She's The One to go all the way
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6 start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow as, despite mild upsets by VONALMIGHTY (5-1) and BUTCHER GAL (6-1) in the last two races, punters were not to be outdone.
The Pick-9 embraces races three to 11, the Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the Super-6 which gets under way with a straight-five race for $180,000 claimers, to be contested by 10 starters.
Included in the line-up are the recent course winner SHE'S THE ONE, now bidding for a hat-trick of wins over the distance; DA GLITTERMAN, who loves the straight and is also in good form, having finished second to CASH PAT over 1100 metres last Saturday; MUSTANG, a specialist over the course, and ITALQUEEN.
It will more than likely come down to DA GLITTERMAN, now back over the straight where he won back-to-back races in December of last year, and of course, SHE'S THE ONE.
Trained by Andrew McDonald, SHE'S THE ONE made all over the course in fast splits of 23.2, 47.0 when scoring by two lengths from POWER GLITZ on January 23, and returning only 1.0kg heavier, should not be caught.
Next on the programme is a 1400-metre race for maiden four-year-olds in which 11 have been declared. Among them are the two form horses - GREEN HORNET (Garfield Gordon up), who was beaten a short head by BUTCHER GAL over the straight on Wednesday, and the likely favourite EXPRESS TRAIN (Douglas Badaloo) who was 2
/2 lengths second to CIO MOTO over 1200 metres on February 3, a race in which MISS OLD HARBOUR was noted making late headway into fifth place, 6
/2 lengths away.
Now 4.0kg better off with EXPRESS TRAIN and going the additional furlong, I would not be the least surprised to see MISS OLD HARBOUR coming into her own. I envisage a close race among the trio of EXPRESS TRAIN, GREEN HORNET and MISS OLD HARBOUR (blinkers off). The latter, with in-form Dick Cardenas aboard, gets the nod over EXPRESS TRAIN.
The eighth race, the $1.1 million Hot Line Stakes over 1200 metres for native bred three-year-old fillies, looks tailored for EXCELLENCE, who was an impressive winner over 1500 metres some weeks ago.
The chestnut daughter of Traditional-Pleasant Company has been adminis-tered Lasix for the first time, and having trained nicely for this race, should lead home the other Traditional filly, WILD TRADITION, who was a good winner on her recent debut over 1100 metres.
The ninth race over 1100 metres should resolve itself into a straight fight between SKIPPING SUE and CASHLEY, while the impressive three-year-old gelding LIFEISJUSTFORLIVING, who made a smashing fast-time debut over the round-five course recently, looks a banker in the 10th race, the $1.1 million Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres for colts and geldings.
Then take the Percy Hussey-trained MISS ANGELINE (Lasix now applied) to atone for her recent debut in the closing race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. MERIT'S BRITE LITE (Lasix on) looks the principal danger, following her close fourth to HERA on her recent debut in the Eight Thirty Sprint.
(6) SHE'S THE ONE/DA GLITTERMAN
(7) MISS OLD HARBOUR/ EXPRESS TRAIN
(9) SKIPPING SUE/CASHLEY
(11) MISS ANGELINE/MERIT'S BRITE LIGHT