Start with Reasonable Press
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With the outsiders AMICABLE (47-1), STEP IT UP (17-1) and CAUSE FOR CONCERN (15-1) providing the upsets, neither the Pick-9 or the late Super-6 was caught at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
There is a significant carryover in the twilight Super-6 as a result, with $3.3 million in the kitty. This being the case, a payout in excess of $4.5 million looks a real possibility.
The Pick-9, with a carryover of $1.1 million, embraces races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six and the late Super-6 from race six to 11.
We look at the first Super-6 which throws up a five-star banker in REASONABLY PRESS, now dropped in class to contest the opening $350,000-$300,000 claiming race over 1400 metres.
Trained by Ryan Darby for popular owner O'Shaun Connection, the front running six-year-old horse by Mass Media out of Reasonable Thought made all convincingly over 1500 metres on a $450,000 claiming tag on August 2 and now stepping down to claiming $350,000 with smart apprentice Romario Saunders again in the saddle, should lead home JOVOUN THE MASTER in a field of seven.
The speedy ANNIE OAKLEY was caught close to home by out of class PERFECT FLYER over 1100 metres on August 16 and reporting over the straight five course for the second race (claiming $180,000), should not be caught.
The six-year-old mare from the stables of Phillip Lee (a new trainer) is nicely drawn on the outside at post position seven with André Martin aboard and despite the claims of the recent course winner MIRACLE RECOVERY and TATTY'S BAG GAL - both slated to be ridden by claiming apprentices - ANNIE OAKLEY, who has already won twice this season, should resume winning ways.
The improving filly NASTASHADONTPLAY could be deemed an unlucky loser when beaten by ALL THAT MATTERS in a photo-finish over a mile on August 9 and seems poised to go one better in the third race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds.
Trained by Uton Stewart, the War Marshall filly, who has been lightly raced, will report even fitter for this trip and with leading jockey Dick Cardenas now taking the ride, should stave off GOOD LIFE under champion jockey Dane Nelson and DON PEPPA SEED with Aaron Chatrie aboard.
GOOD LIFE showed marked improvement last Saturday when a fast-finishing second to BAD BOY JUSTIN over 1200 metres and should ensure that NATASHADONTPLAY is extended given the additional furlong.
HAILEY'S COMET, a lightly raced filly who finished a close second to RAY RAY over 1200 metres on her second outing four weeks ago, has the services of Dane Nelson in the fourth race over the round five course and having worked very well for trainer Dwight Chen, should lead home GENUINE ARTICLE and LORD CHEPSO (both improving) in an 11-strong field.
The last two races should be won by DR BLAIR (Paul Ramsay up), second to BURNING MEDIC recently; and MARCI THE BUTCHER (Michael Grant) in the sixth for $180,000 claimers. Their respective dangers are SAFE PASSAGE, with Nelson up, and FLAGRANS with 2kg claiming apprentice Renardo McNaughton aboard.
- FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) REASONABLE PRESS
(2) ANNIE OAKLEY/MIRACLE RECOVERY
(3) NATASHADONTPLAY/ GOOD LIFE
(4) HAILEY'S COMET/ GENUINE ARTICLE
(5) DR BLAIR/SAFE PASSAGE
(6) MARCI THE BUTCHER/ FLAGRANS