Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 3
Preference is for DARK FORCE, who makes his debut for Ricky Maingard stable. This three-year-old looks a promising sort and he has demonstrated some potential in his trials. He is tipped to strike here. Ek Tha Tiger is rated as his biggest danger. He has worked well and is capable of denying the selection in this. Shield Of Thunder has been entered again after he was a disappointing 4th last Saturday. He is capable of doing better. Stable mate Colour Of Courage has settled well in his new surroundings. Reehaze Hoolash knows him well and he can make the frame. Lord Wellington and debutant Rasta Rebel are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: DARK FORCE
Watch Out: Ek Tha Tiger, Shield Of Thunder, Colour Of Courage
Robert Khathi has made an impressive start to the season, and he can continue his hot run with GAMELOFT in this contest. He might not have won in 2016, but he was not outclassed, as he was a regular presence on the podium. In good shape and form, he can strike. Dawn Raid has finished 2nd and 3rd in his last two races, after scoring victory in his third-to-last attempt. He is given plenty of respect in this, having worked well. Chesterâ€™s Wish did what he could in his debut season. He has since landed at Shyam Hurchundâ€™s yard and having looked decent in his workouts, he wonâ€™t be far away. Debutants Spirit Of Dover and Mexican Sun can fight it out for the minor placings.
Top Tip: GAMELOFT
Watch Out: Dawn Raid, Chesterâ€™s Wish, Spirit Of Dover
After opening his account in Benchmark 41 in race meeting 32 last season, Al Firenze was forced to settle for the role as bridesmaid in each of his last two races. He comes into this race in good nick and in this class, he should mount a bold bid. However, the vote is given to LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, who is now under the tutelage of Preetam Daby. He was a genuine performer in the second half of last season, and the change of scenery has not affected him. If he is allowed to dictate proceedings, he will be very hard to stop. Seven Oceans showed flashes of his ability in his debut season, with his best performance coming in the Duke Of York Cup meeting when he took 3rd. Down a benchmark, he represents an in-form yard and should make his presence felt. Melson will appreciate the longer trip and can do better than the 3rd place he achieved in his latest, while Accountability has benefited from a long rest and is in with an outside chance here.
Top Tip: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Watch Out: Al Firenze, Seven Oceans, Melson
After an excellent second half of 2015, EVERGREEN had a fine 2016, winning three times. He was last seen finishing runner-up to Parado in the International Meeting, although it was still a genuine attempt. He is in good order and is taken to run a cracker here. Sir Earl Grey returned to this Benchmark in his last start, where he had no problems in sweeping his opponents aside. This Patrick Merven-trained gelding has benefited from the off-season and is capable of starting his campaign on a winning note. A case can be made for Argun who apart from one race, was always a winner or 2nd in his races last season. In good shape and with the in-form Brandon Lerena on board, he warrants serious consideration. Polar Palace is not prevented from showing up, if he can replicate his showings in training, while Buffalo Trip and debutant Our Jet are good place bets.
Top Tip: EVERGREEN
Watch Out: Sir Earl Grey, Argun, Polar Palace
Only six horses taking part in this 1000 metre race, but strong cases can be made for the majority of them. Streetbouncer is one of them and not only he is an ace over this short trip, but also has winning form in this Benchmark. He has shown up well at track work and will be hard to beat. Chosen Dashâ€™s first win in Mauritius came over this trip. His yard have been impressed with his work and are confident in his chances. Belugaâ€™s unbeaten run came to an end in the International Meeting. He still remains a genuine sort and having been reunited with James Winks, it wonâ€™t be a surprise if he renews with success, even in this higher Benchmark. STEP TO FAME was an irresistible performer last season. This is a horse that has a lot of gate speed and is rarely beaten when dictating proceedings. He will try his luck in this Benchmark, but with both jockey and yard bang on form, he can make it from the ace. Fortissimo pulled a lot in his debut outing in the Duchess Of York Cup meeting, although he still completed the podium. He has benefited from that run and he is worth a thought here.
Top Tip: STEP TO FAME
Watch Out: Beluga, Streetbouncer, Chosen Dash
BULSARA went winless last season, only managing to finish in the placings twice. His yard has kept him in competition, hoping he can perform better. Well-trained, he can justify their decision. Even so, he wonâ€™t have everything in his favour. There is the presence of Memphis Mafia, who has benefited hugely from the season break and has worked excellently. His chances in this contest look strong, particularly as he has been drawn in the ace. Scotsnog was a beaten favourite in his last outing. It wonâ€™t be a surprise if he rebounds here, having shown up well at track work. Hillbrow hails from an in-form yard and is given plenty of respect, while Everest and debutant Netflix are good place bets.
Top Tip: BULSARA
Watch Out: Memphis Mafia, Scotsnog, Hillbrow
An ordinary penultimate contest, but preference is for RED HOT POKER, whose best performances have occurred over this kilometre sprint. Having been chosen by Robert Khathi and running in this Benchmark, he can break the ice. His new stable mate Anton Ruskin has steadily progressed since arriving from South Africa. It wonâ€™t be a surprise if he makes an instant visit to the winnerâ€™s enclosure. Van Der Scaler might have won thrice in 2016, but he also blew hot and cold in his other performances. His last win came over this kilometre sprint and it wonâ€™t be that much of a surprise if he strikes here. Domani was always thereabouts in his performances last season. Freshened up and with Cedric Segeon riding him here, he should make his presence felt. Masaar â€“ who was solid in a barrier trial â€“ can bag a lower placing.
Top Tip: RED HOT POKER
Watch Out: Anton Ruskin, Van Der Scaler, Domani
BURWAAZ was not disgraced in the inaugural meeting, finishing 5th, 3.4 lengths behind Jiggery Pokery, who went on to confirm last Saturday. He has benefited from that outing andw ith the blinkers back on, he is taken to earn both Simon Jones and Jean-Roland Boutanive their first strikes of the season. Anafesto was inconsistent in his performances last season. He did go close on a couple of occasions and in this contest, he should be competitive. Emblem Royale started and ended his debut season with 2nd place. In between, he was a major disappointment. If he can reproduce his last start, he can make it. Lividus is capable of better after what he served up in his latest, while Catwalk Model and Bridegroom Bertie â€“ who has shown signs of progress â€“ are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: BURWAAZ
Watch Out: Anafesto, Emblem Royale, Lividus