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Start with Sir Roland

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Groom Lucien Morgan leads NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST (Shane Ellis up) back to the winners' enclosure after three year-old filly's victory at Caymanas Park on March 14.
Ian Allen/Photographer Dane Nelson ...will be aboard SIR ROLAND tomorrow.
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The Pick-9 again eluded punters at Caymanas Park last Saturday, and the carry-over to tomorrow's meet stands at a cool $3.1 million.

The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Super-6, which gets underway with a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race over 1,400 metres to be contested by eight starters, including top contenders SIR ROLAND under champion jockey Dane Nelson, ALL FOR THE GLORY, SUPER HERITAGE and SEAL THE DEAL.

With the horses declared pretty moderate in ability, SIR ROLAND should seize the opportunity to, at last, open his account ahead of SEAL THE DEAL (Jemar Jackson up), who has shown ability and, with Lasix now administered, is a dangerous opponent.

The second race over the round-five course, confined to maiden three-year-olds, looks tailored for ROAD WI SEH, to be ridden by Shane Ellis for trainer Patrick Chang.

Caught on the line

The 3-y-o chestnut colt by Adore The Gold, out of Dream Watcher, caught the eye on his recent debut over 1,300 metres when he was caught on the line by MAN IN BLUE after making most of the running. Now better for the experience and working well (galloped five furlongs in 1.01.3 March 21), ROAD WI SEH should prove too strong for main rivals KING WITHIN and GOLD CHARM in a field of nine.

EASTWOOD, now dropped two classes to contest the third race over 1,400 metres for $250,000 - $210,000 claiming horses, should come into his own and score an overdue win in a competitive looking field of 11.

The 6-y-o horse, who now takes orders from trainer Neive Graham, was caught and beaten in the last furlong by MARINE DRIVE over a mile on a $450,000 claiming tag on February 21. Prior to that, he was second to LADY ABHIJITA over 1,500 metres in better company on January 31. A fit EASTWOOD is much better than rivals and, with Shane Ellis in the saddle, should make no mistake over what is an ideal trip for him. STOP A GAP and I'VE BEEN CHOSEN are twin dangers.

Race number four over 1,200 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies (division one), should be decided among the trio of STORMING (Paul Francis up), who has shown promise in her two races to date; Wayne DaCosta's GRANVILLE GRETA (Shamaree Muir up) and the well-forward debutante MY ANGEL (Ellis up), a lovely looking chestnut filly by Reign Of Merit out of My Legacy from the stables of Spencer Chung.

It could go down to the wire involving three of the 12 fillies declared, but preference is for the Neive Graham-trained STORMING (working well), ahead of MY ANGEL.

The fifth and sixth races in the first Super-6 should see the recent two-turn scorer MISS BOSS LADY, with leading jockey Omar Walker retaining the ride, and the grey filly VINTAGE RUCKUS (Richard Mairs up) winning their respective races. Both are extremely fit.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(1) SIR ROLAND/SEAL THE DEAL

(2) ROAD WI WEH/KING WITHIN

(3) EASTWOOD/STOP A GAP

(4) STORMING/MY ANGEL

(5) MISS BOSS LADY

(6) VINTAGE RUCKUS/LOYALTY