Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Although there was no major upset at the midweek meet at Caymans Park, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carryover to tomorrow's meet stands at $1,063.463.
The Pick-9 will embrace all nine races on the card, while the first Super-6 will be conducted from race two to nine, the overlapping Super-6 from race four to nine.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over 1100 metres (non-winners of three other than) in which SUNLIGHT EXPRESS (knocking at the door) looks the right choice in a field of nine.
Trained by Richard Azan, SUNLIGHT EXPRESS beat all barring fast-time all the way winner LASHING FORCE over this trip (1:06.2) last Saturday, and prior to that was a close fourth to CANTARE over 1200 metres on February 2, a race in which he was the leader passing the furlong pole.
Despite the presence of the recent winner LADYLIKE and the very useful DIFERENTGENERATION, who last won over 1200 metres on December 22, SUNLIGHT EXPRESS with a mere 52.5kg and four-time champion Omar Walker aboard will not be easily denied.
The day's five-star banker comes next in the form of the unbeaten American filly HUPOMONE in the second Super-6 race for the George HoSang Trophy over the straight-five course for overnight allowance horses.
UNBEATEN IN FIVE STARTS
Trained by Wayne DaCosta, the classy daughter of Omega Code is unbeaten in five starts, and although returning from an eight-month absence, none will report fitter. HUPOMONE has been turning in bullet work after bullet work in the mornings and should easily lead home stable-companion DOUBLE THE HONEY in a field of seven.
CHECKITOUT, who was in receipt of a poor ride when finishing a close third to LADY GORAKHPUR over 1400 metres recently, should make amends under champion apprentice Shamaree Muir in the third Super-6 race for $180,000 claimers over 1500 metres.
The five-year-old mare carries only 51.0kg and gets the nod over SPLITTING IMAGE (regaining form) and the late-kicking INSPIRATION in a field of 10.
IMPERIAL FORTUNE, now dropped in class following his close fourth to AWESOME MARQUE over 1400 metres on January 12, reports in good nick for the fourth race over 1200 metres and should make no mistake from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, thanks to apprentice Reynardo McNaughton 3.0kg claim.
Significantly, IMPERIAL FORTUNE notched his last win over this trip last November when slamming SOCA PARTY by 71/2 lengths, and with less to do here, should lead home front-running LESTERAE, who is enjoying good form.
The last two races should be won by TITAN (knocking at the door) and down-in-class SOCIAL BUTTERFLY. Their respective dangers are SIR FREDERICK and MARCI THE BUTCHER.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(2) SUNLIGHT EXPRESS/LADYLIKE
(4) CHECKITOUT/SPLITTING IMAGE
(5) IMPERIAL FORTUNE/LESTERAE
(7) SOCIAL BUTTERFLY/MARCI THE BUTCHER