Fri | Jan 19, 2018

Start with fit Bimini

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
SHE'S PLUMMY (right, Anthony Thomas) holding on by a neck from the fast-finishing XQUISITE CHOICE (Andree Powell) to win last Saturday's seventh race.
TRADITIONAL STORM (right), with Andre Powell in the saddle, pulling off a 29-1 upset win in last Saturday’s ninth race for the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy. MIND SET (left), ridden by Hakeen Pottinger, was second at 89-1.

With horses such as TRADITIONAL STORM (29-1) and CLASSY AVIATOR (7-1) scoring notable upsets in the fifth and ninth races at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow's programme stands at $1.7 million.

Both Super-6s, however, start anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11 on tomorrow's card, 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, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres, to be contested by seven starters, including the very fit BIMINI.

Trained by Patrick Smellie for owner-breeder Don Wehby, the five-year-old chestnut mare ran a big race in defeat on New Year's Day when finishing 11/4 lengths second to DR BANNER over this trip in a fast-run race (1:06.3) and with her main rivals JESSIE'S FAVOURITE, a recent winner, and RAISING THE BAR, both speedy types, not as impressive, the Seeking The Glory offspring looks the right choice with Paul 'Country' Francis aboard.

She last won over the round five course on July 31 last year, and in light of the recent run, could be used as a banker.

Next on the programme is a $350,000 - $300,000 claiming race over the round-five course and on the strength of his recent runaway win over the straight, FRANKENSTORM looks all set to repeat.

True, he is steeping up in class for this race, moving from claiming $250,000 to $350,000, but he won by all of 6-1/2 lengths in a fairly good time and over this snappy trip, should provide in-form jockey Jevanne Erwin with another winner in this new season. DIFERENTGENERATION and ARGUMENT DONE are twin dangers in the eight-horse field.

Race number three over 1200 metres, this for $250,000- $210,000 claiming horses, looks tailored for the consistent CHEERS, who lost out in a tight photo finish to LEGENDARY PLEASURE recently. Veteran trainer Robert Darby Sr, who claimed him from his previous trainer on December 10, will have another try with the 6-y-o mare and with the trip more to her liking and champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey up.

The fourth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1300 metres should be won by SMASH AMUSEMENT, who has been knocking at the door. The 4-y-o filly, who will be ridden by Aaron Chatrie for trainer Andrew McDonald, finished 5-3/4 lengths third to hot favourite CORALANDO over the distance on December 31 and even with BUCKALUCK also running creditably for third to KIMALI STAR in division two of the same race, SMASH AMUSEMENT, who finished behind a faster time, is given the edge.




Race number five, the Eight Thirty Sprint (Division One) for maiden three-year-old fillies over the straight, will see 11 facing the starters, including five debutants. They include EARTH ANGEL and PAPER CHASER, both of whom have looked well forward at exercise, along with BLUE TRADITION and DELPHINIUM, both having disappointed on their recent debuts.

It should prove highly competitive among the quartet, but BLUE TRADITION (Linton Steadman up), a bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Sense Of Tradition, did everything wrong (sis, ran wide) when finishing fourth as the howling favourite on her recent debut and with the tongue tie now fitted, is ready to rumble.

Then, take the consistent DEMOLITION BOY (Harvey up) to lead home PARTY CITY and GIRSHOM in the sixth race over 1500 metres to be contested by 13 starters.