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Distance is right for Above The Radar

Published:Friday | September 23, 2016 | 9:26 AMOrville Clarke
ABOVE THE RADAR (Aaron Chatrie) winning on Saturday, June 4.
Jockey Rujay Lahoe celebrates while pilotting BOUNCE to victory in last Saturday’s fourth race over 1000 metres straight at Caymanas Park. The Borris McIntosh-trained winner won at 12-1.
DREAMLINER, with Omar Walker aboard, powering to victory in the Nasatol Trophy race at Caymanas Park last Saturday. CLASSY AVIATOR (centre), with jockey Aaron Chatrie onboard, was third. The winner is owned by Von White and trained by Wayne DaCosta.
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WITH FIVE-STAR bankers such as SUPERLUMINAL and DREAMLINER having obliged at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught and start anew tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

The first Super-6 will embrace race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11 on the well-supported programme, and the Pick-9 from race three to 11.

We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for four-year-olds and up (non winners of three) to be contested by eight starters, including JESSE’S FAVORITE and VIJEETA, second and third, respectively, to ARIZONAGOLD in a fast-run 1200-metre race recently.

The then favourite, VIJEETA, who had won her previous race in fine style some weeks ago, hurt her chances by missing the break as JESSE’S FAVORITE enjoyed a clear lead into the straight before giving way to ARIZONAGOLD.

VIJEETA finished 51/2 lengths third and although the speedy JESSE’S FAVORITE will be more effective over this shorter trip, the War Marshall - Winning Spirit offspring, with promising claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger riding for trainer Oneil Markland, should turn the tables from a clear break as she strikes me as the better horse.

The second race, again over 1100 metres, should see the quartet of MAN IN BLUE, MAMETA, KING WITHIN, and and the sparingly raced VESPERS in contention where it matters. The best of the eight starters must be MAN IN BLUE, a disappointing favourite when finishing fourth to DASH BOARD recently, but had previously finished third to VIJEETA over 1200 metres on August 28. Champion jockey Shane Ellis will ride the four-year-old colt for trainer Andrew McDonald in an eight-horse field.

EIGHT HORSES CONTESTING

Eight horses will again contest the third race for $250,000- $210,000 claimers over 1820 metres, and here, the choice has to be the profound course specialist, ABOVE THE RADAR, to be ridden by his favourite jockey Aaron Chatrie.

ABOVE THE RADAR won back-to-back races over the distance in midsummer and reporting that much fitter after finishing third to out-of-class MEGATRON over 1500 metres recently, should prove too strong for CHIEF PROSPECT and Saturday’s scorer QUEEN OF THE TOWN with the trip now right.

Next on the programme is a three-year-old maiden special (conditional) over 1400 metres for horses who have not earned $120,000 since May 24.

Topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes holds a strong hand in the 14-strong field, with LEIGHTON REID (Ellis up) and JASON’S GOLD (apprentice Linton Steadman up) both working well in preparation for this race. Either could win a race of this nature, but my preference is for the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION (tongue tie off), who finished a close second to WONDER GIRL over 1300 metres as a 99-1 outsider some months ago. Griffiths has called up Chatrie for the ride and the hint should be taken.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DUSSELDORF (Pottinger up, distance now ideal) and the Michael Marlowe-trained LEEKOUT (ready now) with Ellis riding in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(1) VIJEETA/ JESSE’S FAVORITE

(2) MAN IN BLUE/VESPERS

(3) ABOVE THE RADAR

(4) CONCLUSION/LEIGHTON REID

(5) DUSSELDORF/FLYING MACHINE

(6) LEEKOUT