Jesse James to storm home
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively on tomorrow's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park, the first Super-6 commencing in the first race over 1,200 metres for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup.
The first Super 6 will embrace races one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10, while the Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with the annual renewal of the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup (claiming $250,00-$210,000) to be contested by nine starters.
The field includes top contenders WILLIE GOLDSMITH, SIR VON and speedy hat-trick seeker ETERNAL JOY, who won very easily over this trip back in February. It will definitely come down to this trio.
Both WILLIE GOLDSMITH under leading jockey Omar Walker and SIR VON with Richard Mairs aboard, step down several classes to vie for this trophy and it could come down to these two, both having won in overnight allowance company last year.
2013, 2000 Guineas
WILLIE GOLDSMITH, in fact, won the 2000 Guineas in 2013, and although having declined in ability in recent times due to unsoundness, should be good enough to win a race of this nature at this lowly level.
Next on the programme is a 4-y-o and up maiden special again over 1,200 in which 11 will face the starter. Leading lights are GRAND TRAIN with Jevanne Erwin aboard, LITTLE TUFF MAN with the inexperienced apprentice Zac Meikle riding, SEAL THE DEAL with apprentice Orayne Sewell and GOOD LIFE, the mount of four-time champion jockey Omar Walker.
If LITTLE TUFF MAN is competently ridden by Meikle, the 4-y-o colt from the stables of Donovan Plummer could provide horse and rider with their maiden win.
True, there is not much to choose from among the abovementioned quartet, but the safest choice could well be GOOD LIFE, who was a fast-finishing third to COURT CALL over 1,100 metres last Saturday when ridden by visiting jockey Patrick Husbands.
The 4-y-o filly was fitted with the cheek pieces for that race and this had the desired effect on the quality of her performance as she just failed to snatch second from long-time leader SECRETENA.
The late-kicking JESSIE JAMES has been a model of consistency, and following his strong second to out of class MISS BOSS LADY over 2,000 metres on March 28, the seven-year-old son of Storm Craft should go one better with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths taking the ride.
significant to note
It is significant to note that JESSIE JAMES notched his last win over this trip on January 3, storming through in the latter stages to beat COLD GROUND by four lengths, this on a $350,000 claiming tag. He gets the nod over recent winners PRIMERO and EASTWOOD.
PROLIFIC PRINCESS, a chestnut filly by Legal Process out of Nuttin But Red, has looked well forward in her preparation and should make a winning debut in the fourth race over 1,100 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies.
Trained by Neive Graham, PROLIFIC PRINCESS looked sharp in a recent exercise spin, galloping 1,100 metres in 1:08.1. With Paul Francis up, she should win from COMMANDING AVIATOR and DAYTON AFFAIR in a field of 11.
The last two races In the first Super-6 should be won by the unbeaten MERITONE with Rayon Wilson again riding for trainer Gordon Lewis and the free-running filly BIMINI, to be ridden by in-form Jevanne Erwin for trainer Patrick Smellie. Their respective dangers are the fleet-footed BASIC INSTINCT in the fifth and SALSA DANCER in the sixth.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) WILLIE GOLDSMITH.SIR VON
(2) GOOD LIFE/LITTLE TUFF MAN
(3) JESSIE JAMES/PRIMERO
(4) PROLIFIC PRINCESS/
(5) MERITONE/SOUND OF MIRACLE
(6) BIMINI/SALSA DANCER