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Bank on Choo Choo Blue

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:00 AMOrville Clarke
From left: Trainer Wayne DaCosta, jockey Omar Walker, and owner Alexander Haber pose for the camera after POKER STAR had won the Lotto Sprint Trophy at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

Eleven competitive races are in the offing at Caymanas Park tomorrow, the first Super-6 embracing races one to six and the twilight six from six to 11.

With no carry-overs in effect, punters should have a free ride in the opening Super-6 race over 1,100 metres in which the impressive American three-year-old filly CHOO CHOO BLUE looks hard to oppose following back-to-back fast-time wins in recent weeks.

Trainer Peter McMaster has high hopes for his speedy filly, and judging from the manner in which she carved out her recent wins, the sky's the limit for her. In-form Robert Halledeen again has the ride in the eight-horse field, from which GARY GLITTER, a disqualified winner last time out, looks the principal danger.

MOM'S STUDENT, who won the Jamaica Oaks a year ago, showed, in her recent outing behind SIR BUDGET, that she is ready to go one better in the second race over 1,100 metres.

Trained by Fitzroy Glispie, MOM'S STUDENT, now back to good form, should have the beating of her seven opponents, especially with the trainer calling up the promising 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger to reduce the weight to 51.0kg.

PROLIFIC PRINCESS from the bang in form stables of Neive Graham looks the main danger, having chased home STORMING over 1,400 metres last Saturday.

FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, a former grade one campaigner, looks the horse to beat on a $450,000 claiming tag in the third race over the straight five course in which nine will run.

Although struggling this season, the American six-year-old horse, who was formerly trained by 15-time champion Wayne DaCosta, comes in with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of apprentice Odean Edwards' 3.0kg claim, and although the race has a dicey look about it, the proven class of FORTUNEONEHUNDRED could make the difference. DIFERENTGENERATION should form the exacta.

LEILANI, from the inform stables of lone female trainer Margaret Parchment, has been knocking at the door in recent races and seems poised to open her account in the fourth race over 1,500 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up.

LEILANI, to again be ridden by in-form apprentice Jerome Innis, will love the distance and, with only 52.0kg, should win from BRAVE HEART and CONNOR in a 13-strong field.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down in class BIG GEORGE under leading jockey Omar Walker and OCEAN SEEKER, to be ridden by apprentice Amoy Gray for top-line trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(1) CHOO CHOO BLUE

(2) MOM'S STUDENT

(3) FORTUNEONEHUNDRED

(4) LEILANI/BRAVE HEART

(5) BIG GEORGE/LEGAL ACCOUNT

(6) OCEAN SEEKER