Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
On the first day marked by an increase in stakes by Caymanas Track Limited last Saturday, the Pick-9 eluded punters despite no real upsets on the 11-race programme.
The carryover to tomorrow stands at $1,088.310. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race seven to 12.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race to be contested by eight starters over 1500 metres.
This should resolve itself into a straight fight between old rivals MR. TRADITIONALIST and SIR WILLIE, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson and Robert Halledeen, respectively.
Both have finished in front of each other in recent races, with SIR WILLIE having finished a good second to SHE'S MY HONEY over the straight on September 11 and MR. TRADITIONALIST finishing another 51/2 lengths behind him in third. MR. TRADITIONALIST, however, will now have the services of champion jockey Dane Nelson, replacing the sparingly used Philip Parchment, and now venturing over the round course, should lead home SIR WILLIE and TOP RANKING.
In the second race over 1400 metres for three-year-olds, trainer Gary Subratie holds a strong hand with the imported horses COUGAR COMMANDER and WHERE DEM BOYS in a field of eight.
Both went down fighting last time out, COUGAR COMMANDER failing by a head to catch EXCLUSIVE PRINCE over 1300 metres on September 11 and the lightly raced WHERE DEM BOYS finishing a close second to DIAMOND PRINCESS over the straight last Saturday on her debut.
With leading jockey Omar Walker deserting COUGAR COMMANDER for WHERE DEM BOYS (better for the run), the hint should be taken. However, TECHNOCRAT, who has been knocking at the door, is a real danger to both based on his close third to QUIETLY BRILLIANT over the straight on August 10.
confirm her superiority
Two-time Horse of the Year SAINT CECELIA (Shane Ellis up) and old rival BLAST THEM AWAY (Dick Cardenas) meet for the fourth time in over a year in the third race over 1300 metres for grade one horses.
In a small field of five, the Spencer Chung-trained SAINT CECELIA bids for her 15th consecutive win and having beaten Wayne DaCosta's American colt BLAST THEM AWAY on the three previous occasions they have met, could confirm her superiority.
However, BLAST THEM AWAY (working exceptionally well) will report a different animal and I am expecting him to lower the colours of 'CECELIA' this time around. He ran her to half a length in the Lotto Sprint over 1100 metres when they last met on May 25 and should catch her in deep stretch in receipt of 7.0kg.
LADY FOREMAN, who has shown a particular liking for the straight five course, gets the nod over down in class JET SETTER and LOVETTA JONES in the fourth race for $350,000-$300,000 claimers over the straight, to be contested by 11 starters. A winner over the course last time out, the Lorne Kirlew-trained LADY FOREMAN (Aaron Chatrie up) is well drawn at post position 10 and should not be caught.
FASTANDFLASHY, who found only FLYING MARSHALL too good over 1200 metres last Saturday, is tipped to go one better in the fifth race for maiden three-year-olds over the straight, while it should be the lightly raced but improving TROPICAL TRAIN under Richard 'Biah' Mitchell in division two of the 3-y-o maiden race over the straight.
Their respective dangers are DUTCHROW and the Anthony Nunes-trained ROCK 'A' WAY, who is proving expensive to follow, but will only go down fighting in this sub-standard field.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) MR TRADITIONALIST
(2) WHERE DEM BOYS/TECHNOCRAT
(3) BLAST THEM AWAY/SAINT CECELIA
(4) LADY FOREMAN/JET SETTER
(6) TROPICAL TRAIN/ROCK 'A' AWAY