Star Flyer looks a safe banker
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With three big outsiders connecting, the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
Despite the upsets, both Super-6s were caught, the first going to one lucky punter who walked away with a whopping $1.1 million.
The Pick-9, which still has $1 million in the kitty, will be conducted on races two to 10, the first Super-6 from one to six and the overlapping Super-6 from five to 10.
On this the 17th annual Hall of Fame raceday, we look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with 1500-metre race for native and imported three-year-olds in which the 1000 Guineas and Lotto Classic runner-up STAR FLYER, who carries a mere 51.0kg in a small field of seven.
STAR FLYER, with champion jockey Dick Cardenas riding for trainer Anthony Nunes, has elected to bypass the June 9 Derby over 2400 metres, but will love the distance of tomorrow's race, and with little to beat, this classy filly should win quite easily.
TIGRENIAN, who has shown good speed in his races, gets the nod over the lightly raced FLUTIST and VANA PROSPECT in the sixth race for the Leslie McRae Memorial Trophy (Div.II) over 1100 metres in which 11 have been declared.
Trained by George Moo-Young, TIGRENIAN finished a good second to VERIFY over the round-five course, a race in which she was caught in the last 100 metres.
The Twilight Time filly has been fitted with the tongue tie for this race and should successfully chase the speedy VANA PROSPECT (a stopper) before taking control in mid-stretch. She should stave off the Philip Feanny-trained colt FLUTIST, who ran a bit green on his debut last Saturday when third to PRETTY EYES SANAA.
The consistent American filly LADY MACBETH (Paul Francis up) should rebound when she takes on six opponents in the seventh race for the Reynold 'Ren' Gonzalves Memorial Cup (overmight allowance) race over 2000 metres.
Trained by Gary Subratie, LADY MACBETH has already won over two turns on April 21 in restricted company, and following her third-place finish to out-of-class COMMANDING CHIEF in a fast-run 1400-metre race on May 19, should win from the late-kicking PRINCE ROHAN.
Having failed by a length to catch out-of-class AWESOME MARQUE over 1500 metres on May 9, LIKKLE BIT should go one better in the eighth race, again over 1500 metres, in which 11 have been declared. Old rivals ERGASIA, a bold front-runner, MOJITO JAM and especially GHOST RAPPER should ensure worthwhile opposition for LIKKLE BIT in a field of 11.
Then, take the aforementioned COMMANDING CHIEF (Francis up) to defy topweight of 57.0kg in the 17th running of the Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy open allowance feature over 1200 metres, a race in which JET SETTER and the American filly SARAH BARRACUDA should provide stiff competition in a field of nine. And close all bets with the recent winner FOREVER MINE ahead of SOCA PARTY and POCKET ACE in the closing race (claiming $250,000-$220,000) over 1100 metres.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES