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Flying Miracle fancied in the third

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:00 AMOrville Clarke
FLYING MIRACLE with apprentice Dane Dawkins aboard.
TARANTINO (outside with Jerome Innis up) powering to victory in last Saturday's fifth race.
MANDEYA (right) is pushed out by jockey Aaaron Chatrie to take last Saturday's third race at Caymanas Park.
Hot favourite BLESSEDNESS (outside) with apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard winning last Saturday's fourth race ahead of 16-1 shot POWERFUL RED (Anthony Thomas).
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Tomorrow's race meeting at Caymanas Park offers no carryovers, but the 10-race programme looks a bit more challenging than last Saturday's, and punters should be on guard for upsets.

The first Super-6, with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000, gets under way with restricted stakes for three-year-olds and up to be contested by seven starters, including last Saturday's fast-time winner CHOO CHOO BLUE, the speedy POLLY B with female apprentice Melissa Ward aboard, ZUGULU, and in-form DINNER BY SEVEN.

The winner is almost sure to emerge from this quartet, but the lightly raced American three-year-old filly, CHOO CHOO BLUE, looked so improved when running on Lasix for the first time on May 14, clocking a fast 59.0 over the round five course, that she is given the edge over the consistent POLLY B, with in-form Robert Halledeen retaining the ride.

Next on the programme is division one of a 3-y-o maiden special over 1200 metres in which 12 have been declared.

This race looks tailored for the Patrick Fong-trained NEHEMIAH (Jevanne Erwin up), who, despite a below-par fourth to DYSFUNCTIONAL over 1500 metres on April 16, had run some good races prior to that.

Chief among them was his blanket-finish fourth to DR TRAIN over 1300 metres on March 28 but was a disqualified winner over 1100 metres earlier that month. The son of Burning Marque, Luvvy Duvvy should win from KANALOA and THAT'S THE MAN, who ran an improved race for second to PRINCESS EMANUELLE when Lasix was administered last Saturday.

The ultra-consistent FLYING MIRACLE caught the eye with a fast-finishing third to SIR SOUTH over 1200 metres on May 11, a distance short of is best. The 6-y-o son of Miracle Man gets the ideal trip of a mile in the third race, and despite the presence of the down in class trio of UNBREAKABLE with champion jockey Shane ELLIs, STAR NEW VISTA and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, FLYING MIRACLE with apprentice Dane Dawkins riding for trainer Ryan Darby, has most appeal among the eight starters.

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The recent winner, WINESHA, with apprentice Javaneil Patterson aboard, is tipped to repeat the expense EUSEBIA and CLEARLY OURS in the fourth race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers.

Then, take DI COBRE (apprentice Jerome Innis up) to go one better in the fifth race over the straight following his photo-finish second to ELVIRA over the course on April 23; and LUCKY NINE with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger in the sixth. Their respective dangers are the very fit ELVIRA and OK DUDE.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(10 CHOO CHOO BLUE/-POLLY B

(2) NEHEMIAH/KANALOA

(3) FLYING MIRACLE/-UNBREAKABLE

(4) WINESHA/EUSEBIA

(5) DI COBRE/ELVIRA

(6) LUCKY NINE/OK DUDE