Scoop Jordyne too light to lose
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9 eluded punters once again at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $3.5 million.
With heavier than usual betting anticipated, the Pick-9, which will embrace all nine races on the card, could offer a payout of close to $5 million.
Meanwhile, both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000, the first from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race four to nine.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 3-y-o and up maiden special race for fillies to be contested by 13 starters.
With little in the way of recent form present, AUNT HILDA who was a disqualified winner over 1,000 metres two months ago, seems best equipped to beat this field with Shane Ellis again riding for trainer Robert Alveranga. LA MADRINA, who was second in her two recent races, looks the obvious danger.
'Foggy' Mullings Memorial Trophy
Next on the programme is a 3-y-o and up overnight allowance Seymour 'Foggy' Mullings Memorial Trophy over 1,500 metres, this promising keen competition among the eight starters.
Despite the presence of four horses from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, including ROYAL VIBES and the recent course winner DEO VOLENTE (now up in class), the consistent SCOOP JORDYNE with 2.0kg claiming apprentice Kuri Powell looks the pick of the weights with a mere 48.0kg, this after chasing home CAMPESINO over 1,400 metres recently.
TIMEFORARMS, with Omar Walker aboard, ran well for second behind UNCLE TAF recently and should complete the exacta.
REAL VIBES MACHINE, now taking orders from Gary Subratie and looking up at exercise, is preferred to MONEY HONEY and GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY in the next, division one of the CTL Exercise Riders' race over 800 metres straight.
A sound 'REAL VIBES' should have the beating of this level with 52.0kg and is tipped to go all the way in a 12-horse field from the $180,000 claiming spread.
The consistent LOCKED AND LOADED, who went down fighting against BIGBROWNGREYHOPE over 1,820 metres recently, now has the services of champion jockey Dane Nelson, and despite the presence of BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, STRIKING DISTANCE (working well) and ZACKONTHEATTACK, he has most appeal.
The last two races, division two of the CTL Exercise Riders' race, should resolve itself into a straight fight between PATCH OF FIRE and GOLD RUSH, while it should be Nelson's mount WESTERN FAITH over JOHN D LINJAH in the seventh for maiden four-year-olds and up.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) AUNT HILDA/LA MADRINA
(3) SCOOP JORDYNE
(4) REAL VIBES MACHINE/
(5) LOCKED AND LOADED/
(6) PATCH A FIRE/
(7) WESTERN FAITH/JOHN D LINJAH.