With WILLINSTON (14-1) and DEO VOLENTE (13-1) providing the upsets, the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow stands at a cool $4.4 million. The betting, as a result, should be heavier than usual, and a payout of $6 million looks a real possibility.
The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the second Super-6 which gets under way with a $350,000-$300,000 claiming race over 1400 metres to be contested by 11 starters, including recent winners JARREAU (Dick Cardenas up) and GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (Aaron Chatrie).
Both are not only fit and well, but ideally suited to the distance. The Everal Francis-trained GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY failed by a length to stave off the fast-finishing SPECIAL DEGREE when attempting to make all over 1500 metres on September 25.
JARREAU, on the other hand, steps up in class after his runaway win (11 lengths) with Cardenas aboard over this trip on September 28, and with the Panamanian sticking with the ride, is tipped to repeat.
The imported filly, LADY CELTIC, now thrown in for a tag at a lowly $180,000 claiming with Cardenas up, gets the nod over LIVE WATER and JAYLEN in the sixth race over 1100 metres.
Trained by 12-time champion Wayne DaCosta, LADY CELTIC has kept much better company, leading for over 1000 metres in the circular nine race won by LET THE CAT PURR on September 28. She is yet to win from 19 career starts, but based on her two lengths fourth to AGAKHAN over 1500 metres on July 13, should be good enough to lead home JAYLEN and LIVE WATER.
The DaCosta-trained TRAIL BLAZER (Cardenas up), having run a blinder in defeat behind PERSIAN BELLE over 1200 metres recently, is preferred to FRANKENSTORM and HAWKEYE in the seventh race over 1100 metres in which 13 three-year-olds (non-winners of two) have been declared. TRAIL BLAZER will report even fitter for this race and with only 52.0kg, looks the right choice in this quick sprint.
SPICE (Cardenas up) and PAID OUR DUES (Dane Nelson), having finished heads on for fourth and fifth place, respectively (2 1/2 lengths away), behind ROCK 'A" WAY over 1300 metres last Saturday, should fight out the finish of the eighth race over a mile. Both will enjoy the longer distance, but SPICE, a beaten favourite in the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup last Saturday, is preferred.
Then, use this year's derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (Cardenas again) as a banker in the mile and quarter Prime Minister Stakes to be contested by seven starters, while the fleet-footed LADY SHARVANI should go all the way under leading jockey Omar Walker in the closing race over 1100 metres.
SECOND SUPER-6 FANCIES
(5) JARREAU/LADY CELTIC/ JAYLEN
(6) LADY CELTIC/JAYLEN
(7) TRAIL BLAZER/FRANKENSTORM
(8) SPICE/PAID OUR DUES
(9) PERFECT NEIGHBOUR
(10)LADY SHARVANI/BORDER LINE