No stopping Superluminal
With as many as eight favourites having obliged at Caymanas Park last Saturday, there are no carryovers involving the Pick-9 and Super-6s on the well-supported 11-race programme.
Feature event is the inaugural running of the $1 million Front Runner Dash maiden special for native bred two-year-olds, sponsored by Newport Mills Limited, with seven declared, including four newcomers. This race was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 13, but had to be postponed because the raceday was cancelled due to industrial action at the park.
The Pick-9 with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million will be conducted from race three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11.
We look at the first Super-6 to be contested by $350,000 - $300,000 claiming horses over 1300 metres. The field but on past performances it will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG GEORGE with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger riding for trainer Rowan Mathie and the three-year-old colt MACALLAN (Bebeto Harvey up), now thrown in for a tag after running poorly in his last two races.
The Richard Azan-trained MACALLAN not only fits in well among this group of horses, but is fitter than he was when unplaced behind the recent winners EL GRAN SENOR and LITTLE BIG HORN. Despite his good claims, preference is for the speedy BIG GEORGE, who just failed to stave off SANTANA over 1200 metres on August 6, but had won easily over 1100 metres as the 1-2 favourite on June 4. Back in action with a mere 51.0 kg by virtue of the apprentice claim, BIG GEORGE is given the edge.
JAGRETEE, who has been knocking at the door of late, gets a glorious opportunity to release her maiden certificate in the second race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up. Trained by Jonny Wilmot, the 4-y-o filly ran on well to finish a length second to SONG ON TRACK over 1200 metres on August 20. And prior to that she chased home MR GRAND NATIONAL over 1500 metres. Having beaten most of the fancied runners in the eight-horse field, including the speedy IDON'TKNOW, LITTLE PRINCE and VENUSINBLUEJEANS, JAGRETEE with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker aboard, is tipped to go one better.
SUPERLUMINAL, who scored a 35-1 upset over the derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM in the Jamaica St. Leger in July of last year, looks a cinch for the third race over 1400 metres for high claimers ($550,000 - $500,0000.
SUPERLUMINAL, who runs without a claiming tag, has finished second in his two most recent races, the more recent on August 1 when chasing home HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the Emancipation Day Trophy over 1300 metres behind a fast time and now reunited with his St. Leger winning jockey Paul 'Country' Francis, the 4-y-o colt who now takes orders from trainer Ian Parsard following the recent passing of his father Harry, should lead home STORMING.
The well-forward 3-y-o debutant JON MARSHALL, to be ridden by Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, should make a winning debut in the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds, a race in which the improving KANALOA, under champion jockey Shane Ellis, looks the principal danger after finishing second to ADIOS AMIGOS last Saturday. JON MARSHALL is a nice chestnut colt by War Marshall out of Lady Hyderabad.
The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the consistent DILIGENT with former champion Wesley Henry aboard and EAZY STEPPING, now pretty light with apprentice Dane Dawkins. Their respective dangers are REASSURANCE and KABRINA, who has finished second in her last two races.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) BIG GEORGE/MACALLAN
(2) JAGRETREE/ I'DONTKNOW
(4) JON MARSHALL/ KANALOA
(6) EAZY STEPPING/KABRINA