Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9 eluded punters for the sixth consecutive raceday last Sunday and the carryover to tomorrow's race meet stands at a whopping $5.69 million.
Upsets by LIAR LIAR (16-1) and PETE'SWILDONE (10-1) ensured that the Pick-9 would have no takers. With heavy betting anticipated tomorrow, a payout of close to $7 million looks a real possibility.
The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first super-6 from race one to six, and the overlapping Super-6 from race six to 11.
We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a maiden special race for two-year-olds over the round five course. Six have been declared and indications are it will come down to a straight fight between GOLD PRICE (Dick Cardenas up) and the American colt NO NONSENSE MAN, with Shane Ellis riding for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes.
The Lorenzo Robinson-trained GOLD PRICE has looked the more fluent at exercise, and while NO NONSENSE MAN should come in for a lot of support and make it close, preference is for GOLD PRICE, who clocked 1:01.3 over the distance at exercise recently.
The imported colt EXCLUSIVE PRINCE, having lost narrowly to PROUD SONG over 1200 metres on August 3 and having caught the eye at exercise since, should go one better at the expense of HAWKEYE and EL NUMERO UNO in the second race for three-year-olds 1200 metres.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has EXCLUSIVE PRINCE in good nick after coming 1:00.0 flat at exercise last Sunday morning and in light of this, should give Cardenas another win on the card.
SHEZA BOSSLADY (Dane Nelson up) from the stables of in-form trainer Lorne Kirlew gets the nod over PRIEST KING and JARREAU in the third race for $450,000 - $400,000 claimers over 1400 metres, while down-in-class LIVE WATER (Clive Lynch up), who ran a decent race behind NOOKLIN BRIDGE over 1100 metres at the Sunday meet, represents a nap selection in the fourth over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers. NOTUS, who has good speed, and the ultra-consistent MR BUTCHER should follow her home.
VALID IMAGE (Shamaree Muir up), who ran a good race behind EUSEBIA over the straight last time out, is preferred to old rival STEP IT UP in the fifth race, again over the straight, to be contested by nine starters.
ROCK 'A' WAY (knocking at the door) will now prove hard to beat in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Shane Ellis will ride the chestnut filly for trainer Nunes.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) GOLD PRICE/NO NONSENSE MAN
(2) EXCLUSIVE PRINCE/HAWKEYE
(3) SHEZA BOSSLADY/PRIESTKING
(4) LIVE WATER
(5) VALID IMAGE/STEPIT UP
(6) ROCK 'A' WAY