Turn Me Loose a firm banker
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With horses such as GIRL ON FIRE at 48-1 and WOMAN IS BOSS at 11-1 providing the upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 again eluded punters and the carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $1.49 million.
Both Pick-6s were caught by a handful of punters and start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. Significantly, the first Super-6, including GIRL ON FIRE and GERSHWIN at 6-1 in the sixth race, was caught by one punter, who walked away with a cool $1.4 million.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences from race one with $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1300 metres to be contested by seven starters. They include top contenders REASONABLE PRESS, consistent KOBALT along with MERU, who recently changed stables and topweight LIGHT BRIGADE.
On past performances, any of the four could pull it off, especially the Ryan Darby-trained REASONABLE PRESS under 2.0kg claiming apprentice Romario Saunders.
Owned by O'Shaun Connection, the six-year-old gelding won easily over 1500 metres on a $450,000 tag August 2 (Saunders up) and is still conveniently placed in the scales with 53.0kg.
Next on the programme is a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over 1700 metres for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy in which eight starters have been declared. The race should come down to a straight fight between MR LUVAL under leading jockey Dick Cardenas and LADY ABIJITA, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson.
Following his unlucky run behind CLASSIC BEAU over 1500 metres on July 16, MR. LUVAL was installed a firm favourite to make amends over a mile on August 9 when ridden by apprentice Shamaree Muir, but threw in a clinker to finish 10 lengths seventh to PRINCESS SHINE, a performance too bad to be true.
The grey colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will now have the services of Cardenas and facing only two serious opponents in the 2013 Oaks winner LADY ABHIJITA, who is enjoying decent form, and the front-running LADY BELRIDGE with Percy Williams up, will now prove hard to beat with only 52.0kg.
The day's five-starter banker comes via TURN ME LOOSE in the third race for the Terremoto Trophy over the round five course for native bred two-year-olds (non-winners of two).
Although all six starters were winners last time out, none was more impressive than the Philip Feanny-trained colt TURN ME LOOSE, the bay colt by Western Classic out of Devil Woman slamming rivals by nine lengths on his July 19 debut over 800 metres straight in a fast 47.2.
SHEBIZ, who made a promising debut (third) behind RAY RAY over 1200 metres on August 2 in maiden company, will have benefitted immensely from the run and with Paul 'Country' Francis retaining the ride aboard the Everal Francis-trained filly, should prove too good for DR DEAREST (Dane Nelson up) and GLORIOUS CAUSE.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the speedy JUSTICE RHOODAL with Percy Williams up and the recent course winner DOCONTRACK with Paul Ramsay again the saddle. Both will report in good nick and their respective dangers should be TASHARA in the fifth and the speedy SILENT STORM in the sixth, both over the straight.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) REASONABLE PRESS/KOBALT
(2) MR LUVAL/LADY ABHIJITA
(3) TURN ME LOOSE
(4) SHEBIZ/DR DEAREST
(5) JUSTICE RHOODAL/TASHARA
(6) DOCONTRACK/SILENT STORM