Bet on Grand Cabaret
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With MARK MY WORD providing a 16-1 upset in the 2000 Guineas at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday, the Pick-9 had no takers but the Super-6 was caught.
The Super-6 was shared by 10 punters, each receiving $190,000, but the Pick-9 continues with $1 million still in the kitty. This will embrace all nine races on tomorrow's card, while the Super-6 will be conducted from race four to nine.
The Super-6 kicks off with a 5-y-o and up maiden race over the straight five course to be contested by 12 starters.
In a race loaded with unreliable horses, MYSTERY MAN, who finished a good second to LUX over 1300 metres on March 20, returns on the convenient mark of 53.0kg and thus gets the nod over KAMEEL, who chased home GLOBAL MINISTER over the course on January 27 and should benefit from the stronger handling of Philip Clunis.
GRACE MARIE, who has beaten better in the not-too-distant past, steps down in class (claiming $450,000-$400,000) to contest the fifth race over 1500 metres, and with connections opting for champion jockey Omar Walker the hint should be taken.
The sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds should be won by the lightly raced but improving GRAND CABARET, based on her strong second to MOMENT OF HOPE over this trip on March 24.
Trained by Spencer Chung, the Image Maker filly returns pretty light with 50.0kg for the services of the competent 4.0kg claiming apprentice Jevvanne Irvin, and with only 50.0kg, should go one better at the expense of MY LADY, third to MOMENT OF TRUTH in the same race, and ASANTEWA.
SHEISAMAHARANEE, based on her strong second to out-of-class RIP CURRENT in a fast-run 1200-metre race on March 13, gets the nod over old rival ANTIOCH and RESTLESS MARQUE in the knotty-looking seventh race over 1200 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two).
Then, take the speedy FOREVER MINE, narrowly beaten by HAIL THE GENIUS over 1200 metres on March 24, to stave off the very fit American 4-y-o gelding NEW KINGSTON and BRASH & SASSY in the eighth race (open allowance) over the straight-five course. And the closing circular nine race for the Calvin O'Sullivan Memorial Cup (open allowance) looks tailored for the improving American 3-y-o filly FLUFFY, an impressive fast-time winner over 1400 metres on March 27. She should stave off the two-turn specialists GO MY ROBIN and PRIME MINISTER.
(4) MYSTERY MAN/KAMEEL
(5) GRACE MARIE/NATURAL DESIRE
(6) GRAND CABARET
(8) FOREVER MINE/NEW KINGSTON
(9) FLUFFY/GO MY ROBIN