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Take Ian Links in the fourth

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 3:00 AMOrville Clarke
Apprentice Jananie Patterson (right) piloting FORCE DE JOUR to victory over Dane Nelson's DREAMCOMETRUE to win the $550,000 Claiming race over 1100 mstres at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

With CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (21-1) and ZEEVA (10-1) scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow stands at $3.6 million.

This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $5 million. Both Super-6s on the other hand were cornered and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.

The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by six starters. Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition, what with the presence of last Saturday's course winner, ZEEVA, ROCKETEER, FRANKENSTOR and OFFICIAL REPORT, who has beaten better in the not too distant past.

Trained by Philip Lee, OFFICIAL REPORT last won over this trip via the Stewards' Room last August on the disqualification of WOMAN IS BOSS in overnight allowance company and with a mere 48.0kg with apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over FRANKENSTORM and ZEEVA.

Next on the programme is a maiden condition race for four-year-olds and up, which will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG BUCK with apprentice Jerome Innis and MR. TOPPER TOP MAN with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both finished second and third, respectively, behind FREE RANGE over 1200 metres last Saturday, but with Chatrie replacing female apprentice Andree Powell aboard the Donovan Plummer-trained MR. TOPPER TOP MAN, he should reverse the placings as only three-quarter length separated them at the finish.

 

USEFUL BUT UNPREDICTABLE

 

The useful but unpredictable GENUINE FRIEND, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, is weighed to win the third race over 1200 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 6-y-o mare from the stables of Linton Calder has come down 4.0kg in the weights and if getting it right at the start, should win from the front running EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS with top jockey Dane Nelson up and SEMPER FIDELIS in a field of 11.

IAN LINKS, who beat all barring the promising SOL SENOR over 1400 metres in March 5, should go one better in the fourth race over a mile - for maiden three-year-olds - with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR DOITBETTA and HEY CHAMP are twin dangers in a 14-strong field.

Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by RAY RAY (Oneil Beckford up) and down in class UNCLE G with apprentice Patterson aboard. Their respective dangers are NO MONEY FRIEND and LEGAL ACCOUNT.

 

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

 

(1) OFFICIAL REPORT/FRANKENSTORM

(20 MR. TOPPER TOP MAN/BIG BUCK

(3) GENUINE FRIEND/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS

(4) IAN LINKS

(5) RAY RAY/NO MONEY FRIEND

(6) UNCLE G/LEGAL ACCOUNT