Mauritius Racing Tips – Meeting 8

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1st Race
Rameshwar Gujadhur has got his yard in very good nick and Alberts Day represents him in this opening contest. His last run must be ignored as he was severely interfered in the final straight. Before that, he had been in very consistent form and it still remains the case here. He is capable of rebounding strongly. GRIS CHEVAL has made big progress ever since the start of the season and is another horse that warrants consideration. Fort Noble did not disgrace himself over a sharper trip last time out. This Patrick Merven-trained gelding has scored two wins whilst racing over the 1600 metres and a third here is a possibility. Young Royal could do nothing to stop Tornado Man last time out. He blows hot and cold, so it’s difficult to assess his chances. If he can repeat his last run, he can strike. Please To Progress will start from Stall 1, and one to consider for minor placings.
Our Favourite: GRIS CHEVAL
The Dangers: Alberts Day, P. To Progress, Young Royal

2nd Race
Preference is for TRIAD OF FORTUNE here. He more than justified his status as big favourite last time out, scoring a dominant win. He has every chance of doubling the score. Blue Berry showed up well in his latest, finishing runner-up to the unbeatable Roventas. He can go one better here. Tembot is on a hat-trick and is not prevented from sealing it here, while Cula should not be underestimated as he is running over a much convenient trip.
Our Favourite: TRIAD OF FORTUNE
The Dangers: Blue Berry, Tembot, Cula

3rd Race
LIAM was on the final podium step in his last start. There is a lot more to come from him and he can end his long winless spell. Strum needed the run last time out and as he is in better shape and form, he should be bang in the shake up with stall 1. Apple Pie has settled well following his switch to Vincent Allet’s operation and it is worth including him in all combinations. Rum Tum Tugger is looking in better shape whereas Argun is a young horse, who needs to be followed. Navistar may have failed to prevent The Real Hero from winning in race meeting 5, but it was still a good showing from him, considering he was coming back from a long absence. Anafesto caught the eye with his strong finish in the 5th meeting. He has continued to improve and the longer trip is in his favour.
Our Favourite: LIAM
The Dangers: Strum, Argun, Navistar

4th Race
A finish of 6th place, 7.2 lengths behind Chinese Gold looks ordinary for HEADSTRONG HARRY at first. However, not only was he interfered in the final stages, but was also running in a very high benchmark. He has benefited from a short rest and has impressed in his exercises. In this lower benchmark, he should run a cracker with the in-form Yashin Emamdee on board. Ready For Take Off makes his debut for Gilbert Rousset. A two time winner in South Africa, he has demonstrated his potential in training and must be watched very closely. Craftsman — who runs well fresh — has rejoined Jean-Michel Henry’s yard and having shown steady improvement, he should be thereabouts. First Flight is a newcomer, trained by Ricky Maingard. He could have run in The Duchess of York Cup but his trainer decided to save him, and run him on Saturday. He might be one for the short list. Mighty Mars, Wonder Kid are good place bets.
Our Favourite: HEADSTRONG HARRY
The Dangers: Ready For Take Off, Craftsman, First Flight

5th Race
Cherish The Charm won from start-to-finish in the 4th meeting. This is a horse that performs even better over a much longer trip, but nevertheless, he is more than capable of winning once again. MR LEYEND was unfortunate not to win last time out. In top order, he can bounce back. There is the presence of Castle, who finished like a bullet in a higher benchmark in his previous run. He seems to be on good terms with himself and it won’t be a surprise if he goes one better. Kruger Rand was on the podium in both of his previous races. He looks to be back to the form that saw him win four in-a-row in 2014 and even with a whopping 62kg on his back, he should be there. Phiri E Kwatile warrants consideration, particularly as he is close to his best form.
Our Favourite: MR LEYEND
The Dangers: Cherish The Charm, Castle, Kruger Rand

6Th Race – THE ELYTIS TROPHY
RYDER CUP went winless in 2015, but he still performed very consistently, finishing all but one of his races on the podium, which included five runner-ups. He looked in good nick in training and can rediscover the winning touch again. Donnie Brasco failed to show up in the second meeting. He is much better than that and his work in training has not gone unnoticed. The expected hot pace is in his favour and he will be a big danger in the closing stages. Seeking Angelo has come out well from his previous start and is in improved form. With Derreck David on board, he can contend for the major honors here. Kalinago is worth another look and should make his presence felt. Zhan Hu should perform better, and may be considered for a place.
Our Favourite: RYDER CUP
The Dangers: Donnie Brasco, Seeking Angelo, Kalinago

7th Race
Of the eight races on the card, the penultimate contest looks the most open, with plenty of horses all with a shout of winning. In his last start, Amber Palace benefited from a strong pace and proved too hot to handle in the final stages, despite a slipping saddle. He is usually inconsistent in his performances, but if his last race is a strong indicator, he can confirm. Monarchs Emblem showed vast improvement in his latest and having been entered in a lower class, this Shirish Narang-trained horse can do even better. Yoda Man has come out very well from his recent start and is in top order. He should improve on his 4th place in the 5th meeting. Power Dive was second best to Don’t Tell Mama in his recent race. He looked decent in his workouts and should go close once again. He can make the frame here. Recent winners Tigre Libre and It’s My Party remain in top order and are capable of confirming, but the vote is given to ROMAN EXPRESS, who was the best of the rest behind runaway winner Triad Of Fortune last time out. Well-trained, he is in even better condition and if given a good ride, he will be very hard to beat.
Our Favourite: ROMAN EXPRESS
The Dangers: Tigre Libre, It’s My Party, Power Dive

8th Race
SMITTEN shades the selection in the final contest. He has been the bridesmaid in both of his previous starts. In good shape, he is taken to end a very long drought. Data Controller was an excellent winner in the second meeting. His subsequent outing saw him fail to confirm, although he found himself with no room in the final straight. He is rated as the chief threat to the favourite. Captain Matthew scored a highly impressive win in the inaugural meeting. Back from a short rest, he fared well in training and he has a solid chance of confirming. Generous Gent looks at home in this class and is worth a thought in this contest. Ruby Rocker has made a tough start to life in Mauritius, failing to show much in his first two races.
Our Favourite: SMITTEN
The Dangers: Data Controller, Captain Matthew, Generous Gent

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