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Bank on fit Bigbrowngreyhope

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Hakeem Pottinger guiding BIG BLACK NATION to victory in last Saturday's eighth race at Caymanas Park. The winner is trained by Fitzroy Glispie.

Another nine-race programme is on at Caymanas Park tomorrow on which neither the Pick-9 nor Super-6s offer carry-overs.

The Pick-9 will embrace all nine races, while the first Super-6 will be conducted from race two to seven, the late Super-6 from race four to nine.

The in-form American horse BIGBROWNGREYHOPE should give punters a flying start in the first Super-6 as he faces six opponents in the Oswald 'Ossie' Steele Memorial Cup over 1200 metres for $500,000- $400,000 claiming horses.

Trained by Ryan Darby for owner Raphael Gordon, BIGBROWNGREYHOPE completed back-to-back wins over 1300 metres on June 29, but failed in his bid for the hat-trick on July 6 when finishing a length second to BRAVE PROSPCT over 1100 metres, a trip just short of his best.

Now stepping down in class from $550,000 to $450,000, and top apprentice Linton Steadman in the saddle, the six-year-old grey gelding by Big Brown out of Hopes and Fear should make no mistake from the convenient mark of 54.0kg.

Next on the programme is a competitive-looking overnight allowance race over the straight to be contested by eight mostly fit horses.

The field includes the recently disqualified course winner SIR BUDGET, BLUE DIXIE, who ran creditably last Saturday, GARY GLITTER, who failed in his bid for the hat-trick when stumbling badly at the start of his recent race, as well as the speedy ACTION MAN and SCOOP JORDYNE, whose last win came over the course in December.




BLUE DIXIE, who caught the eye when finishing a close third to FORCE DE JOUR and BERRANCA over 1200 metres last Saturday, is definitely race fit and, with in-form Aaron Chatrie riding her from the convenient mark of 51.5kg, the three-year-old filly from the stables of Gary Subratie gets the nod over GARY GLITTER and SCOOP JORDYNE.

Race number four for maiden three-year-olds should see FLYING MACHINE, REASSURANCE, SEEKING THE DAWN and LEEKOUT in contention where it matters. All ran well in their recent races, none more so than SEEKING THE DAWN (Bebeto Harvey) who beat all barring the favourite BIG BLACK NATION while coming from a bad draw over the straight last Saturday.

RASHAIDA, who went down fighting to CHIEF SECRETARIAT over a mile recently, holds the key to the fifth race over 1500 metres, with Oneil Mullings aboard. The same is true of the well-forward debutante JDA, a 3-y-o bay filly by War Marshall out of Dusty Milly, to be ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. JDA looked sharp when galloping five furlongs in 1.01.0 at exercise recently and should make a winning debut at 1200 metres.

The speedy EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS, with 2.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Robert Darby Sr, could not have asked for an easier opportunity when she faces $180,000 conditional claimers in the seventh race over the straight.

WAR CHIP, the mount of former champion Wesley Henry and LOVETTA JONES, both effective over the straight, are her main rivals in a 13-strong field.