Bank on Willie Goldsmith
The Pick-9 survived last weekend's back-to-back race meets and the carryover to tomorrow's nine-race programme stands at $2.8 million.
Both Super-6s, having been caught at the April 26 Sunday meet, start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences in the second with a $350,000- 400,000 claiming race over 1400 metres to be contested by seven starters. The field includes EASTWOOD who was a runaway winner over 1500 metres last Saturday on a $250,000-$210,000 claiming tag. Although stepping up in class for this race, EASTWOOD (Shamaree Muir up) is very fit and should have a say in the outcome.
My idea of the winner, however, is the consistent JADA'SFABULOUSTOUR, who finished a close fourth to 19-1 outsider DIFERENTGENERATION over this trip on a $450,000 claiming tag last Sunday.
Trained by Paul Smith, the American-bed six-year-old mare has good speed and now dropped in class with former champion Omar Walker aboard, is definitely the pick of the weights with only 52.0kg.
MILITARY MOVE, who went down fighting against the out of class RAGING PROSPECT over a mile recently, should rebound with a win in the third race over 1500 metres for overnight allowance horses under in-form Shane Ellis.
The Lawrence Freemantle-trained MILITARY MOVE has run some good races in defeat against better horses and having worked well for this race, galloping five furlongs in 1:01.2 a week ago, should stave off the stretch running TIMEFORARMS, who was a fast-finishing second to DEO VOLENTE over 1300 metres a week ago. Both should form the exacta in a seven-strong field.
AGAKHAN, having gone close in his recent races, gets the nod over CHANGE HIM NAME and INFANTRY OFFICER in the fourth race over 1100 metres for which Shamaree Muir has secured the ride in an 11-horse field.
Then, take down one-time 2000 Guineas winner WILLIE GOLDSMITH (Ellis up), now dropped to the lowest level, to romp the fifth race over the straight for $180,000 claimers, GRAND TRAIN (knocking at the door) to win the sixth and ZEUS, who ran well for third behind GEISHA'S GLORY last weekend, to rebound in the seventh over 1100 metres.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(3) MILITARY MOVE/TIMEFORARMS
(4) AGAKHAN/CHANGE HIM NAME
(5) WILLIE GOLDSMITH
(6) GRAND TRAIN/D GIRLFORME