Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6 start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow, despite notable upsets by KING SOLOMON (15-1) and REAL MINISTER (12-1) last Saturday.
With 10 races in the offing, the Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with a 3-y-o maiden condition race (the 5th) to be contested by 10 starters over 1700 metres.
Looking at the form of the runners, the one to beat must surely be HUMBLE LION, who finished a close sixth to FRANKENSTORM over 1600 metres as a two-year-old last December, beaten by only 21/2 lengths.
Having worked well in recent weeks, the bay colt from the stables of ex-jockey Fitzroy Glispie should come into his own and win at the expense of Gordon Lewis-trained EL CLIENTE, a lightly raced colt who has been looking up at exercise since his February 9 debut (4th) behind PERFECT DAY, and BLUEMOUNT MAN, who was second in the same race.
Eleven $180,000 conditional claimers have been declared for the sixth race over 1600 metres in which KING FERDINAND, WINGS OF FURY, FRIENDS FOR LIFE and TOMMY TSUNAMI are leading lights.
Following his good third to FEELINGINTHESLIPS over 1400 metres on January 30, KING FERDINAND looks the right choice with former champion jockey Dick Cardenas sticking with the ride.
The seven-year-old gelding from the stables of George Moo-Young looked well in a seven-furlong gallop on Sunday morning, and having notched his last win over this trip in September of last year, should lead home WINGS OF FURY from the convenient mark of 52.0kg.
The seventh race, confined to maiden four-year-olds and up over 1400 metres, should resolve itself into a straight fight between THE GREY GULLION and HOGANS HERO, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson and four-time champion Omar Walker, respectively.
When both met over the distance on January 26, THE GREY GULLION, an improving grey gelding, finished 23/4 lengths third to GOLD RUSH while HOGANS HERO weakened badly into fourth place, 15 lengths away.
That, however, was an apprentice race (no whips) and this time it should be pretty close between them, especially with big-name jockeys aboard. THE GREY GULLION came back to finish two lengths second to JUSTIN IN FLIGHT over 1500 metres on February 13 and, on the strength of that performance, is given the edge.
YASSIN, who has run some very good races in better company, looks the one to beat in the eighth race over the straight for four-year-olds (non-winners of fillies and mares).
After finishing a strong second to AMICABLE in a fast-run 1200-metre race last Boxing Day, The Patrick Lynch-trained YASSIN reports well prepared with champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard and given her fine speed, should go all the way from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. PRETTY TING and SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, both ideally suited to the straight, are twin dangers in a 12-strong field.
Race number nine for the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy (grade one) over 1300 metres should provide two-time 'Horse of the Year' SAINT CECELIA with her 12th consecutive win against five inferior opponents, enabling her to equal the record for most consecutive wins held by the 1996 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner WAR ZONE. She represents a five-star banker.
Then close all bets with the lightly raced MADIBA (second-last time out) in the $350,000-$310,000 claiming race over 1400 metres to be contested by the maximum 16 starters. HERMOSO AMIGO, now pretty light under the tiny apprentice Prince Holder aboard, and GENERAL C are twin dangers.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(5) HUMBLE LION/EL CLIENTE
(6) KING FERDINAND/WINGS OF FURY
(7) THE GREY GULLION/HOGANS HERO
(8) YASSIN/SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
(9) SAINT CECELIA
(10) MADIBA/HERMOSO AMIGO