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Copperfield hard to beat

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
DELIGHTFUL BRENDA (right), with apprentice Hackeem Pottinger aboard, gets up in time to clip DILIGENT (Ameth Robles) by a head in last Saturday's eighth race at Caymanas Park. The winner went off at odds of 8-1.
Jockey Omar Walker in the winners' enclosure after he rode the Wayne DaCosta-trained SEEKING MY DREAM to victory in last Saturday's Prime Minister's Stakes feature.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Derrick Smith (left), gets congratulations from Minister of Finance Audley Shaw after his horse SEEKING MY DREAM won the Prime Minister's Stakes at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Shaw later presented the winning trophy to Smith.

TOMORROW'S 12-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a Pick-9 carryover of $1.8 million, which could ensure a payout of $3 million.

Both Super-6s start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000, the first embracing races one to six, the late Super-6 from race seven to 12.

We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over 1100 metres (non-winners of two) to be contested by nine starters, including leading lights MAMETA, FREE RANGE, VIJEETA, and ICE ICE BABY, who won by four lengths over 1200 metres in maiden company on July 28 and can win again with only 49.0kg and in-form apprentice Jerome Innis in the saddle.

It will more than likely come down to the grey ICE ICE BABY from the stables of trainer Dwight Chen and the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes-trained MAMETA, with Orlando Foster aboard. MAMETA was highly fancied to beat VICIOUS LOOK over the straight last Saturday but wasn't the best drawn and had to settle for third, beaten 2-1/2 lengths. Weeks earlier, the Storm Craft filly ran her heart out when finishing a close second to ELVIRA over the straight on a $250,000 claiming tag and is preferred to ICE ICE BABY on that basis.

Nunes should also win the second race over 1200 metres (claiming $250,000 - $210,000) with his improving 3-y-o colt COPPERFIELD, who is coming off a good win over CHEERS at 1300-metres on July 28.




Both renew rivalry in a field of eight, and these two, along with proven campaigner ST BERNARD, should control the tempo, with the younger horse, COPPERFIELD, getting the nod, with top apprentice Linton Steadman retaining the ride.

The third race for the Reggae Trophy grade one feature over the straight should resolve itself into a straight fight between the very fit BUZZ NIGHTMARE, with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and stable-companion CAMPESINO, the mount of Oneil Mullings.

The speedy BUZZ NIGHTMARE bids for his fourth consecutive win, and being a specialist over the course, will have to be caught in this small field of six. CAMPESINO, however, is so genuine and consistent against the best horses in the country that he could prove hard to beat. Both horses have been working very well together at exercise in preparation for the race and on nearly all occasions, have been heads on in each workout.

SONG ON TRACK, who carries a mere 50.0kg for the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger in the fourth race over the straight for maiden, should prove had to beat despite the presence of the lightly raced VENUSINBLUEJEANS from the Nunes stables and the speedy I'MNOTFINE, both of whom should ensure keen competition.

The last two races should be won by DIFERENTGENERATION, with in-form apprentice Bebeto Harvey, and down in class UNCLE G, now taking orders (claimed on last) from champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and leading jockey Omar Walker taking the ride.