Hooray for the bankers
The Pick-9 eluded punters at Caymanas Park on Ash Wednesday, resulting in a $4.6 million carryover going into tomorrow's meet comprising 10 races.
This was due to a shock victory by the 66-1 outsider WILD NATIVE in the fifth race over the straight and, to a lesser extent, ETERNAL JOB at 9-1 in the
second race. Both emerged easy winners, but the Gresford Smith-trained WILD NATIVE can count herself extremely lucky, having capitalised on the misfortune
of highly fancied TEISHA'S DREAM, who bolted in the last 50 metres when clear of rivals, decking jockey Paul 'Country' Francis.
Given the attractive carryover, the Pick-9, which commences from the second race, should top the $6 million mark. The Super-6, meanwhile, offers the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. The first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 1200-metre race for three- and four-year-olds, to be contested by six starters.
Despite the presence of POLLY B, TURN ME LOOSE and SUPERIOR QUALITY, all useful three-year-old sprinters, the one to beat must surely be the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes-trained colt SIEMPRE BUENO, who is unbeaten in two starts.
The chestnut colt by Market Rally out of La Reina looked awesome when strolling home by 10 lengths over 1100 metres on January 10, stopping the clock in the very smart time of 1:04.3. Having worked brilliantly last Sunday morning, galloping 1100 metres in 1:06.0 by 58.2, SEMPRE BUENO looks hard to oppose with champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard.
Next on the programme is a
4-y-o and up maiden condition race over 1100 metres, in which PRINCESS TABOKIE, under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker, looks best in a field of nine moderate campaigners.
Although failing to click behind RASHAIDA over this trip on January 24, PRINCESS TABOKIE has less to do in present company, and with trainer Fitzgerald Richards fitting her with a hood, and the blinkers removed for this race, should open her account at the expense of GRAND TRAIN and LITTLE TUFF MAN.
EASTWOOD, who has beaten better in the not-too-distant past, gets the ideal trip of a mile in the third race, and with Shane Ellis aboard, should lead home old rival MARINE DRIVE in a seven-strong field from the $450,000-$400,000 claiming spread.
Claimed out of his last race by trainer Neive Graham on behalf of O'Shaun Connection, EASTWOOD beat all barring LADY ABHIJITA over 1500 metres on a $450,000 claiming tag on January 31, and could be used as a banker in present company.
Race four over 1100 metres for $180,000 claiming horses looks tailored for DOC HOLIDAY, who is leagues better that this level of racing. True, he has proved difficult to train, hence his presence at this lowly level. But having run encouragingly for third to PRINCE KAYTON earlier this month, the six-year-old son of Wizard Of Gold (Ruja Lahoe up) should win from SILVER CAT (knocking at the door).
The fifth and sixth races, respectively, should be won by MISS JUANITA (regaining form), under leading jockey Robert Halledeen, and the well-forward 3-y-o debutant, THE GREAT HULK, with Nelson riding for trainer Richard Azan. Their respective dangers are RAY RAY and first-time runner LEGAL ACCOUNT (working well).
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) SEMPRE BUENO
(2) PRINCESS TABOKIE
(4) DOC HOLIDAY/SILVER CAT
(5) MISS JUANITA/RAY RAY
(6) THE GREAT HULK