Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
With FIRST 'K' BOY (18-1) and GO GO TRAIN (11-1), both ridden by in-form Richard 'Bya' Mitchell, scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, the Pick-9 had no takers.
In contrast, both Super-6s were caught, each by one punter - both receiving in excess of $1 million. Indeed, the winner of the second Super-6 walked away with a cool $4 million.
The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the second Super-6 from six to 11.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a 2-y-o maiden special over 1200 metres to be contested by six starters. Among them is the hot ante-post favourite LITTLE MAMA MIA, who really has little to beat in this small field, having finished four lengths third to CITY LIGHTS in a fast-run 1200-metre race (1:12.1) on December 5.
Prior to that, LITTLE MAMA MIA was second to CITY LIGHTS over 1100 metres and should be used as a banker with outgoing champion jockey Dick Cardenas riding her for trainer Gary Subratie, from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
ALI'S WONDERBOY, who had no luck in running last time out, looks all set to atone in the second race for imported maiden three-year-olds and up over 1200 metres.
Trained by André Graham, the American 3-y-o colt failed by half a length to catch JADAFABULOUSTOUR over 1100 metres on December 1, this after suffering interference on leaving the starting gate. He was forced to come from some way behind (rails) to force a close finish, a race in which he had LADY CELTIC (3rd), ALPHALETTA (4th) and then favourite SMOOTH E (7th) behind.
All renew rivalry with ALI'S WONDERBOY tomorrow. The Wayne DaCosta-trained LADY CELTIC and the speedy SMOOTH E with champion jockey-designate Dane Nelson aboard should ensure that ALI'S WONDERBOY, under top apprentice Shamaree Muir, does not have things too easily in a field of eight.
ANNTRACK, with hot jockey Richard Mitchell aboard, gets a glorious opportunity to score an overdue win in the third race over 1820 metres for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of three). ANNTRACK will love the distance and despite the good claims of SPECIAL DEGREE, MY GIRL NALA and MISS MAY in a field of eight, she has most appeal.
Old rivals LITTLE CHUPS and COMMANDER LEI, second and third, respectively, to TWOOFUS over 1400 metres on December 5, should fight out the finish of the fourth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1500 metres.
COMMANDER LEI, who was 13/4 lengths behind, renews rivalry with LITTLE CHUPS on 4.5kg better terms, and with in-form Dane Nelson replacing Chris Douglas, the grey colt should turn the tables.
DOLLA WIN, now dropped to a lowly $180,000 claiming tag after that good third to ONLY BEGOTTEN SON recently, gets the nod over consistent BUTCHER MAN and down-in-class EUSEBIA in the fifth race over 1100 metres, to be contested by 10 starters.
DOLLA WIN (Cavel Brown up) has won as many as five races this season, and now faced with his easiest task for some time, only needs to break cleanly to take top honours.
Then, close all bets with the improving DEVIL'S CHILD (Nelson up) in the sixth race over the straight for maiden two-year-olds, following his good second to PISCEAN GOLD in a fast-run round-five race on November 28. The Anthony Nunes-trained colt by Traditional out of Devil Woman has worked very well since and should lead home ON SONG and MUSIC DIRECTOR in a field of 11.
(1) LITTLE MAMA MIA
(2) ALI'S WONDERBOY/LADY CELTIC
(3) ANNTRACK/SPECIAL DEGREE
(4) COMMANDER LEI/LITTLE CHUPS
(5) DOLLA WIN/MR BUTCHER
(6) DEVIL'S CHILD/ON SONG