Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Thanks to upsets by SPECIAL DEGREE (18-1), AMICABLE (13-1) and SUPEM AGO HAPPEN (12-1), the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
As a result, the carryover to tomorrow's 11-race programme stands at $1.99 million. This should ensure a first prize of $3 million.
Despite the upsets, both Super-6s were caught by one lucky punter (including a popular trainer), each receiving more than $1 million. The Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.
The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race six to 11.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with division one of the CTL Exercise Riders' Race over 800 metres straight (6th race) for $180,000 conditional claimers, to be contested by 12 starters.
Here, the course specialist AUSTIN LUKE, who is down in class, should take a lot of beating following his close fourth to MIKENIFICENT over the straight five course in much better company on September 14. SKIPPINGFORTREASURE with female exercise rider, Natalie Berger, and OAKRUN, are twin dangers.
Race seven for native and imported three-year-olds over 1200 metres should resolve itself into a straight fight between recent winner LADY SHARVANI (Percy Williams) and the very fit FIERCEANDFABULOUS under champion jockey Dane Nelson.
When both fillies met recently over the straight five course, the Gary Subratie-trained LADY SHARVANI held on to beat her old rival by a neck and over this longer trip, the Anthony Nunes-trained FIERCEANDFABULOUS should turn the tables on slightly improved terms at the weights. Also in the 10-horse field is the improving FANTABULOUS, who should keep LADY SHARVANI honest on the lead.
Division two of the Exercise Riders' Race should also come down to a straight fight between back to form GEYSER SPRING and the speedy GRANDE MARQUE, who was a beaten favourite behind SKIPAWAY PRINCE over the straight on September 14.
GEYSER SPRING, meanwhile, finished third to MIKENIFICENT over the straight in a blanket finish and it will be close with GRANDE MARQUE. Over this reduced trip, GRANDE MARQUE catches my fancy.
The lightly raced filly DECAPOLIS, a beaten favourite over 1200 metres on September 14, should relish the milder pace of 1820 metres and with Nelson securing the ride, gets the nod over PRINCESS SHINE and FLYING MIRACLE in the ninth race for maiden three-year-olds.
The 10th over a mile for the Owen Silvera Memorial Cup looks tailored for topweight TYPEWRITER, while the closing race Track Price Plus Dig-Out handicap for overnight allowance horses should provide the recently disqualified winner KIPLING WEEKEND (Paul Francis up) with quick compensation.
Their respective dangers are RAGING PROSPECT (consistent) in the feature and down-in-class THE GUV.
(6) AUSTIN LUKE
(7) FIERCEANDFABULOUS/ LADY SHARVANI
(8) GRANDE MARQUE/GEYSER SPRING
(9) DECAPOLIS/PRINCESS SHINE
(10) TYPEWRITER/RAGING PROSPECT
(11) KIPLING WEEKEND/THE GUV