Off Minor for the Warwick?

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The Jersey Tourism Warwick Vase title, a handicap over one-and-a-quarter miles, will be defended by Minnies Mystery.

This good servant to the Le Brocq family has placed three times this year, and connections are no doubt hoping for another visit to the winner’s enclosure.

Her principal rival will undoubtedly be Off Minor, a winner of two races this season and a close second in Guernsey.

Although ‘Minnies’ is now in receipt of a few pounds from Mike Weaver’s French gelding, she may still have to settle for the bridesmaid’s position.

It seems the race is between those two, although horses with creditable past performances are among the remainder of the field.

The Alyson Malzard-trained time to Wyn, has the considerable benefit of being ridden by Australian star Nash Rawiller, while the Guernsey-trained, Mike Ephgrave-owned, Fait Le Joyo is a newcomer to Jersey racing and had very useful hurdle form in the UK.

Palala River, now 12, will run a consistent race and third is a possibility.

Another to keep an eye on is Joan May’s Martins Sunset, a winner twice at the end of last season, including the coveted Clarendon.

This is, however, his first run of the season, and it is a lot to expect him to be fully fit.

He could repeat his third place of last year in the race.

Third place is also a possibility for the likes of Ballare and Lieuday.

The Novice Hurdle, sponsored by Supporters of Jersey Racing, sets the scene at 2.30 pm.

A fairly modest affair may give the opportunity for Des Ahier’s Shinbang to make up for two rather disappointing runs.

It not being a handicap results in Shinbang meeting his rivals on more favourable terms.

This is a rather open race with Keep on Running, Compassionate, Doberman and Eljay’s Boy all having a chance to score if Shinbang fails to produce his undoubted superior French form.

The seven-furlong race sponsored by Mitie Engineering should produce a tight finish, as so often sprint races do.

Des Ahier’s Catcando runs for the first time this year, after a brief interruption in training earlier in the season.

Jockey arrangements in Stephen Arthur’s yard suggest he will need this run, with stable jockey Tony Proctor choosing to ride Highland Flight, a winner of her two starts this season over five and a half furlongs.

The longer trip of seven furlongs may just find her out, but defeat would take nothing away from her exceptional speed over short distances Phyllis Somers’ Perfect Portrait has possibly been a little disappointing for the owner and Alyson Malzard this season with two thirds.

Now reasonably well handicapped he has the opportunity to repeat his win of last August.

Lavender Racing Club’s Wall Street Runner ran very well at Easter, but did not follow that up.

However, she can not be ruled out off this handicap mark.

Joan Le Brocq’s Sky of Hope has won several sprints over the years, but this is his first run of the season and may find one other slightly fitter.

Colin McCready has an interesting newcomer in Missus Jinks, who would appear to have the form to win in Jersey.

Owner Bunny Roberts is doubly represented here with Flaunting It and Highland Flight, and will be hoping for another encouraging run from her three-year-old.

trained by Colin McCready.

The SGB low-level handicap should see a repeat of the close finish of similar races at Easter and 17 April between Snow Lark and Aqua Tiger.

The score is one each so far, with only a neck separating them last time at level weights.

Aqua Tiger is in receipt of three pounds and this should enable him to have the edge on Snow Lark.

Neville Ahier’s Regal Ali has put in two good performances, winning over hurdles in April and finishing a good second in Guernsey on 2 May.

Jaskini and Countrywide Pride have strong each-way chances.

A supporter of Jersey racing sponsors the one-and-three-quarter-mile handicap in which eight runners go to post.

Joan Le Brocq trains three of theses, with possibly Hakam the most favoured having won in Guernsey, and showing his versatility when winning a maiden hurdle last August followed by an impressive win over an extended mile on August Bank Holiday.

Stable companion and partnership owned Cheeky Girl possesses better form than she has shown in Jersey to date, although a glimpse of this was spotted in last year’s Jersey Derby.

It would therefore be no surprise to see a good showing here.

Alyson Malzard-trained Khuzdar has been most unlucky in several races in Jersey last year and more recently in Guernsey.

A combination of saddle slipping and a fall in Guernsey has prevented this horse from notching up several successes.

If he encounters no mishaps, he is the one they all have to beat over this stamina testing distance.

Finally, Last Eclipse, a winner over a mile-and-a-half on Easter Monday concedes weight to all her rivals.

She won four races last year over varying distances, including the distance of this race off top weight, albeit in more moderate company.

A Bank Holiday in Jersey usually attracts a large crowd and the Jersey Race Club are expecting a superb afternoon’s racing.

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