Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 6
Chitranjan Ramdin’s yard have done extremely well in opening contests this season, and BLUE JEANS can continue this strong run of form. He finished a good-looking 3rd on Duchess Of York Cup day and having progressed from that run, he is taken to run a cracker here. Yoda Man is rated as his chief threat. He might not have had enough for Burwaaz in his latest, but he was the best of the rest. He is in good shape and is capable of upsetting the selection. Lecture D ran on improvement with the blinkers on in his recent outing. Brandon Lerena rides him this time round and he merits consideration. Storm Clipper is a promising newcomer and can make the frame, while Masaar and Smitten have benefited from their last races and should improve.
Top Tip: BLUE JEANS
Watch Out: Yoda Man, Lecture D, Storm Clipper
A duel between Castle and DAWN RAID in this Draper’s Mile contest. The former was beaten late on by Seven Fountains in Benchmark 51, while the latter struck impressively in his latest. Both participants are in good nick and while it is never easy to pick a favourite, marginal preference is for the second-named horse. A case can be made for Buffalo Trip, who is also down a Benchmark. This Vincent Allet-trained gelding was last seen finishing a good-looking 3rd, despite being stuck wide in the early stages of the race. He is not prevented from doing even better here. Beach In A Bottle looks the most likely to complete the quartet.
Top Tip: DAWN RAID
Watch Out: Castle, Buffalo Trip, Beach In A Bottle
A good-looking contest over 1400 metres, with many contenders in with a shot of victory here. Sunset Breeze recorded his worst performance on Mauritian soil in his last start. He has done nothing wrong in his workouts and having been drawn in the ace, he can rebound. Prince Lateral caught the eye in his latest, making up plenty of ground to finish runner-up to Jiggery Pokery. This four-year old remains in good form and he is not prevented from going one better. Pimpernel showed vast improvement in his return to competition, as he took 4th. He has continued to progress and even dominated a barrier trial in midweek. He has a good chance in this. THE DEACON was only good enough for 4th in race meeting two. Well-trained and back running in Benchmark 36, he should produce a bold run. Imperial Dancer is new to Shyam Hurchund’s yard, arriving with a solid C.V. He has shown potential in his trials and can start his new career in the right manner.
Top Tip: THE DEACON
Watch Out: Imperial Dancer, Pimpernel, Sunset Breeze
The vote is given to BELUGA here. Ignore his last run, as he has proven that he is much better than that. He is rated as James Winks’ best shot on the race card. Jambamman went very close to winning in his recent showing. This genuine performer is capable of bouncing back here. Five Star Rock had an excellent debut season, visiting the winner’s enclosure on three occasions. He has come out well from the break and is worth a thought with Rye Joorawon on board. Le Clos has benefited from his debut and from draw 1, he is expected to progress, while Nordic Storm looks to have a bright future in Mauritius and must be watched closely on his debut.
Top Tip: BELUGA
Watch Out: Jambamman, Five Star Rock, Le Clos
Brandon Lerena’s best shot of the day lies with ARGUN in the first of three consecutive Draper’s Mile contests. He might have won by a short head last time out, but there is no doubt that he has performed genuinely since arriving from South Africa. He has every chance of confirming, especially as he has given draw 1. Stable companion Gharbee renewed with success in his latest and having remained in excellent condition, his own chances of doubling the score must not be discounted. The veteran Bastille Day has benefited hugely from the season break, and it has showed in training. He can give the selection a real run for his money here. Awesome Adam has come out well from his solid debut, and having been entered in a lower class, he can do even better. Candy Rock has done nothing wrong since arriving in Mauritius. In this contest, he can make the quartet.
Top Tip: ARGUN
Watch Out: Bastille Day, Gharbee, Awesome Adam
6th Race – L’Aeroport de Saint Pierre-Pierrefonds Coupe Du Cent-Cinquantenaire (Group 2)
This Group 2 race is wide open, with many horses in with a shot of taking victory here. One of them is Tandragee, who ended an honest 2016 on a high in the International Meeting. This classic winner is in very good nick and even if his wide draw is a big concern, he is not prevented from starting this campaign in the same way as he ended the last. Recall To Life was not very far away in his recent outing. In better condition, he will appreciate the longer trip, and with a hot pace expected, he should be in the finish. Stable companion Charles Lytton was set off as favourite in his last start, but had to settle for second behind Blow Me Away. In top order, he is capable of bouncing back. The Ricky Maingard-trained duo of Elite Class and CHINESE GOLD had contrasting afternoons in the second meeting. The former ran away with the win and such is his current form, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him confirm. The latter ran into major misfortune in the final straight in the main event. The longer trip is in his favour and having been drawn in the ace, he should mount a bold bid. Champion Miler Kremlin Captain has been well prepared for his seasonal debut, and he should be in the shake up, while M L Jet and Hillbrow are both good bets for the lower placings.
Top Tip: CHINESE GOLD
Watch Out: Charles Lytton, Tandragee, Elite Class
Spirit Of Dover has benefited from his debut outing. This Amar Sewdyal-trained gelding is in improved shape and form, and will appreciate the additional 250 metres. With Matthew Palmer riding in confidence, he can make it. New Star nearly stole the win from his stable mate Argun in his previous start. In this division and over this long trip, it won’t be a surprise if he goes one better. EMAAR was beaten late on by Phiri E Kwatile in his last showing, and that came in Benchmark 46. He has winning form in this class and from the ace, he gets preference in this. For the lower placings, Rebel’s Game and Chester’s Wish are rated as solid contenders.
Top Tip: EMAAR
Watch Out: New Star, Spirit Of Dover, Rebel’s Game
Not much to choose from in this field, although CAPTAIN’S ORDERS looks the one to side with, based on what he showed up in his latest. A reproduction of that run should see him go one better. Halabaloo is running again after he finished runner-up last Saturday. His chances look strong here. Billy Bojangles was ever present on the podium throughout last season. He has showed up well at track work and in this low category, he should produce a bold account of himself. After Midnight merits consideration in this. He may not have shown much in his previous outing, but he has shown progress and Rye Joorawon will be on board this time round. Craftsman has lost plenty of points in the rating scale. He usually shows up when running well fresh and in this contest, he should be thereabouts. Emblem Royale tried his best in his latest and is rated as a good place bet.
Top Tip: CAPTAIN’S ORDERS
Watch Out: Billy Bojangles, Halabaloo, After Midnight