Smokey Topaz all the way
Both the Pick-9 and second Super-6 offer carryovers on tomorrow's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park, this largely due to a 37-1 upset by MINNIFFIA in the closing race over 1200 metres.
The Pick-9, which offers a $1,0070.00 jackpot, will encompass races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six and the late Super-6 from race five to 10 with $1,0040.00 in the kitty.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a restricted stakes over the round five course to be contested by six starters.
Indications are that this race will resolve itself into a straight fight between the three-year-old sprinters COME DANCE WITH ME and SMOKEY TOPAZ to be ridden by Shane Ellis and Paul Francis respectively.
Although the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes-trained COME DANCE WITH ME emerged he top two-year-old filly of last season, the Blue Pepsi Lodge - Soca Dancer's offspring has failed to impress in two starts this season, finishing last but one (never a factor) to PUDDY POOH in the recent 1000 Guineas.
Having done next to nothing at exercise since, COME DANCE WITH ME is obviously proving difficult to train and although this represents her easiest task in some time, preference is for the Philip Feanny-trained SMOKEY TOPAZ, who showed good speed to win over the straight last Saturday in the good time of 58.3 seconds.
EL PATRON, now dropped in class (claiming $180,000) following his fast-finishing second to EASTWOOD over 1400 metres on March 28, is confidently expected to resume winning ways in the second race over 1800 metres.
Prior to his close second to EASTWOOD, EL PATRON, who was claimed out of that race by Edward Walker, won by the resounding margin of 10 lengths over 1500 metres and is clearly a cut above the $180,000 claiming level.
His only real danger in the eight-horse field must be NANNYTHEREALTHING, who despite her unimpressive form of late, could rebound over this trip. Two-kilo claiming apprentice Kuri Powell has the ride aboard topweight EL PATRON, reducing the weight to 55.0kg.
BIGMAN TING, who has been prominent in his recent races, has little to beat in the third race over 1500 metres for maiden four-year-olds and should finally open his account with champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for trainer Ryan Darby. 'BIGMAN' has most to fear from ALL FOR THE GLORY, who failed by three-quarter length to stave off SIR ROLAND at 1400 metres recently.
Race four over 1500 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for the well forward debutant BONGO KING, a chestnut colt by Urban King out of Valady from the stables of Everal Francis.
BONGO KING, to be ridden by Shamaree Muir, caught the eye when galloping six furlongs in 1:17.2 at exercise recently and with his 11 opponents nothing much, should win from another first time runner, TWILIGHT CITIZEN (Shane Ellis up), who has been looking up at exercise.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BARS OF GOLD (working well) with Ellis aboard and KING WITHIN (Omar Walker up), who ran encouragingly over the straight last time out. Their respective dangers are XQUISITE CHOICE and the Gary Subratie-trained ARIZONA GOLD, a stable-companion of KING WITHIN.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) SMOKEY TOPAZ/COME DANCE WITH ME
(2) EL PATRON
(3) BIGMAN TING/ALL FOR THE GLORY
(4) BONGO KING/TWILIGHT CITIZEN
(5) BARS OF GOLD/ XQUISITE CHOICE
(6) KING WITHIN/ARIZONA GOLD