No stopping Frankenstorm
With the first nine races going to favourites, the $15 million Pick-9 was caught by a multitude of punters at Caymanas Park last Saturday, each receiving $12,000.
In what was dubbed 'poor people programme', I cannot recall so many winning favourites (many odds-on) at a meet in years. Indeed, the trend was only broken in the very last race when the 2-1 favourite MIRACLE RECOVERY was beaten by 4-1 chance TERRA MARIQUE in a driving finish.
With six favourites obliging in the first Super-6, nearly everyone got a piece of the action - $516. The late Super-6 paid $1,576, not bad considering five favourites won.
I suspect that things will be much harder tomorrow, as the Pick-9 start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $1 million and the Super-6s - $750,000 each.
The Pick-9 will be conducted on all nine races, the first Super-6 from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race four to nine.
We look at the first Super-6 to be contested by $180,000 claimers over the round five course, the field including FRANKENSTORM who steps down two classes in a nine-strong field to contest this race.
Trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, FRANKENSTORM, who proved competitive (led) for a long way (fifth) behind WINESHA over 1200 metres. on a $350,000 tag recently, is so much better than rivals that it would be foolhardy to oppose him with champion jockey Dane Nelson now taking the ride. INSANE BOLT looks his obvious danger.
The second race for high claiming horses over the straight five course should resolve itself into a straight fight between the down in class horses SUNLIGHT EXPRESS and SIR VON, to be ridden by 2.0kg claiming apprentice Orlando Foster and Nelson, respectively.
The Lawrence Freemantle-trained SUNLIGHT EXPRESS enjoys winning races and should use his speed to best advantage and make a brave bid.
SIR VON, owned by Von White and now taking orders from Patrick 'Mice' Taylor (moving from Wayne DaCosta), is easily the most accomplished in the field and stepping down with only 53.0kg, is given the edge over SUNLIGHT EXPRESS and the recent course winner LADY SHANKARI.
HE'STHEREAL LINKS, who went down fighting against EL PATRON over 1500 metres on January 17, is fancied to turn the tables on his old rival in the fourth race over 6he same distance for $180,000 claimers. HE'STHEREAL LINKS (Aaron Chatrie up) subsequently finished second to HERECOMESYHEBREEZE over 1400 metres and having settled down to his racing of late, should win from EL PATRON and super fit VERONICA B in a field of 10.
SHE'S PLUMMY and CHIEF SECRETARIAT, who finished almost heads on for second and third respectively behind SPEEDY PROCESS over 1300 metres on February 21, should fight out the finish of the fifth race over 1820 metres, while LITTLE TUFF MAN (knocking at the door) with Shane Ellis aboard and GOLDEN BULLET (Nelson up) should provide answers for the sixth and seventh races, respectively.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(3) SIR VON/SUNLIGHT EXPRESS
(4) HE'STHEREAL LINKS/EL PATRON
(5) CHIEF SECRETARIAT/SHE'S PLUMMY
(6) LITTLE TUFF MAN/D GIRLFORME
(7) GOLDEN BULLET/DA JACKAL