Stay on Latin King
Despite a 56-1 upset by RHOSA KLEBB in the ninth race at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6 start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively.
The Pick-9 encompasses races three to 11, the Super-6 from six to 11. As usual, we look at the Super-6 which gets under way with race No. 2 in the CTL Claiming series ($250,000-$200,000) over 1600 metres to be contested by 11 starters.
Included in the line-up are hat-trick seeker LATIN KING and the down-in-class trio of PEACE BY PEACE, MR BUTCHER and MISS ROSE. The winner is almost sure to come from this quartet, but LATIN KING represents the form horse of the field, and although stepping up in class after his good win over this trip on February 17, looks the right choice with only 51.0kg and in-form claiming apprentice Aaron Chatrie aboard. MR BUTCHER should follow him home.
MINERVA, having worked really well under the watchful eyes of trainer Anthony Nunes, gets the nod over LIL' TIGER and the speedy DIXIE CHICK in the seventh race over the straight-five course, in which 14 have been declared.
MINERVA, who last won over the course on November 7, galloped out of the straight in 1:00.3 at exercise on February 13, the last four in 47.2. She looks well treated with only 52.5kg and will prove hard to beat.
ALLIEDFORCE, having finished a close fourth to RUM TALK in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup grade race last Boxing Day, looks hard to oppose when he steps down to overnight company for the eighth race over 1820 metres. STAR OF THE SEA, who gets the ideal trip on this occasion, looks his only danger in the 12-strong field.
The well-forward three-year-old debutante, THE KING AND I, from the Wayne DaCosta camp, is preferred to the consistent SUPER CENTER (knocking at the door) in the ninth race for maiden and untried three-year-olds over the straight, in which the maximum 16 has been declared.
The progressive 4-y-o gelding PRINCE OF PEACE (working well) looks too light (48.0kg) to be beaten in the 10th race for the Legal Light Trophy (feature) over 1820 metres in which six top-class horses have been declared. AD INFINITUM (working exceptionally well) looks the main danger.
In the closing race for bottom-of-the-barrel claimers, THUNDER STORM looks best of a bad lot in a 16-horse field, where PRINCESS LATOYA could prove the biggest danger.
(6) LATIN KING/MR BUTCHER/ PEACE BY PEACE
(7) MINERVA/LIL' TIGER
(9) THE KING AND I/SUPER CENTER
(10) PRINCE OF PEACE/AD INFINITUM
(11) THUNDERSTORM/ PRINCESS LATOYA
- Orville Clarke