Pro Seco looks hard to lose
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
A 29-1 upset by DA JAC-KAL in the sixth race on Wednesday's Independence Day programme stumped Pick-9 players, but 18 punters spotted eight of nine winners, each receiving $5,425.
Both Super-6s were caught, the twilight or late Super-6, shared by six punters, each receiving $186,439.50. The Pick-9 will embrace two to nine, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 3-y-o restricted allowance race over 1200 metres to be contested by eight fillies.
From the look of things, the race should come down to a straight fight between RUMBLE to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and leading jockey Dick Cardenas riding ALSO CORRECT for 13-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.
Both fillies have caught the eye at exercise, especially the improving RUMBLE, who looked real sharp on Monday morning when galloping five furlongs in a minute flat, beating stable-companion BARS OF GOLD. Although asked to carry topweight of 57kg, RUMBLE, who won easily over 1100 metres on July 12 before chasing home EXEL over 1200 metres, seems more race fit than ALSO CORRECT, who is out for the first time since finishing third to RAEVEN RENAE in the April 26 Bigga Oaks. It should be close between the two, but RUMBLE is given the edge.
Next on the programme is a maiden 3-y-o race over 1600 metres in which 10 starters have been declared. The winner should come from the quartet of ALL THAT MATTERS, NO MONEY FRIEND who lost narrowly to KIPPY THE TEACHER over 1500 metres on August 1, the lightly raced CHIEF SECRETARIAT and not least, NATASHADON'TPLAY, who was a beaten favourite last Saturday when finishing a close fourth to RAY RAY over 1200 metres.
missing the break
The lightly raced NATASHA-DONTPLAY not only hurt her chances by missing the break, but ran very wide into the straight as well. Under the circumstances, she did well to finish so close, and with André Martin sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.
PRO SECO, who beat all barring RUMBLE on her recent debut over the straight, will have gained from the experience, and with Shane Ellis retaining the ride aboard the Anthony Nunes-trained 3-y-o filly, she should make no mistake against her nine opponents.
Race four, division one of the CTL Exercise Riders' Race for conditional $180,000 claimers over 800 metres straight, should see the speedy GRAND MARQUE winning his second such race since September of last year. The six-year-old gelding from the stables of Andrew McDonald advertised his well being in better company on July 9 when caught close home by NOTUS over the straight five course. He will report even sharper for this race and with a furlong less to travel, should make all.
The fifth race over 1100 metres should be won by PERFECT FLYER (Shamaree Muir up), a recent runaway winner who could well be a cut above the $180,000 claiming level. Down in class FEARLESS BABE, who completed a hat-trick of wins at this level some months ago, looks the principal danger in a 10-strong. Then close all bets with the speedy EMERGENCE in division two of the CTL Exercise Riders' Race. She's well draw on the stands' side and now dropped in class, should win from FABULOUSCONNECTION.
FIRST SUPER SIX FANCIES
(1) RUMBLE/ALSO CORRECT
(3) PRO SECO
(4) GRAND MARQUE/DIGME
(5) PERFECT FLYER/ FEARLESS BABE
(6) EMERGENCE/FABULOUS CONNECTION