Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Tomorrow's well-supported 11-race programme commences at noon with the first of the two Super-6s, followed by the second from race six to 11. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11.
For a change, we look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1600 metres to be contested by seven starters.
Despite the small field, the race should provide keen competition among the quartet of GHOST RAPPER with former champion and favourite rider Omar Walker aboard, SHYANA with rookie apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard, LIKKLE BIT under Richard Mitchell, and the one I like best, THE VALIDICTORIAN with champion jockey Dick Cardenas aboard.
Running for the first time from the Gary Subratie stable last Saturday, THE VALIDICTORIAN caught the eye when closing late to finish 13/4 lengths fourth to REMEMBER ME over 1400 metres. She was then ridden by new apprentice Marc Griffiths who makes way for the experienced Cardenas. Given the additional furlong, THE VALIDICTORIAN should get up in time to catch the free-running GHOST RAPPER from the Ian Parsard stable.
Race number two over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds should see Cardenas and Subratie completing a quick double with the lightly raced LUMINOUS TRIESTE, who has the best form to recommend.
The 4-y-o chestnut filly has figured prominently in both starts to date, chasing home MISS BOSS ALI over 1200 metres on her August 6 debut. She has been kept on the move at exercise and, with little to beat this time around, should make no mistake.
The third race over 1600 metres for maiden three-year-olds should resolve itself into a straight fight between SPECIAL REPORT and CONFLICTOFINTEREST, both knocking at the door.
The Carl Anderson-trained SPECIAL REPORT is given the edge on the strength of her short head second to STOP A GAP over 1400 metres on September 8. She will love the additional furlong and should beat CONFLICTOFINTEREST, who dissipated her chances last Saturday when walking out of the starting gate over 1300 metres. In the circumstances, she did well to finish 13/4 lengths third to STEPPING RAZOR, but I doubt she can upstage SPECIAL REPORT under leading jockey Dane Nelson at a mile.
BEYONCE, who has shown a liking for the straight, gets the nod over MARQUE TREASURE and SKIPAWAY PRINCE in the fourth race over the course for $180,000 claimers.
Trained by Lawrence Freemantle, the 4-y-o filly caught the eye when finishing a close fourth to FOREVER MINE over the course on August 28 and now back under new management, BEYONCE (Arthur Budhu up) should win this for his shrewd conditioner in a field of 12.
Gary Subratie's talented American filly NOON IT IS (Walker up), now dropped in class after chasing home Horse of the Year SAINT CECELIA in the recent She's On Wheels Trophy, looks hard to oppose in the fifth (open allowance) over the straight, a race in which her own stable-companion AWESOME CAMILLE looks her biggest danger in a bid for the four-timer. And down-in-class REDS THOMAS, with Shane Ellis up, should lead home STEFFI and TIME OF STORM in the sixth over the straight.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) THE VALIDICTORIAN/GHOST RAPPER
(2) LUMINOUS TRIESTE
(3) SPECIAL REPORT/CONFLICTOFINTEREST
(4) BEYONCE/MARQUE TREASURE
(5) NOON IT IS
(6) REDS THOMAS/STEFFI