3. Even if he is tackling the Draper’s Mile, he merits the greatest of respect. One Cool Dude may have landed 2nd place in his penultimate outing, but he did not make it count last time out. Nevertheless, he remains a classy sort and it would be wrong to rule him out here. For the lower placings, Speed Limit and Captain Magpie are two good bets.
Top Tip: EASY LOVER
Dangers: Karraar, Nordic Warrior, One Cool Dude
6th Race – The Turf Magazine 40th Anniversary Trophy (Group 2)
Enaad produced an eye-catching run in the Barbe Cup by landing the final podium spot. This pure stayer has come out very well from that run and looked in top order in training. He has been chosen by Steven Arnold and he can mount a bold bid here. Stable mate DISCO AL has been forced to settle for the role as bridesmaid in his last two attempts. This veteran will relish running over this long trip and having showed up very well in his exercises, he can open his Mauritian account. Champion horse Parachute Man landed 4th place in his return to competition after a very long spell out. He has benefited from that run and a big showing is forthcoming from him. Solar Star scored a very well deserved win in the Winter Stakes and as he remains in good order, he can double the score. Scotsnog was only good enough for 3rd in his latest. Nevertheless, he remains a genuine competitor and even with his wide draw, he is still worth a thought in this.
Top Tip: DISCO AL
Dangers: Enaad, Parachute Man, Solar Star
Aficionado stole victory at the death in his latest. Still in top order, his chances of confirming look good. SAARIKH saw the win taken away from the aforementioned Aficionado. He will relish running over this long trip and he is capable of bouncing back. Avail won superbly in his previous outing and he should be bang in the shake up, while Seven Oceans and Silver Dice should fight it out for the lower placings.
Top Tip: SAARIKH
Dangers: Aficionado, Avail, Seven Oceans
Preference is for GOLDEN BALL in the final contest. This Alain Perdrau-trained gelding bagged a courageous win in his last start, and he is taken to double the score here. Rebel Alliance might have won on his debut, but he was off the pace in his latest. It won’t be a surprise if he manages to rebound in this. Logan produced a cracker in his recent run, scoring his first ever win as a racehorse. He has continued to improve and with his yard still churning out victories, he can give the favourite a real run for his money. Right To Tango will be a threat in the closing stages, while Blue Jeans and Ocean Hunter are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: GOLDEN BALL
Dangers: Rebel Alliance, Logan, Right To Tango
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