Close first Super-6 with Sankofa
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With the fancied horses having held their own at the Caymanas Park Sunday meet, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught by alert punters and start anew tomorrow.
The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six and the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a 3-y-o maiden special (fillies only) over the round five course to be contested by seven starters, including the debutante EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS from the Peter McMaster Stables.
Owned by the trainer's wife, Miss Suckie, the chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of the speedy American Explosive Peak who won 13 races for McMaster some years ago, has looked forward in her preparation and should start favorite with Paul 'Country' Francis aboard.
Still, she faces two strong opponents in DR DEAREST (Romario Saunders up) and AUNT HILDA (Shane Ellis up) and all three should ensure a close race. AUNT HILDA, who is conditioned by the young trainer Robert Alveranga proved competitive in her last two races and catches my fancy.
Next on the programme is a rather open looking one mile race for four-year-olds and up (non winners of two) in which seven have been declared.
With no fewer than five having good claims, including MISS DOROTHY, SEQUOYAH, SWIFT GOLD and TOKICO, punters should approach this race with caution. MISS DOROTHY notched her only win over this trip in maiden company on August 9 and although beaten by TOKICO in the past, is one of the fittest in the line-up. Preference is for the Colin Ferguson-trained TOKICO, a good run on horse who should go well in the experienced hands of Devon A. Thomas. I take him to catch MISS DOROTHY and SEQUOYAH.
SHINING LIGHT, having chased home the smart two-year-old colt ALI BABA on his recent debut over 1200 metres, has little to fear in the third race and is tipped to win with Francis aboard.
FANCY CAT, who is knocking at the door, should go one better and win the fourth race for maiden five-year-olds and up over 1300 metres, ahead of old rivals TIZ A CAT and BLUE BOMBER BOY, while it should be INFANTRY OFFICER over AWESOME CODE in the fifth over 1400 metres, and SANKOFA (Omar Walker up) to catch HERECOMESTROUBLE in the sixth race for $180,000 claimers.
FIRST SUPER 6 FANCIES
(1) AUNT HILDA/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS(2) TOKICO/MISS DOROTHY(3) SHINING LIGHT
(4) FANCY CAT/BLUE BOMBER BOY
(5) INFANTRY OFFICER/AWESOME CODE