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Valley Of Queens a firm banker

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 9:00 AMOrville Clarke
Apprentice Dane Dawkins will ride VALLEY OF QUEENS.
Jockey Omar Walker removes his riding gear after winning the Front Runner Sprint aboard SHE'S A MANEATER at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Gladstone Taylor Photographer
Jockey Shane Ellis rides ETERNAL JOY to victory in last Saturday's eighth race over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park.
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Tomorrow's well-supported 11-race programme at Caymanas Park offers no Pick-9 or Super-6 carry overs, but with the races having a competitive look about them, punters should be on guard for upsets.

The Pick-9, with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, will embrace races three to 11, the Sunrise Super-6 from race one to six, and the Twilight Super-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a restricted allowance race over 1820 metres (non-winners of three) to be contested by seven four-year-olds and up.

They include super fit SWEET DIMENSION and sparingly raced TURBO MACHINE CAT. It should be a straight fight between the two.

SWEET DIMENSION just failed to stave off STIR IT UP over a mile last Saturday and, all in all, she has been a model of consistency. With only 52.0kg, the 4-y-o daughter of War Marshall - Brown Sugar should bring race fitness into play and stave off TURBO MACHINE CAT, who is out for the first time since finishing 17 lengths' sixth to MR AMBASSADOR over 1500 metres when last raced on June 30 in better company.

Next on the programme is a two-year-old maiden special over the round-five course for the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup in which eight fillies have been declared. .

LOOKING SHARP

The field includes four debutants, the most forward of whom is DON'T BLUSH BABE, a bay filly by Twilight Time out of Hishi Blossom, to be ridden by apprentice Anthony Thomas for veteran trainer Norman Palmer.

She, along with fellow newcomer LAWS OF THE CODE (also working well) and the Gary Subratie-trained VICE ROYALTY, who chased home the highly thought of ARMAGEDDON on her recent debut over 1100 metres, should decide the outcome. Having looked sharp at exercise recently, galloping three furlongs in 35.0, DON'T BLUSH BABE is tipped to make all in this quick sprint.

VALLEY OF QUEENS caught the eye when running on to finish 1 3/4 fourth to KING WITHIN over 1100 metres on September 24 and should provide the in-form claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins with yet another winner in his quest for champion apprentice. The eight-horse field is nothing much, and the Robert Darby Sr-trained VALLEY OF QUEENS should lead home WICKED TUFF and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS.

A CUT ABOVE

The fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers looks tailored for the down-in-class COPPERFIELD , who beat CHEERS by a length over 1300 metres on July 20, but finished lame in his subsequent race behind CRUISING MOTION some weeks ago. The three-year-old son of Fearless Vision - Pik A Trix looks a cut above $180,000 claiming and should account for BARS OF GOLD and CLEARLY OURS in a bid for his third career win. COPPERFIELD will again be ridden by star apprentice Linton Steadman for topline trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, who saddled ACADEMY AWARD to win the Trinidad derby last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park.

PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the country's top stayer, should win the fifth race, the grade one Governor General's Stakes over 2000 metres for the third straight year ahead of the 2015 Superstakes winner FRANFIELD and the 2015 St. Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL. Then close all bets with back-to-form JUNIOR DON with apprentice Bebeto Harvey in the sixth race over a mile.

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

(1) SWEET DIMENSION/

TURBO MACHINE CAT

(2) DON'T BLUSH BABA/VICE ROYALTY

(3) VALLEY OF QUEENS

940 COPPERFIELD/

BARS OF GOLD

(5) PERFECT NEIGHBOUR

(6) JUNIOR DON/

JESSIE JAMES