Polly B safe as Fort Knox
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Both the Pick-9 and late Super-6 eluded punters at Caymanas Park on Wednesday as horses such as TWO STEPS UP (16-1) and BECKHAM (8-1) ensured this scenario.
The late Super-6 from race five to 10 offers a $821,000 carryover and could translate into a payout of close to $2 million. The Pick-9, which will embrace races two to 10, still has the guaranteed minimum of $1 million in the kitty.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a four-year-old and up maiden special race over 1200 metres to be contested by eight starters. From all indications, this race should come down to a straight fight between the consistent PERFECT GOLD, with Richard 'Bya' Mitchell aboard, and old rival MONDAY HILL, to be ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker who is riding in good form since his return from Canada last month.
The Andrew McDonald-trained PERFECT GOLD has finished second in her last three races, including her September 10 performance behind the speedy BRILLIANT ACE over the round five course when having MONDAY HILL 1-1/4 lengths behind in third. Both should be carried given the additional furlong of this race, but PERFECT GOLD should get first run on her opponent and thus gets the nod.
The Wayne DaCosta-trained filly ALSO CORRECT, under leading jockey Dick Cardenas has been knocking at the door as well, and this should open in the second race over 1300 metres to be contested by eight native bred three-year-olds.
After finishing a close second to the front running PRO SECO over 1500 metres when apprentice-ridden on August 30, ALSO CORRECT was again beaten into second by LOCKED AND LOADED over 1400 metres with Cardemas taking the ride.
She has less to do in present as her only real danger looks to by RAJA SARANGI, who was just behind her in third in the race won by LOCKED AND LOADED.
Cardenas and DaCosta should team up again to win the third race over the straight aboard their much advanced two-year-old colt POLLY B, who has been working too impressively to lose in a nine-strong field.
The son of Storm Craft out of the Footloose mare Dusty Milly caught the eye at exercise a week ago, galloping from the gates in 1:00.0, the first four in 46.0. POLLY B looks another promising two-year-old from the DaCosta stables and represents a five-star banker
The lightly-raced EIPC ZAR (Shane Ellis up) holds the key to the fourth race over 1820 metres, following his improved showing (third) behind the 99-1 outsider HOLIDAY WEEKEND over 1700 metres on September 27.
The three-year-old colt from the stables of Patrick Smellie was staying on at the finish and having worked fairly well on Monday morning, galloping seven furlongs in 1:33.0, should win from NO MONEY FRIEND and JUNIOR DON.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by hat-trick seeker ROCK UNION (working well) with Ellis aboard and recent winner TASHARA (Shamaree Muir) to repeat as well in the sixth over the straight. Their respective dangers are BORDER LINE (Nelson up) in the fifth for overnight allowance sprinters and YOUR EMINENCE in the sixth.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) PERFECT GOLD/MONDAY HILL
(2) ALSO CORRECT/RAJA SARANGI
(3) POLLY B
(4) EPIC ZAR/NO MONEY FRIEND
(5) ROCK UNION/BORDER LINE
(6) TASHARA/YOUR EMINENCE