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Shining Light to recoup losses

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Ronald Williams (left) and Itamar King leading in SHINING LIGHT with jockey Paul Francis in the saddle following his win in the Easter Sprint Cup at Caymanas Park on Monday March 28, 2016.
ZACKONTHEATTACK (right), with Aaron Chatrie aboard, capturing the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy race over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park on Emancipation Day. The winner is owned by Raphael Gordon and trained by Ryan Darby.
Trainer Wayne DaCosta (left) congratulating Oneil Scott after the apprentice won his first race aboard LITTLE BIG HORN on Emancipation Day. The DaCosta-trained winner is co-owned by Elizabeth DaCosta, Winston Kong and Raymond Rousseau.

Thanks to upsets by BIG BUCK (12-1), stable-companion ZEPHYR (15-1) and LITTLE BIG HORN (11-1) on the second half of the Emancipation Day programme at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and twilight Super-6 offer carry-overs of $1.3 million each tomorrow.

The first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10, and the Pick-9 from race two to 10. Both the late Super-6 and Pick 9 throw up a five-star banker in the reigning Horse of the Year, SEEKING MY DREAM, one of six horses declared for the grade one Prime Minister's Stakes, the ninth race on the holiday programme.

We look at the first Super-6, which gets underway with a 3-y-o maiden condition race over 1100 metres to be contested by eight starters. The winner will, more than likely, come from a trio comprising BURNING EXIT, to be ridden by leading jockey Omar Walker for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, VELOCIDAD with in-form apprentice Dane Dawkins, and FORMAL JUSTICE (second to PRINCE SAMMO recently) with another in-form apprentice, Bebeto Harvey, aboard.


With the race providing no real standouts, VELOCIDAD, from the stables of Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, gets a glorious opportunity to finally open her account. After finishing second to ZEPHYR over 1000 metres on April 30, she has been somewhat disappointing in four subsequent races, but has caught the eye at exercise recently (1.01.3 from the gates, by 47.1) and with only 50kg should get it right against lukewarm opposition.

Next on the programme is a three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters, including last Saturday's disqualified winner over 1500m, SHINING LIGHT, who carries a mere 50.0kg, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger again in the saddle.

The four-year-old colt from the stables of Gary Griffiths will report even fitter for this race and, now venturing over his pet trip having won twice over the distance earlier this season, should bring fitness into play and stave off the down-in-class TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who has beaten better in the not too distant past.

The third race over the round-five course for three-year-olds promises to be a hotly contested affair among the eight starters, but the standouts are definitely CHACE THE GREAT (Wesley Henry up) and DREAMLINER (Omar Walker), the two most accomplished in the field.

The Dwight Chen-trained CHACE THE GREAT proved his mettle by slamming subsequent derby winner ORPHEUS in the Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres on March 19, but broke down in his last race, the Lotto Classic in May. He has worked well, however, and even with the DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER (working well) looking dangerous over this trip, is given the edge.

Race four over 1500 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up looks tailored for CRUISING DANIELLE (Jemar Jackson up), who is steadily improving. She stayed on for third to ICE ICE BABY in a recent 1200-metre race and, given the additional 300 metres of this race, gets the nod over the recently disqualified winner MR GRAND NATIONAL, and MR TOPPER TOP MAN in a field of 10.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BIG GEORGE (Aaron Chatrie up) and BLESSEDNESS, with top apprentice Linton Steadman aboard. Their respective dangers are EL NUMERO UNO and BATIDOR DE MUNDO.