Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9 resumes tomorrow at Caymanas Park with the guaranteed minimum of $1 million after Wednesday's eight-race programme.
Both Super-6s were caught on Wednesday, despite a 25-1 upset by IT'S A GIFT in the third race.
Tomorrow's Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race five to 10. The Pick-9, meanwhile, will embrace races two to 10.
We look at the second Super-6 which commences in race five, this for three-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) over the straight five course, with 10 declared.
The Dale Murphy-trained PRESCRIPTION was such an easy winner over the course on August 15 that he looks the one to beat with only 50.0kg and Paul 'Country' Francis aboard.
The 3-y-o bay colt by Film Director and Mi Amor won by four lengths (eased) from SOCIAL BUTTERFLY in the smart time of 59.3, and having looked sharp at exercise since, galloping from the gates in 59.2 last Saturday morning, he gets the nod over the lightly raced American 3-y-o colt SMOOTH E, DI COBRE and SAFE PASSAGE.
GOOD RECENT FORM
Thirteen maiden three-year-olds will contest the sixth race over 1100 metres and from the look of things, punters could be severely taxed to find the winner as good recent form is practically non-existent.
For what it's worth, EUSEBIA under champion jockey Dick Cardenas, and THE REAL TRAIN, the mount of four-time champion Omar Walker, have both shown good speed in their races, and along with ABOVE THE RADAR and BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, should ensure a close contest.
EUSEBIA led for over 800 metres in division one of the Donald Tankoy Memorial Trophy won by STEPPING RAZOR over 1300 metres on September 15, and with little to beat and the blinkers now fitted, gets the nod over THE REAL TRAIN.
Having worked brilliantly for the seventh race over 1600 metres, the Ian Parsard-trained UPPA TUNE should turn the tables on recent conqueror KAL KAL and CLASSIC PRINCESS to be contested by 10 starters over 1600 metres.
Both UPPA TUNE and the Wayne DaCosta's American filly KAL KAL have impressed at exercise coming into this race, UPPA TUNE galloping 51/2 furlongs in an eye-popping 1:05.3 by 59.0 last Sunday and KAL KAL breezing seven furlongs in 1:29.2 a day earlier. Now back to a mile, UPPA TUNE should prevail.
BEST OF THE LOT
A & S EXPRESS looks best of a bad lot in the eighth race over 1200 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up confined to apprentices (no whips). A & S EXPRESS will have the services of the promising apprentice Renardo McNaughton and the combination should be good enough to SKY LIMIT, who failed narrowly against HATTERAS last time out, and TWOOFUS.
The Harry Parsard-`owned and trained COUNTRY TRAIN has stamped herself as a pretty useful two-year-old and should complete a hat-trick of wins under champion jockey Dick Cardenas in the seventh race, the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 metres. Then close all bets on the down-in-class AUSTIN LUKE in the Track Price Dig Out Handicap over the round five course (claiming $180,000), a race in which MR BUTCHER, OAKRUN and SIR DANE are also worthy of consideration.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(5) PRESCRIPTION/SMOOTH E
(6) EUSEBIA/THE REAL TRAIN
(7) UPPA TUNE/KAL KAL
(8) A & S EXPRESS/SKY LIMIT
(9) COUNTRY TRAIN
(10) AUSTIN LUKE/MR BUTCHER