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Do not oppose Fearless Samurai

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 2:00 AMOrville Clarke
FEARLESS SAMURAI with Omar Walker aboard.
RADICAL (Omar Walker) scoring a runaway win in last Saturday's third race at Caymanas Park.
PARTY CITY (Jason Simpson) cruising to an easy win in last Saturday's fourth race at Caymanas Park.
LOTTERY TICKET (right), with Omar Walker aboard, finishing ahead of ZEPHYR (O. White) to win the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy race at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
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With eight favourites having obliged last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught by scores of punters and all start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

The Pick 9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from six to 11.

We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a three-year-old and up restricted stakes to be contested by seven starters, including hat-trick seeker FEARLESS SAMURAI and recent winner BIRD CATCHER. With 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta ensuring that the race will go through by saddling all of four starters, it will take a brave punter to oppose his impressive 3-y-o colt, FEARLESS SAMURAI, with champion jockey Omar Walker again in the saddle.

A winner of his last two races, FEARLESS SAMURAI looked a live classic contender on January 25 when strolling home by 81/2 lengths from LADY FAYE over 1500 metres. And before that, on October 17, he easily accounted for HENRY THE SECOND and subsequent champion, 2-y-o SOTOMAYOR, over 1400 metres, The son of Fearless Vision, Sayur, obviously has a touch of class and, having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home BIRD CATCHER, a narrow winner from over 1400 metres on February.4

Trainer Fitzroy Glispie, who conditions BIRD CATCHER, should have better luck with highly-fancied FRANCIA'S PRIDE in the second race over 1820 metres. The 4-y-o filly finished a length third to DANCING QUEEN and ANOTHER FURY over a mile on February 8, but the result would have been different had she not suffered interference from stable-companion, ANOTHER FURY, entering the straight.

 

RUNNING CONSISTENTLY

 

FRANCIA'S PRIDE will report in good nick, and despite the strong claims of the Anthony Nunes-trained COUNTER ATTACK, she should make amends in a field of seven.

TWO STEPS UP, who has been running consistently well, looks the one to beat in the third race 1100 metres for $250,000 - $210,000 claiming horses. She finished a close third to DIFERENTGENERATION and FIERY PATH over this trip in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup on February 8, and now dropped in class, should make no mistake in a field of nine.

SHE'S A LEGACY, the mount of three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, should be good enough to win the fourth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds, following her close second to BILINGUAL over 1100 metres last November. That represents better form than most and although she can expect stiff competition from lightly-raced ZI BEAST and first time runners PAINTTHISTOWNRED and RAGE OF ANGELS, SHE'S A LEGACY is given the edge in a field of 11.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by JESSIE JAMES and BALLON D'OR, with top apprentices Bebeto Harvey and Linton Steadman aboard. Their respective dangers are recent winner NATASHADONTPLAY and Nelson's mount, LAZZA, a recent course winner.

 

FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES

 

(1) FEARLESS SAMURAI

(2) FRANCIA'S PRIDE/

COUNTER ATTACK

(4) TWO STEPS UP/

ABOGADO

(5) SHE'S A LEGACY/

ZI BEAST

(5) JESSIE JAMES/

NATASHADONTPLAY

(6) BALLON D'OR/

LAZZA