Butler Cabin's time to shine
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday even though there were no major upsets on the card.
The carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $1.4 million and indications are the payout could exceed $2.4 million.
We look at the first Super-6 which begins with a 3-y-o maiden condition race over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including leading lights JUNIOR DON with champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard and TRACKING DANIEL, the mount of Richard Lunan.
The Welsh Soutar-trained JUNIOR DON advertised his well being on November 8 when finishing 1-3/4 lengths second to the front running NO MONEY FRIEND over 1400 metres and prior to that was 13 lengths third to EPIC ZAR over this trip on October 11.
JUNIOR DON seems to be settling down to his racing and although TRACKING DANIEL has run well over this trip in the past and was fourth to ROUGH PATRICK over a mile on October 29, the presence of the leading jockey should tilt the balance in his favour.
Next on the programme is a 2-y-o maiden special over the straight five course in which eight will face the starter. The three that matter are the Harry Parsard-trained LONG RUNNING TRAIN (Richard Mairs up) who now runs with Lasix, the Philip Feanny-trained SMOKEY TOPAZ (Ian Spence up), who has shown promise in two races and the debutant SIR LEYLAND HALL (Trevor Simpson).
LONG RUNNING TRAIN showed good speed when chasing home the unbeaten POLLY B in a fast-run (58.3) straight five race recently and with POLLY B coming back to win the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint over 1300 metres in record time on November 8, this speaks volumes for his chances.
BUTLER CABIN, with Nelson now taking the ride, looks the obvious choice among the seven starters declared for the War Zone Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres, having chased home the impressive BOY WONDER behind fast times in two recent sprint races. Blessed with a good turn of foot, the 'Baba' Nunes -trained colt should prove too strong for speedy hat-trick seeker CRUCIAL with Rayan Wilson again in the saddle.
One of the more open races on the card is the fourth to be contested by 12 native bred four-year-olds and up over a mile. The horses to note are ONE CREATOR (Nelson up), ELUSIVE DREAM (Cardenas aboard), FLYING MIRACLE (Jevanne Erwin) and INFANTRY OFFICER (Shane Ellis).
ONE CREATOR was a fast-finishing fourth to SAINT MARY over 1700 metres on a $250,000 claiming tag last Saturday and having recorded his last win over this trip back in March, beating ELUSIVE DREAM and FLYING MIRACLE back then, should get there in time with Nelson now aboard.
Old rivals SUNLIGHT EXPRESS (Orlando Foster aboard) and SIR VON (Cardenas up) should fight out the finish of the fifth race for high claimers over 1200 metres. I expect the Wayne DaCosta trained SIR VON to turn the tables on his recent conqueror on 4.0kg better terms. Then, take GREEN BERET, who was a fast-finishing second to TATTY'S BAD GAL over the straight recently, to go one better in the sixth.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) JUNIOR DON/TRACKING
(2) LONG RUNNING
(3) BUTLER CABIN
(4) ONE CREATOR/ELUSIVE
(5) SIR VON/SUNLIGHT
(6) GREEN BERET/SINK THE