Lovetta Jones a safe banker
The Pick-9 starts anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow after it was caught by a lucky punter, who walked away with a cool million. He also bagged two of the late Super-6 for another $200,000.
We look at the first Super-6, which commences with an 800-metre race over the straight for $180,000 claimers to be contested by eight starters.
The winner is almost sure to come from the trio of LOVETTA JONES, ROLEX, and the recent post-to-post winner MIRACLE RECOVERY under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen.
ROLEX and LOVETTA JONES have both beaten better in the not too distant past and appear to have a bit more class than the Michael Beecham-trained MIRACLE RECOVERY. However, MIRACLE RECOVERY not only loves the straight, but her current fitness is not in question.
Preference, however, is for LOVETTA JONES, who was not disgraced when finishing 63/4 lengths fourth to AUNT HILDA over the straight five course on September 9, this on a $250,000 claiming tag.
likely to succeed
RUNNER RUNNER, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races,
finishing second in his last two, should go one better in the second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds and up.
With leading jockey Shane Ellis prevailing with the ride, the Spencer Chung-trained 4-y-o colt looks the most likely to succeed in the eight-strong field and should open his account at the expense of LUCKYBEGOOD (Henry up) and AWESOME ROCKET.
Next on the programme is the annual renewal of the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup to be contested by nine native-bred two-year-old fillies.
It will more than likely come down to a straight fight between the well-forward debutante PERFECT ASSET, to be ridden by Halledeen
for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the Philip Feanny-trained SORRENTINO'S STAR (Paul Francis up), who was second to FUTURE KING on her September 5 debut over 1100 metres.
A bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Fattie Bum Bum, PERFECT ASSET looked easy when galloping from the gate in 1:01.3 by 47.0 on Monday morning and should open her account right away.
NATASHADONTPLAY (Chal-rick Budhai up), who went close in her last two races, is preferred to main rival HOLIDAY WEEKEND (Walker up) in the fourth race over a mile to be contested by eight starters. Then take STERRI'S CHOICE (Walker aboard), a narrow loser to BRAHMOS over 1100 metres last Saturday, to upstage DOOLAHIN (Ellis up) in the fifth race for the Donald Tankoy Cup over 1300 metres run in memory of the former CTL executive manager, who died in September, 2008. And close
the programme with LIGHT BRIGADE under in-form Jevanne Erwin in the sixth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over 1400 metres.
With the trip now ideal, LIGHT BRIGADE, who was unplaced behind dead-heaters FRANKENSTORM and NEVER GIVE UP over the round-five course last Saturday, returns under new management, moving from trainer Lawrence Freemantle to Steven Todd, and given this milder pace, gets the nod over TOKICO and JOHN D LINJAH.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) LOVETTA JONES
(2) RUNNER RUNNER/
(3) PERFECT ASSET/
(5) STERRI'S CHOICE/
(6) LIGHT BRIGADE/