No stopping Doolahin
Thanks to back-to-back upsets by JODY'S LODGE at 11-1 and PHINEAS at 12-1 in the eighth and ninth races respectively, the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $1.7 million.
The Pick-9 will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11, with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.
We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a restricted allowance race over a mile to be contested by seven starters, including six three-year-olds. The ones that matter are DON'S DRAGON, GRANVILLE GRETA, both of whom finished second last time out, as well as HOUDINI'S MAGIC.
The Spencer Chung-trained DON'S DRAGON, with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker up, could well start favourite by virtue of having finished second to MERLIN over 1820 metres on May 30.
Although yet to win in three starts, the five-year-old son of Kipling has proved competitive in all three races and will only go down fighting.
Preference, however, is for the Anthony Nunes-trained HOUDINI'S MAGIC (Shane Ellis up), who was seventh to KRONUS in the Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) over 2000 metres on May 23, but had earlier finished third to SEEKING MY DREAM in a fast-run mile race in February. He reports well refreshed from a five-week absence and looks the one to beat with only 51.5kg.
MARIA'S GLORY, having chased home PRINCESS TABOKIE over a mile recently, gets the nod over VERY CRAFTY and TRACKING DANIEL in the second race over 1820 metres, to be contested by 11 four-year-olds and up (non winners of two). MARIA'S GLORY will be ridden by Shamaree Muir for trainer Gary Griffiths.
The speedy COME DANCE WITH ME (Ellis up) is tipped to go all the way in the third race over the round five course for three-year-olds and up. The Nunes-trained COME DANCE WITH ME went down narrowly to SMOKEY TOPAZ over 1100 metres when they last met on May 25, but enjoys a 5.0kg swing with SMOKEY TOPAZ (Paul Francis up) in the weights, sufficient to turn the tables over the shorter distance.
The fourth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds should resolve itself into a straight fight between ACTION MAN under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths and the well-advanced first time runner SEEKING HOPE (Muir up), a chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of Swapping Secrets who has impressed at exercise under the care of trainer Spencer Chung, galloping five furlongs out of the straight in a brisk 1:00.1 recently.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by SCOOP JORDYNE, now better for recent pipeopeners on June 13 when a fair fifth to RIO COBRE over 1100 metres in overnight company, and the day's five-star banker DOOLAHIN in the sixth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds. The Nunes-trained DOOLAHIN (Ellis up) has been burning up the track at exercise coming into this race, galloping five furlongs from the gate in 1:00.1 by 46.4 last Monday morning. The chestnut filly by Legal Process out of Lady Maragin faces little by way of competition and should lead home MAC MAC in a maximum field of 16.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) HOUDINI'S MAGIC/ DON'S DRAGON
(2) MARIA'S GLORY/VERY CRAFTY
(3) COME DANCE WITH ME/SMOKEY TOPAZ
(4) ACTION MAN/SEEKING HOPE
(5) SCOOP JORDYNE/