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Start with very fit Laws of the Code

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Leading rider Omar Walker in the winners' enclosure after capturing the Chairman's Trophy aboard SEEKING MY DREAM at Caymanas Park last Saturday.
Javaniel Patterson ... will ride LAWS OF THE CODE.

With fancied horses such as SEEKING MY DREAM, CRAFTY STAR and smart newcomer TWILIGHT DREAMS dominating last Saturday's meet at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow's 11-race programme with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

On a day when the three-old fillies and colts will undergo their final Guineas prep races in the Thornbird Stakes and Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres, the Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 3-y-o maiden race over 1200 metres to be contested by 11 starters, including the likely favourite, LAWS OF THE CODE, who has been narrowly beaten in her last two races. Owned and trained by Carl Anderson who is enjoying tremendous form this season, LAWS OF THE CODE obviously has less to do in present company judging from her close

second to ROGAMMA on March 4 and also to LIGHTNING LILY behind a fast time (1:06.4) over 1100 metres on February 25.

Coming back with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of the apprentice Javaneil Patterson 2.0kg claim, should lead home RAKSHA with former champion Wesley Henry aboard.

Twelve maiden five-year-olds have been declared for the second race over 1300 metres and while at first glance it has a difficult look about it, on closer examination the winner should come from a trio comprising MR COOKIE (Henry up), BRAVE HEART (Linton Steadman) and MOUNT ZION KING (Odean Edwards). All three figured prominently last time out, MOUNT ZION KING failing by 3/4 lengths to beat WISE JOHNNY over the straight on March 1.

BRAVE HEART, on the other hand, beat all barring KHOSHAKEL over 1100 metres on February 11, while MR COOKIE ran well against four-year-olds (behind SMASH AMUSEMENT) over 1400 metres on February 13 and could well start favourite given Henry's presence. Preference is for the Colin Ferguson-trained MOUNT ZION KING, but only just from MR. COOKIE from the Terence McWhinney stable.

They all have the consistent ZEPHYR, with competent apprentice Jerome Innis aboard, to beat in the third race over the straight. The four-year-old chestnut filly was 21/4 lengths third to LORD EQUUS and LITTLE BIG HORN over 1300 metres recently and prior to that went down fighting by half a length to LOTTERY TICKET and again to LIKE A LADY in fast run 1100-metre races.




ZEPHYR enjoys a 5.0kg swing with old rival LITTLE BIG HORN and even with in-form champion jockey Omar Walker now taking the ride aboard the latter, the Wayne Parchment-rained ZEPHYR is given the edge in a nine-strong field.

BIG BLACK NATION, the mount of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, has not been running badly for trainer Fitzroy Glipsie this season and could provide the answer to the knotty looking fourth race over a mile in which 13 have been declared. Horses such as BOUNCE, WARTIME, PIANO MAN, HEY CHAMP, KAMALI STAR and JON MARSHALL will all have their supporters in a race of this nature, but BIG BLACK NATION could prove best of all from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the well- forward firrst time runner TIZ A VIBE (working well for trainer Anthony Nunes, Steadman up) and down in class RALLY BABY under champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan in the sixth race over the straight.