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Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AMOrville Clarke
SLEW DI CLOCK (Aaron Chatrie) capturing last Saturday's eighth race at Caymanas Park. OPTIMUS (left), with Jerome Innis aboard, was second.
EDISON (Bebeto Harvey) holding off a late challenge from SHINING LIGHT (Aaron Chatrie) to win last Saturday's ninth race at Caymanas Park.
ABOGADO (front left), with Jevanne Erwin aboard, getting the better of AQUILO (Rujah Lahoe) to win the fifth race over 1000 metres straight at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
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With 12 races slated for tomorrow at Caymanas Park, much attention will be focused on the late Super-6, which offers a $3.8 million carryover from Wednesday.

This, the twilight six as it is otherwise called, will be conducted from Race Seven to 12, while the first Super-6 will embrace the first six races on the card.

We look at the late Super-6 commencing in Race Seven over 1100 metres for high claimers, the field including the recent winners RIO COBRE; UNBREAKABLE, who bids for his fourth consecutive win; and FORCE DE JOUR, who, despite his disappointing run behind ACTION MAN as the favourite over 1400 metres on February 27, can definitely rebound now dropped in class with only 52.0kg.

However, with RIO COBRE having resumed winning ways over the straight in overnight company on February 24, the American-bred eight-year-old gelding from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is tipped to repeat with four-time champion Omar Walker again in the saddle. RIO COBRE beat EDISON over the straight recently, and with the runner-up having paid tribute to the form by winning in overnight company last Saturday, speaks volumes for his chances.

HELLO LADY, with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for in-form trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, showed promise when finishing second to NOLAN HILL in a fast-run straight five race (57.2) on February 20, and now better for the experience, the Fearless Vision offspring should lead home GOLDEN GLORY and LIKE A LADY in a field of 11 maiden three-year-olds.

NINTHRACE

The ninth race, confined to $180,000 claimers for the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy, looks tailored for down-in-class EL CLIENTE, a January 30 course winner at this level. The six-year-old gelding from the stables of Anthony Smith wasn't disgraced when finishing five lengths seventh to REGGAE GOLD over the distance on February 27 on a $250,000 tag, and now back to $180,000 claiming, should lead home another recent winner, SPORTING CLAY, with Dane Nelson aboard. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the ride in a 10-horse field.

The 10th race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds has attracted five first-time runners in a field of 16, including the Bridled Quest filly DANCEHALL SWEET (working well), with Nelson riding for trainer Gary Subratie. Having looked advanced in her preparation, DANCEHALL SWEET gets the nod over ZANDRINA and BIG MISTAKE from the DaCosta stables.

Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM, to be ridden by Omar Walker for DaCosta and Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, beat the best horses in the country in last December's $6.5 million Diamond Mile, and having followed up over 1500 metres recently, should lead home the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD (Nelson up) in the Chairman's Trophy grade one feature over 1500 metres to be contested by six starters.

Then, take the course specialist AGAKHAN, with Robert Halledeen up, to win the closing race over the straight (claiming $350,000 - $300,000) at the expense of FRANKENSTORM.

SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES

(7) RIO COBRE/FORCE DE JOUR

(8) HELLO LADY/GOLDEN GLORY

(9) EL CLIENTE/SPORTING CLAY

(10) DANCEHALL SWEET/ ZANDRINA

(11) SEEKING MY DREAM/ FRANFIELD

(12) AGAKHAN