Piscean Rocket set to blast off
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With only eight races on Wednesday, Pick-9 wagering resumes at Caymanas Park today with a million-dollar jackpot.
Thanks to upsets by GREAT BROWN at 29-1 in the sixth race and NOTUS at 20-1 in the nightpan, the late Super-6 eluded punters and the carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $898,400. This gets under way from race number five, while the first Super-6 will embrace the first six races, and the Pick-9 from race two to 10.
We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a maiden special two-year-old race over 800 metres straight to be contested by six starters, including hot ante-post favourite GOLD SCREW.
Owned, trained, and bred by Lorenzo Robinson, GOLD SCREW has run well in defeat in three races so far, the most recent last Saturday when beaten in a driving finish by the Wayne Parchment-trained debutante FOREST FLAME over 600 metres.
Title-chasing jockey Dick Cardenas has retained the ride, and despite the claims of the Wayne Parchment-trained debutant SCAR, who has looked forward in his preparation, GOLD SCREW will not be easily denied this time around.
Next on the programme is the $250,000 - $210,000 claiming race over 1300 metres for which nine starters have been declared. The race has a rather open look about it with the likes of MEROVINGIAN QUEEN; SAINT THERESA; last Saturday's winner NEVER GIVE UP; the runner-up, SAGA BOY; JARREAU; and I'M ALL WRIGHT expected to figure prominently.
MEROVINGIAN QUEEN was not disgraced (third) behind COUGAR COMMANDER over 1500 metres on June 28, and with champion jockey Dane Nelson riding her from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, the consistent five-year-old mare could score a long overdue win. Recent course winner SAGA BOY went down fighting behind NEVER GIVE UP over this trip last Saturday, and although stepping up in class, cannot be underestimated.
SAINT THERESA has failed to win a race in over a year but seems to be regaining form and could be cherry ripe for this race. However, it is I'M ALL WRIGHT (Chadrick Budhai up) who catches my fancy despite finishing 14 lengths fifth to COUGAR COMMANDER over 1500 metres recently. She ruined her chances by running miles wide into the straight while in contention, and having secured a perfect draw on the outside, gets the nod over SAINT THERESA and MEROVINGIAN QUEEN.
The third race for the Ossie Steele Memorial Cup (claiming $450,000 - $400,000) over 1200 metres, should see REASONABLE PRESS (Nelson up), MERU (Orlando Foster) and the three-year-old colt, THE CHOSEN ONE (Jevanne Erwin) in serious contention where it matters. By virtue of his consistency, the Ryan Darby-trained REASONABLE PRESS, having won three races this season, should stave off MERU.
Next on the programme is a four-year-old maiden special in which RUMBLE, AUNT HILDA, and the well-forward debutante PRO SECO, with Shane Ellis riding for trainer Anthony Nunes, should fight it out in a field of 10. A chestnut filly by Western Classic out of Quiet Giant, PRO SECO, bred by Everglades Farms, caught the eye at exercise recently when galloping from the gates in 1:01.0 by 47.2 and should pack too many guns for the Feanny-trained RUMBLE, who was beaten by PRIME DIRECTIVE recently.
The fifth and sixth races should be won by PISCEAN ROCKET (Nelson up), who beat all barring 'Horse of the Year' PRINCESS POPSTAR recently, and MAGNA CUM LAUDE with Shamaree Muir aboard.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) GOLD SCREW/SCAR
(2) I'M ALL WRIGHT/ SAINT THERESA
(3) REASONABLE PRESS/ MERU
(4) PRO SECO/RUMBLE
(5) PISCEAN ROCKET
(6) MAGNA CUM LAUDE/ PEARL APPEAL