Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
After six consecutive racedays, the $6.8 million Pick-9 was cornered by seven punters at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, each receiving $973,071.50.
It starts anew on tomorrow's well-supported 10-race programme, embracing races two to 10. The first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a restricted allowance stakes for native and imported horses over 1500 metres, to be contested by six starters.
Despite the small field, the race promises to be competitive, but ante-post favourite ADMIRAL SNOW (Shane Ellis up) apparently has a lot going for him following his easy victory over RUM PUNCH at a mile when having his second outing on February 27. The American 3-y-o colt from the stables of Paul Hylton should stave off the lightly weighted JAH LOVE (Prince Holder up), who has been knocking at the door.
RUN CHARM RUM, who caught the eye when chasing home GREEN BERET in the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Cup over 1200 metres on March 6, is tipped to go one better from the convenient mark of 51.0kg and apprentice Ruja Lahoe aboard in the second race ($180,000 claiming) over 1400 metres.
BEST TO STICK TO FORM
RUN CHARM RUN has beaten better in the not-too-distant past and although horses such as PRINCE OF ARABIA (Dane Nelson) and ELOPING EMMA (Paul Francis) could prove dangerous, it is best to stick to good current form.
PRINCE ANDREW, who returns from a five-month absence well and truly prepared, gets the nod over PRINCIPE and AWESOME SENSATION in the third race (non-winners of 3) over 1200 metres, to be contested by nine starters.
Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, PRINCE ANDREW, who looked sharp in a five-furlong spin last Saturday morning, clocking a brisk 1:01.3, beating the classy 3-y-o colt ROCK UNION in the process. With his preparation complete, the 4-y-o son of Dayton Flyer should return with a bang under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths.
The Wayne DaCosta-trained 3-y-o gelding FIRE LIGHT (Dick Cardenas up) represents the day's five-star banker in the fourth race over 1500 metres for maidens following his good second to BLUEMOUNTAIN MAN behind a fast-time over the straight on his second outing January 5.
Since then, the son of Deputy's Report, Volcanic Eruption, has been taken to task at exercise and with Lasix now administered, looks hard to oppose. Old rival EPPING FOREST should follow him home in a 14-strong field.
The last two races should be won by I'M ALL WRIGHT (regaining form) with Cardenas up and SANKOFA, now eased in the weights with Carlton Malcolm taking the ride. Their respective dangers are CANDACE (fit) and EUSEBIA.
FIRST SUPER- FANCIES
(1) ADMIRAL SNOW/JAH LOVE
(2) RUN CHARM RUN/PRINCE OF ARABIA
(3) PRINCE ANDREW/PRINCIPE
(4) FIRE LIGHT
(5) I'M ALL WRIGHT/CANDACE