Time for This Is It
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Thanks to notable upsets by KAY SUE at 11-1, PRINCESS SHINE and I'M A BELIEVER both at 9-1, the Pick-9 eluded punters, as did the second Super-6 which offers a $1.1 million carryover.
The Pick-9 embraces two to 10 at Caymanas Park tomorrow, while the first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10 on the O & S Tack Room-sponsored 10-race programme.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a round five race for maiden two-year-olds in which the well-forward first time runner CHALICE PIPE is expected to make a winning debut.
From the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, CHALICE PIPE under stable jockey Dick Cardenas has looked well in his preparation and with his seven opponents nothing much, the bay colt by Seeking The Glory out of Strategic Partners should go all the way.
One of the more open races on the card is the second for three-year-olds and up over a mile. Chances are that STRIKING DISTANCE with Cardenas riding for DaCosta will be the likely favourite, but his last running behind DESTINY'S CHOICE was below par and this could open the door for horses such as BECKHAM, STAR NEW VISTA and DANOS LA PAZ.
Champion jockey Dane Nelson has the leg over STAR NEW VISTA, who was fourth in a blanket finish to SPARKLING MICKAELA over 1820 metres when apprentice ridden on June 28, and with an accomplished rider now slated, is preferred to STRIKING DISTANCE.
GLORIOUS CAUSE, who was a fast finishing third to PRO SECO over the straight last Saturday, catches the eye in the third race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds, and should step up on that performance and win ahead of PRINZ BUSTA.
The Gary Griffiths-trained GLORIOUS CAUSE, who was apprentice ridden last Saturday, now has the services of accomplished jockey Paul 'Country' Francis, a plus in her favour.
THIS IS IT (Cardenas up) has the proven speed to win the fourth race over the straight five course, his pet distance. The four-year-old gelding has recorded all four career wins over the straight and now stepping down from overnight allowance company to claiming $450,000-$400,000), should stave off the consistent KOBALT (Oneil Mullings up).
The last two races should be won by DOUBLE DE CAT (speedy) and SAINT MARY. Their respective dangers are TASHARA and EL PATRON.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) CHALICE PIPE
(2) STAR NEW VISTA/STRIKING DISTANCE
(3) GLORIOUS CAUSE/ PRINZ BUSTA
(4) THIS IS IT/KOBALT
(5) DOUBKLE DE CAT/ TASHARA
(6) SAINT MARY/EL PATRON