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Horse Racing – Meeting 32: Nourbese To Strike Again

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Unbeaten in two outings, Nourbese is going up in class. The Ricky Maingard-trained horse will try to make it three in a row on Saturday in the main race over 1500m at the Champ-de-mars racecourse.

Nourbese will have never raced in Mauritius if there was not the second lockdown in the island due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year. He was transit and quarantine in Chamarel with top horses Katak and Van Halen waiting to be exported to Saudi Arabia, and then to Dubai and his final destination would have been Hong-Kong. He was blocked in Mauritius and the owners of Ricky Maingard Stable bought him for an undisclosed price. Katak ran second in The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1800m – G1) in Singapore in October, and Van Halen is now in training at Chantilly in France.

Nourbese won his two first races in Mauritius easily in Benchmark 56. He came from the back the first time showing a remarkable turn of foot in the final straight. He raced closer to the pace in his last race. He showed some good gate speed and he finished strongly to win easily. He is a top horse who is in a good shape and he is the big favourite to win his third race at the Champ-de-mars racecourse.

Trippi’s Express is a genuine performer running second in his last two races. He was beaten by Frosted Gold in the Princess Margaret Cup (1400- G1). Trippi’s Express can have a dream run breaking from gate number three.

Wall Tag is a class dropper. He showed that he can match with the best horses when he is at his best. His last race must be ignored as he was not striding out. He did well at the training and he will be right there.

Padre Pio was bought at a high price but he never delivered the goods till now with only one win in six races. He finished 6th in the Maiden Cup (2400m – G1) last time. He is back over a distance which will better suit him. He can turn the tables if he reproduced his South-African form.

Selection:  Nourbese – Trippi’s Express – Wall Tag – Padre Pio

Nourbese last trackwork

Nourbese last win

Trippi’s Exdpress last trackwork

Trippi’s Express last win

Wall Tag last trackwork

 Wall Tag last win

Padre Pio last trackwork

Padre Pio last win


Race 1- 1400m – (0-15)

Xanthus -Greatfiveeight -Special Force – Kali’s Champ

Race 2 – 1365m – (0-26)

Spry-Manetheren-Ticket To Cairo – Alpirod

Race 3 – 1850m – B36

Stageworld-G I Joe -Canary Island – Lit

Race 4 – 1500m – B46

Silver Heritage-Captain Flynt -Juniper Lane – Pop Icon

Race 5 – 1365 – B56

Colour My Fate -Huyssteen-Tower Of Wisdom – Footy Goal

Race 6 – 1500m – B66

Nourbese-Trippi’s Express-Wall Tag – Padre Pio

Race 7 – 1450m – B31

Do Or Dare-Courtroom Magic-Smuts – Travelin Man

Race 8 – 1650m – (0-25)

Why Wouldn’t Yew -Tiger’s Bond-Arnica Montana – Silver Song


Bankers : Nourbese – Colour My Fate

Value Bets : Why Wouldn’t Yew – Stageworld

Outsiders: Do Or Dare – Alpirod

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