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Horse Racing – Meeting 14: Beware Of The Patrol Officer

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The champion horse of 2020 has not win yet this year. Patrol Officer did not finished far from the winners on his last two outings and he will try to bounce back over the 1500m of the Group II race this Sunday at the Champ-de-Mars racecourse.

He was crowned Horse of the year after winning all his five races in 2020. When we added his three win at the end of 2019, Patrol Officer was on an eight in a row winning streak. He raced twice in 2021. He was not ridden well on his first outing and finished third, and he had a difficult race on the outside last time.

Patrol Officer has got enough quality to match with his rivals. He is in a better shape and he will carry 4 kg less than Undercover Agent who finished 3.20L ahead of him on the 9th meeting.

Undercover Agent scored a great win in The Barbe Cup (GI) last time. He was able to take the lead and his jockey controlled the pace of the race to perfection to keep enough gas for the final straight. He might try the same tactics, but he will have to battle with some speedy horses to hit the front.

Frosted Gold was bought at a high price in South Africa. His owners, Jean Michel Lee-Shim and trainer Ricky Maingard, have high hopes that he will become one of the best horse in Mauritius. He finished fourth behind Padre Pio and Ehsaan on his first race. He will break from draw number 1 at the gates and big improvement is expected from him.

Trippi’s Express did nothing wrong in his two races this year with two second places. He is in top form and he must be feared with his lightweight.

Trainer Ramapatee Gujadhur will try to turn the tables with two good horses who are decent outsiders. Black Cat Back, who won the Gold Cup in 2020, will be hard to catch if he can take the lead after breaking from barrier 10. Eyes Wide Open was among the best horses in South Africa. His trainer took all the needed time to bring him back to a very good form. He will make his debut in Mauritius and he is one to be watched closely even if he has not races since August 2020.

Selection: Patrol Officer – Undercover Agent – Trippi’s Express – Frosted Gold


Race 1 – 1500m (0-25)

Opague –Flowerscape – The Riddler – Eurotec

Race 2 – 1650m (B36)

Giggin – Why Wouldn’t Yew – Borya – Eight Cities

Race 3 – 1500m (B41)

Viking Trail – Afdeek – Bestday Of Mylife – Cash Call

Race 4 – 1365m (B46)

Al Aasy – Chapter And Verse – Watch Me Dad – King Of Tara

Race 5 – 1400m (B61)

Tower Of Wisdom – Ideal Secret – Northern Spy – Ehsaan

Race 7 – 990m (B31)

Raheeb – Nikhils Inn – Marula – Jals Tiger

Race 8 – 1600m (0-26)

Chosen Way – Free To Win – Silver Song – Gontravelin


Bankers: Opague – Chosen Way

Value Bets: Tower Of Wisdom – Patrol Officer

Outsiders: Why Wouldn’t Yew – Al Aasy



Undercover Agent  last trackwork

Undercover Agent last win

Patrol Officer last trackwork

Patrol Officer last win

Trippi’s Express last trackwork

Trippi’s Express last win

Frosted Gold last trackwork

Frosted Gold last race

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