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Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Jockey Ameth Robles walking to the scale after winning aboard NO MONEY FRIEND at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
Jockey Omar Walker scoring an impressive win aboard JDA in the sixth race at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The War Marshall - Dusty Milly filly clocked 1.14.2 for 1200 metres.
Apprentice Dane Dawkins (right) pilotting WONDER GIRL to victory ahead of LUCKY NINE (Oneil Mullings) in the eighth race at Caymanas Park on July 23.

Tomorrow's nine-race programme at Caymanas Park offers no carryovers in either the Pick-9 or Super-6, hence both start anew at the guaranteed minimum of $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

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

We look at the first Super-6, which commences in race two, this over the round five course for four-year-olds and up, non-winners of three.

The eight-horse field includes the recent winners FLASHY MAMA MIA and SWEET DIMENSION, as` well as more appealing types such as RAISING THE BAR, PIZARRO, and LAGUNA POUNT, who all have good speed and should ensure a hotly contested race.

Any of the three is capable of winning over this the minimum trip, none more so than LAGUNA POINT, who failed by a short head to beat SUPERTRONICS over 1400 metres on July 16, a race in which the early leader, PIZARRO, finished 4-3/4 lengths seventh. Offering huge odds of 44-1 that day, LAGUNA POINT raced prominently into the straight before engaging the winner in a neck-and-neck duel throughout the last furlong. With former champion jockey Wesley 'Callaloo' Henry retaining the ride, the Christopher Pierre-trained LAGUNA POINT should win from speedy RAISING THE BAR.

The second race in the first Super-6 (race three) will see eight overnight allowance horses venturing over 1500 metres. With most of the horses enjoying good form, this should make it an interesting race, but one thing is sure: SHINING LIGHT, with competent 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger aboard, will have to be caught.

Trained by Gary Griffiths, the consistent four-year-old colt takes a drop in class for this race, stepping down from open allowance company, where he finished a good fifth to BRAWN over the round five course recently.




But he has rubbed shoulders with horses who have gone on to better things this season, and having shown a willingness to fight to the very end, should stave off Henry's mount ANOTHER BULLET (consistent) and the back-to-form RAGING PROSPECT.

They all have the very fit NATASHADONTPLAY to beat in the fourth race over a mile confined to five-year-olds and up, non-winners of three other than.

The five-year-old mare from the stables of Uton Stewart finished a close second to hot favourite SANTANA over the straight on July 9, a distance well short of her best. NATASHADONTPLAY gets the ideal trip on this occasion, and with the useful claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson securing the ride from the lowly mark of 49.0kg, should lead home JUNIOR DON and XQUISITE CHOICE.

BAD BOY JUSTIN, now dropped in class after running creditably in his last two races, should take a lot of beating in the hands of top apprentice Linton Steadman when he takes on nine opponents in the fifth race over 1100 metres for $250,000 - $210,000 claimers.

A good run-on sprinter, BAD BOY JUSTIN was slowly into stride in his last two races on a $350,000 claiming tag yet closed strongly to finish a length fourth to SHADE OF BEAUTY in the Sports Journalists of Jamaica Trophy over 1200 metres on June 18. He was subsequently beaten but not disgraced by AUNT HILDA recently, and now, dropping from $350,000 claiming to $250,000, should catch the bold front-runner FIFTYONESTORM (Robert Halledeen up).

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the lightly raced LEEKOUT, with in-form jockey Aaron Chatrie replacing the sparingly used Delroy Beharie, and PRINCE SAMMO under Jevanne Erwin in the seventh over the round five course, this for maiden three-year-olds who have not finished from second to fourth lifetime.