Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9, which had no takers at Caymanas Park on Monday (Heroes Day) thanks to a 99-1 upset by AZARIO in the fifth race, offers a carryover of just over $1 million tomorrow.
Nine punters with eight of nine received $12,261.50, but checks revealed that three of the nine had AZARIO, including the colt's trainer, Gary Griffiths, and one of his associates. Griffiths missed out on the entire jackpot when he chose to bank losing favourite THE GUV in the third race for overnight allowance horses.
The Super-6s, which offer no carryover, will be conducted from the second to the seventh race and the overlapping Super-6 from race four to nine.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted-allowance race over 1200 metres (non-winners of two) to be contested by 12 starters.
CLASSICAL PLEASURE, having worked really well in preparation for this race, catches my fancy with a mere 47.5kg.
Trained by Steven Todd, the 4-y-o filly is also well drawn on the outside of the field and only needs a clean break to put away TOMMY FIDDLE, SOJOURNER TRUTH and MISS MADGE. CLASSICAL PLEASURE looked the part at exercise on Monday morning, galloping six furlongs in 1:16.2 (bullet work), a pretty good work for this level of horses.
The promising apprentice Shamaree Muir, who is down to ride CLASSICAL PLEASURE, should complete a quick double aboard another lightly weighted horse, LASHING FORCE, in the fifth race over 1100 metres. LASHING FORCE returns with only 49.0kg after chasing home BRILLIANT LAD in a fast-run (59.3) round five race on October 3 and although he can expect stiff opposition from American-bred LEMINOUS TRIESTE and SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, HOWGREATTHOUARE and DOUBLE BUTTON, is weighted to win.
Race number six for maiden three-year-olds over 1600 metres will more than likely come down to three horses - WINNINGITIS, CONFLICTOFINTEREST, the horse he beat by a short head for second over 1400 metres last Saturday, and MOVIE DIRECTOR.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER EXPECTED
It should be mighty close between WINNINGITIS and CONFLICTOFINTEREST once again. Both ran well behind SPECIAL REPORT recently, but CONFLICTOFINTEREST (Ameth Robles up) has been knocking at the door for some time and is just preferred.
Straight specialist SARAGOSSA, now dropped from $450,000 claiming to lowly $180,000, should prove hard to deny in the eighth race over the straight-five course to be contested by the maximum 16 starters.
The 4-y-o colt, who was formerly trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, has good speed and should go clear from the number one post position coming on to the main track and stave off FOREVER MINE, SKIPPING MICHELLE and LIVE WATER.
Then, take the American filly NOON IT IS (Omar Walker up) to catch the fleet-footed MR SKILL and old rival PALACE GOLD in the eighth race over 1100 metres for open allowance horses. And close all bets with the well-prepared ROCKETEER, who runs with only 52.0kg by virtue of apprentice Renardo McNaughton's 4.0kg claim, to beat MAKIN BOP and MEROVINGIAN QUEEN in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup.
The Nunes-trained ROCKETEER looked real sharp at exercise last Sunday morning, galloping 51/2 furlongs in a brisk 1:07.3 by 1.01.1, a winning work in my book.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(4) CLASSICAL PLEASURE/TOMMY FIDDLE
(5) LASHING FORCE/LUMINOUS TRIESTE
(7) SARAGOSSA/FOREVER MINE
(8) NOON IT IS
(9) ROCKETEER/MAKIN BOP