Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Despite four popular winners in EL PODEROSO, COMMANDING CHIEF, SI PUEDO and BROTHER TO BROTHER having obliged last Saturday, the $4.6 million Pick-9 was cornered by only two lucky punters.
Each received a cool $2.35 million on a day when more punters were expected to share the booty.
As a result, the Pick-9 starts anew on tomorrow's well-supported 12-race programme with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million. The first Super-6 will embrace the first six races, and the second, from race seven to 12. It offers the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. Post time is noon.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way in the seventh, a $550,000-$500,000 claiming race over 1400 metres to be contested by eight starters, including the back-to-formMINISTEROFJUSTICE, who was a runaway winner over the distance on August 15.
His eight-length win over LIKKLE BIT was achieved on a $450,000 claiming tag, and although stepping up in class for this race, a fit MINISTEROFJUSTICE under in-form Richie Mitchell could be even better than this level. The seven-year-old son of Royal Minister is tipped to repeat at the expense of consistent REMEMBER ME and AWESOME MARQUE.
MAYBE I SAY SO, having secured a good draw at post 10 under leading rider Dane Nelson, gets the nod over RHINESTONE COWBOY, GEYSER SPRING and the improving BURNING MEDIC in the eighth race (non-winners of three) over 1000 metres (round).
Next is Division II of the 3-y-o maiden condition race over 1300 metres for the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup to be contested by 14 starters.
In a rather dicey affair in which multiple choices should be used, the horses to note are J.T. EXPRESS, IT'S A GIFT, WITHOUT A TRACE, GOLD TOP, PRETTY TING and SLAM EAGLE, who finished 21/2 lengths fifth (closing) to MARCI THE BUTCHER over 1200 metres on August 4.
SLAM EAGLE (Rayan Wilson up) will love the distance and could at last open open her account. but preference is for J.T. EXPRESS, who caught the eye when finishing 11/2 second to UNBRIDLED SUCCESS over the distance on August 25.
Race 10 over the straight for $350,000-$300,000 claiming horses looks tailored for the down-in-class EMERGENCE (Arthur Budhu up) who looks nicely off at the weights with only 53.0kg. EMERGENCE also enjoys galloping over the straight-five course, and having chased home out-of-class PAPPA D over the straight on August 6, should prove too good for another down-in-class campaigner, DESIGN STAR.
THE GUV, now dropped to overnight allowance company from grade one with Shane Ellis up, looks hard to oppose in the 10th race over 1200 metres in which 11 starters have been declared.
The grey gelding from the stables of Spencer Chung has most to fear from the progressive native-bred 4-y-o filly SWEET TRAIL (Winston Griffiths up), who was only beaten by COMMANDING CHIEF over this trip last time out on June 2.
The closing Track Price Plus 'Dig Out Handicap' over 1500 metres looks a knotty affair among the 15 starters, but I fancy the lightly raced 3-y-o filly MY FRIEND LUCY under champion jockey Dick Cardenas to stave off AWESOME SENSATION and PERSIAN GOLD.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(7) MINISTEROFJUSTICE/REMEMBER ME
(8) MAYBE I SAY SO/RHINESTONE COWBOY
(9) J.T. EXPRESS/SLAM EAGLE
(10) EMERGENCE/DESIGN STAR
(11) THE GUV
(12) MY FRIEND LUCY/AWESOME SENSATION