Click above to watch Ice Axe winning the Maiden Cup G1 in September
(Image : Mauritius Turf Club - Footage - Mohammed Moorad)
DUKE OF YORK CUP (G1)
Champ de Mars, Turf, 1600m
28 October 2012
Maiden Cup hero Ice Axe faces one of his stiffest challenges yet when he takes on his perennial foe Il Saggiatore and the hitherto unbeaten Master Mascus in next weekend’s Mauritian Gold Cup (Gr.1) (Duke of York Cup) at Champ de Mars. Ice Axe is unbeaten in four starts on the island paradise, but has to come back from the Maiden Cup’s 2400m, and will need to find the speed to repeat the dose over 1600m.
His 120 Timeform-rated sire Solskjaer, is in a rich vein of form right now, with the likes of Gr.1 performer Shogunnar, the 5.5 length first-time victress Princess Tatty, and unlucky debut second, Waka Waka among his recent standouts.
For those who are looking for value, Solskjaer has a strong draft in the forthcoming Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale (Gallops at Summerhill this Friday at 11am.)