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Horse Racing – Meeting 1: Juniper Lane From Start To Finish

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A duel is expected between Juniper Lane and Stageworld in the main race of the first meeting of the 2024 horse racing season which will be held on Saturday May 4 at the Champ-de-Mars racecourse in Port-Louis.

The main attraction to kick off the season will be a 1365m sprint for runners of Benchmark 56. The race attracted just six starters with Juniper Lane and Stageworld standing out.

Given the form he has shown in training in recent weeks, Juniper Lane is the favorite for this race. But he will have to be wary of Stageworld which is on a series of four consecutive wins bagged at the end of the 2023 season.

Juniper Lane does very well after a long rest. He had, moreover, won his first two races over 1365m from start to finish last year. He then bled in his third outing and was disappointing in his other races.

Juniper Lane caught the eye with nice gallops recently. This powerful front runner had a lucky hand when drawing the lines, and he will start from the first lane. He will be hard to beat if he leads the race without being challenged.

Stageworld was back to his best at the end of last season. He has won his last four races. He is moving up in category, but he remains a very valuable runner if he manages to reproduce what he did during his last outings.

Prospector will have a small chance of being an outsider. He won once over 1850m last year. This is his only win during his two seasons in Mauritius. The trip seems too short for him, but he can slip into the good combinations.

The Contractor started his Mauritian career well by taking a good third place, but he was never able to confirm. We will have to count on him if his trainer has found a solution to his health problems. It is certainly worth more than this category on its South African value.


Race 1: Waimea – Afrter The Order – Proficient

Race 2 : Tartarus – Special Force – Chestnut Cove

Race 3 : French Rebel – Capkuta – Yoho Mist

Race 4 : Vartacus – Master Keeku – Bella Fiorino

Race 5: Desert Boy – Instinctive Power – Footy Goal

Race 6: Juniper Lane – Stageworld – The Contractor

Race 7: Colour Of Money – Royal Virtue – Eagles Vision

Race 8: Pop Icon – Swagger Jagger – Fisher King

  • Top wins: Vartacus – Juniper Lane
  • Value bets: French Rebel – Pop Icon
  • Outsiders: Proficient – Tartarus

Juniper Lane last win

Stageworld last win

Prospector last win

The Contractor first race in Mauritius

Swagger Jagger scratched

Swagger Jagger, horse number 2 of Race 8 (The People’s Turf Plc Resto Lounge Cup) for Race Meeting 1 on Saturday, 4 May 2024, has been scratched at 7h20 a.m. today by the Racing Stewards of the Horse Racing Division, acting on veterinary advice. SWAGGER JAGGER is injured off fore.

As per the rules for fixed odds betting, all monies placed on SWAGGER JAGGER are cancelled and refunded, and betting is to be reopened for that race. Tickets for fixed odds for that race must bear a special mention.

For the tote, the bets on SWAGGER JAGGER will be refunded after the official results for Race 8 on Saturday, 4 May 2024, except for all other types of bets where it is stipulated that it is replaced by the Tote favourite.

For People’s Tote, refund is done immediately after withdrawal.

Secret Circle tested positive for Stanozolol

The Horse Racing Division informs the public that following tests carried out on Thursday, April 25 at the Petit Gamin Center, in Balaclava, and at the Champ de Mars, in Port-Louis, the sample of a horse, Secret Circle, from trainer Yashin Emamdee, was tested positive for an illicit product, namely Stanozolol.

The result was communicated by the QuantiLAB laboratory to the HRD late Tuesday afternoon, who then summoned trainer Yashin Emamdee Thursday morning, May 2, 2024 – Wednesday May 1 being a public holiday – to inform him of this result and their rights.

Secret Circle, which featured in the Day 1 entries, was immediately removed by the HRD Stipendiary Stewards at the time of the ‘Declarations’ on Thursday morning.

There was a general inspection of the Yashin Emamdee Yard in Petit Gamin by HRD officials on Thursday morning, and all his horses were tested, and the samples sent to the QuantiLAB laboratory.

According to the provisions of the Rules Of Racing, Yashin Emamdee has the option of having the B sample of the Secret Circle Horse analyzed at his expense in an approved laboratory abroad.

Following the report from the QuantiLAB laboratory, the Cheval Secret Circle was suspended with immediate effect, and an inquiry was opened by the Stipendiary Stewards of the HRD.

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