Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 27
A number of newcomers in this 1400 metre race, with the vote going to BIRDS EYE VIEW. He hails from the in-form Rameshwar Gujadhur yard and he performed nicely back in his homeland, including competing against a certain Edict Of Nantes – a Group 1 winner. He looked in good order in his trials and he can strike at the first time of asking. In Your Face makes his debut for Patrick Merven here. He has shown promise in his workouts and his chances look solid here. Saracen King showed some signs of progress in his latest. He should feel comfortable in this field. Raheeb and Final Cup should battle it out to complete the quartet.
Top Tip: BIRDS EYE VIEW
Dangers: In Your Face, Saracen King, Raheeb
JULLIDAR stole victory at the death in his latest. Positioned at the back, he finished like a freight train to nab Craftsman. He will appreciate the additional 100 metres and can make it a hat-trick of wins. His nearest opponent is Ramaas, who won from start-to-finish last time out. He remains in good nick and having been drawn perfectly, he can double the score with Yashin Emamdee riding in confidence. Stable companion Rock On Geordies has yet to open his account, but he has always been thereabouts. In top order, he warrants serious consideration. Swinging Captain won very impressively in the Princess Margaret Cup meeting. There is a lot more to come from this promising sort and his chances of confirming must not be taken lightly. Rebel Alliance has not come close to confirming his debut win in the 9th meeting. At best, he is rated as a good place bet.
Top Tip: JULLIDAR
Dangers: Ramaas, Rock On Geordies, Swinging Captain
Not a lot to choose from in this ordinary field, but THE BRASS BELL is the one to side with here. He showed bags of improvement in his latest, beaten only by Political Power. This Gilbert Rousset-trained gelding has continued to progress and he is taken to go one better. Right To Tango has winning form in this lower category. His recent form does not make great reading, but he should go close here. Captain’s Cronicle stayed on for 4th place in his previous outing, and is capable of making the frame once again. The duo of Power Dive and Vintage Angel will appreciate running in this field and are rated as good place bets.
Top Tip: THE BRASS BELL
Dangers: Right To Tango, Captain’s Cronicle, Power Dive
Preference is for NO RESISTANCE here. He was only good enough for 5th in his last showing over a longer trip. He will relish tackling the Draper’s Mile and as he is the sole frontrunner in this field, he will be very hard to beat. Aware has been on the podium in the two follow ups since his win in the 14th meeting. This seven-year old is in good condition and he can give the selection a hard time. Talbec finished runner-up to Act Of Loyalty in his debut, clocking the best chronos over the final 600 metres. He has worked well and even though he would have preferred a far longer trip, it would be wrong to write him off. Noah’s Ark might have been runner-up to Lee’s Star in his latest, but it was still his best showing on Mauritian soil. He is on good terms with himself and with his yard in good nick, he merits a lot of respect in this. Paladin is back to full fitness after he bled in the Derby Cup, while Jolie Roger is down a category and has been drawn in the ace. Both are capable of finishing in the money here.
Top Tip: NO RESISTANCE
Dangers: Aware, Noah’s Ark, Talbec
SEVEN FOUNTAINS produced a good-looking showing on Maiden Cup day. He finished 5th, 1.45 lengths behind Speed Limit, making up plenty of ground at the end. In this Benchmark, he set the standard. Stable mate Mr Leyend did not disgrace himself in his latest. He has rediscovered his optimal form and he can make it. Tanjiro made an instant visit to the winner’s enclosure in his debut. Now under the tutelage of Preetam Daby, he can double the score with Ioannis Poullis on board. Lee’s Star has done nothing wrong since arriving from South Africa. This son of Western Winter has struck in his last two races and it won’t be a surprise if he completes his hat-trick in this. Stable mate Gharbee runs well fresh and warrants consideration, while Candy Rock always performs honestly and can make his presence felt.
Top Tip: SEVEN FOUNTAINS
Dangers: Tanjiro, Lee’s Star, Mr Leyend
6th Race – The Mauritius Union Group Colonel Draper Cup
The first feature race of the weekend is a straight fight between BEAT THE RETREAT and Black Tractor. Both of these horses have done nothing wrong since arriving in Mauritius. They are in top nick and although it is never easy to choose, slight preference is for the former. A decent case can be made for Ready To Attack, whose last race must be ignored as he picked up an injury. In good shape, he has been drawn in the ace and it is worth noting that his two wins have occurred when he has been drawn in that prized barrier. Speed Limit comes into this race having won two on the bounce. Well-trained, he can seal his hat-trick. Hard Day’s Night was second best in his latest. The Four-year old champion is capable of going one better, having worked very well and hailing from an in-form yard. Karraar has had to make do with second place in his last two races. He is running into some in-form competitors, but he can easily finish in the quartet here.
Top Tip: BEAT THE RETREAT
Dangers: Black Tractor, Ready To Attack, Speed Limit
ROB’S JEWEL is given another chance here. He ran into unfortunate circumstances in the Maiden Cup meeting and was distressed after the race. He showed no problems in his workouts and can bounce back in style. Rumbullion showed up well in his latest. This Simon Jones-trained gelding is down two Benchmarks and it is worth remembering that his sole win came in this category. Baron Bellet has done everything but score since arriving from South Africa. His last start saw him have no answer to Ice Run, who was too good on the day. He is not prevented from going one better here. Marron might have been narrowly beaten in his debut, but he failed to confirm that showing in his follow up. This son of Horse Chestnut is worth another look with Imran Chisty riding him. Midnight Man must not be condemned on his last run, as he was only 3.5 lengths behind Cula. He showed up well in training and he is worth a thought in this.
Top Tip: ROB’S JEWEL
Dangers: Rumbullion, Barron Bellet, Marron