Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With the fancied horses holding their own at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on the big 'Superday' programme tomorrow.
The well-supported 12-race card features the day's showpiece event, the 34th running of the CTL Superstakes over 2000 metres with a purse of $5 million, the 24th running of the CTL Caribbean Sprint over 1200 metres, and the 20th running of the CTL Imported Mile.
The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six and the second Super-6 from race seven to 12.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with the $1.5 million CTL Imported Mile to be contested by seven starters. They include the island's top imported horse MISMYRTLEBOYRICHIE, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg with four-time champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, the progressive American filly NOON IT IS, who is coming off a recent fast-time win over 1300 metres, and the consistent RAISE A RUCKUS.
This trio should decide the outcome, but MISMYRTLEBOY-RICHIE is the genuine class horse of the field, and after losing to Horse of the Year SAINT CECELIA in the recent None Such Sprint over 1200 metres, gets the ideal trip on this occasion and should prove too strong for NOON IT IS in receipt of 7.0kg.
Trainer Lorne Kirlew, who conditions 'MYRTLEBOY', said the horse was "feeling his pins" when beaten into second place by SAINT CECELIA recently, and with less to do in this race, should bring class into play and rebound with a win.
The lightly raced but promising WESTERN BULL found only LEOPOLD THE GREAT too good in a fast-run 1100-metre race last Saturday, and with champion jockey Dick Cardenas sticking with the ride, is tipped to go one better in the eighth race for maidens over 1400 metres.
WESTERN REGION, who went under in a three-way photo finish to the disqualified winner PLATINUM KING over 1300 metres on October 31, along with SIR WILLIE, are twin dangers in a maximum field of 16.
The ninth for native-bred and imported three-year-old over 1500 metres should see MIRACLE STAR, RAJA HINDUSTANI, MENTALIST and the lightly raced American filly JADA'SFABULOUSTOUR (Lasix on) in serious contention where it matters.
The Patrick Chang-trained MIRACLE STAR (Omar Walker up) finished a close third to AZARIO over 1800 metres on October 15 (Heroes Day), and having notched his only win over this trip back in March, is weighted to win from RAJA HINDUSTANI.
Briefly, the well-prepared American 3-y-o colts ARGUMENT DONE and RICHIESONJAHMARLEY hold the key to the knotty-looking 10th race over 1300 metres to be contested by a full field of 16. It could go down to the wire but the Anthony Nunes-trained ARGUMENT DONE (working well) with Shane Ellis aboard is given the edge by virtue of his greater experience.
Lorne Kirlew's RICHIESONJAH-MARLEY truly impressed when winning by six lengths over the straight on his recent debut and will only go down fighting.
Then take the 2010 'Horse of the Year' MARK MY WORD (Winston Griffiths up) to win his third consecutive Superstakes at the expense of last year's runner-up COMMANDING CHIEF and this year's Derby winner TYPEWRITER in a field of 11, before closing out the programme with MISS MADGE under leading jockey Dane Nelson to go one better in the nightpan.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(8) WESTERN BULL/WESTERN REGION
(9) MIRACLE STAR/RAJA HINDUSTANI
(10) ARGUMENT DONE/RICHIESSONJAHMARLEY
(11) MARK MY WORD/TYPEWRITER
(12) MISS MADGE/TOMMY FIDDLE