Orville Clarke, Freelance Writer
SEATTLE'S GIRL (Trevor Simpson) is eased down in the closing stages of the circular nine feature for the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
The Pick-9 offers a carryover of $1 million at Caymanas Park tomorrow, thanks to a 12-1 upset by ROYAL ENCOUNTER in the fifth race over 1200 metres.
Ridden by veteran jockey David 'Scorcher' McKenzie, the eight-year-old mare produced a rare turn of foot in the last furlong to overhaul the front running favourite RISING MOON in the closing stages.
A total of 33 punters with eight of nine winners won $5,000 consolation prizes in the Pick-9. The Super-6, meanwhile, was caught by 12 punters, each receiving $73,497.50. We look at the Super-6 on the 11-race programme, this embraces races six to 11.
It gets underway with a restricted allowance V race (non winners of two) over the straight five course in which CELEBRATION TIME gets a glorious opportunity to score an overdue win.
Trained by Gary Subratie, the sparingly raced four-year-old colt ran a much better race when chasing home PRINCESSJACQUELINE over 1200 metres recently and coming back well drawn on the stands' side, should win from IKAS, BREAKING NEWS and UGOTTABELIEVE in a field of 11.
CORDITE, who held off the fast-finishing ALLEGRO by a length over 1400 metres last Saturday, is tipped to repeat over a similar trip in the Reca Trophy (claiming $290,000 - $260,000).
True, ALLEGRO now enjoys a substantial swing in the scales, but CORDITE now has the services of champion jockey Brian Harding, replacing the inexeperienced apprentice Rayan Wilson.
The free-running AITCHEMESBEAGLE faces his easier task in recent months and should make no mistake in the eighth race over 1400 metres for three-year-olds (non winners of two).
AITCHMESBEAGLE has come down nicely in the weights with 51.0kg by virtue of apprentice Omar Walker's 4.0kg claiming allowance and following the gelding's good second to OLE KING COLE recently, should go one better at the expense of CHIEF COUNCELLOR, GOLDEN LOUISE and JCD SLEW.
DOUBLE DIAMOND, who was all the rage when beaten into third place by MISS PAIGE over 1200m last Saturday, is a lot better for that pipeopener and should recoup losses in the ninth over the straight for maiden three-year-olds, a race in which the well advanced debutante, YOSHI, looks the obvious danger.
The last two races should be won by the fleet-footed DOUBLE BOW and the Percy Hussey-trained EASTERN LIGHT. Their respective dangers are KYSHA BABY in the 10th for overnight allowance horses and RED I in the 11th over the straight course.
(6) CELEBRATION TIME/IKAS/BREAKING NEWS
(8) AITCHEMESBEAGLE/CHIEF COUNCILLOR/JCD SLEW
(9) DOUBLE DIAMOND/YOSHI
(10) DOUBLE BOW
(11) EASTERN LIGHT/RED I/TUTOR