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Hop on Harry's Train

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMElton Tucker/ Assistant Editor - Sports
Female apprentice Mellisa Ward walks to the scale after winning Wednesday's Mark My Word feature aboard MARVELLOUS MARVA.
HOLOGRAM SHADOW (right), with Anthony Thomas aboard, wins the fifth race over a distance of 1300 metres at Caymanas Park on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23.
Anthony Thomas ... will ride HARRY'S TRAIN

Tomorrow's Sunrise-6 starts at Race Two on the Lotto Classic race day, and punters should get a flying start with the super-fit LIKE A LADY.

Eight horses will face the starter in the 1100 metres event for $450,000 claimers, and LIKE A LADY will go to the post an odds, on favourite after a hat-trick of wins at this level over the past two months. The third win was completed on May 9. LIKE A LADY tracked early leader Runjohnnyrun before making a decisive move in the last 100 metres of a 1000 metres round event. The Phillip Elliott-trained five-year-old mare is still very competitive at the weights, and it will take a brave punter to oppose her at this level and over this distance.

Race Three is confined to three-year-old maidens who have not finished in the top four of any event. With all 10 showing poor form, current fitness will be important. The nod, therefore, goes to the Michael Marlowe-trained DREAMINGOFANNA. The three-year-old filly is back after showing good early speed on February 14 in a 1000 metres round race won by Yaya's Dream. She, however, finished seventh by 12 lengths, and they will travel 300 metres longer tomorrow. DREAMINGOFANNA has trained well coming into this event and with nothing of the calibre of Yaya's Dream around should be able to take a big lead early and cruise home in the straight.

Recent winner TRADITION is light, but the fourth event will be a match race between the United States-bred pair of HARRY'S TRAIN, and HILLY'S HALO. The weights favour HARRY'S TRAIN, and he is my firm selection. He comes in four pounds lighter than the 119lbs he carried when just over four lengths behind the crack three-year-old Lightning McQueen on April 21. He has trained extremely well since that run, and with the ease in the handicaps, will be looking to go all the way in this 1200 metres race.

WOODHOUSE from the stables of Richard Azan looks the winner on paper in the fifth race, but his drop to $250,000 claiming suggests that all is not well with the three-year-old gelding who, just 25 days ago, defeated recent winner Capturemyship at exercise clocking 46.1x1:00.4. Then on May 5, he was declared a late non-starter after turning up lame.

PIZARRO looks a more reliable selection. On March 17, he whipped the $350,000 claiming group, and now back this should be good enough to pull off an easy win.

SLY STALLOON has worked well and is tipped for the sixth,, while Race Seven should go to the out-of-class BIG BLACK NATION.