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Bank on General Togo

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMElton Tucker
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Aaron Chatrie (right) aboard UNBREAKABLE digs in as his mount battles to stave off challenges from the Paul Francis-ridden FRANKENSTORM (left) and RUNJOHNNY RUN, ridden by Javaniel Patterson, in the seventh race at Caymanas Park on January 30.
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer NUCLEAR AFFAIR (right), with jockey Dane Nelson in the saddle, winning the day's third race, ahead of ORPHEUS (Shane Ellis), at Caymanas Park on January 30.
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer LITTLE BIG HORN (Omar Walker) going to the winners' enclosure following his win in the Mercury Sprint at Caymanas Park on January 30.
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HOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.

The island's only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.

Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson's 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice's claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.

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GENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3x47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.

Lawrence Freemantle's AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.

BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year's Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.

FRANCIA'S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.

Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS

(3) GENERAL TOGO

(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY

(5) BIGDADDYKOOL

(6) FRANCIA'S PRIDE/PINELOPE

(7) NEVER GIVE UP