Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Pick-9 again proved elusive at Caymanas Park last Saturday and now offers a $1.6 million carryover going into tomorrow's Catherine Peak's Gold Cup meet.
This was due mainly to an 11-1 upset by SEARCHING FOR GOLD in the sixth race and, to a lesser extent, REIGN OVER ALL at 7-1 in the fourth.
The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, and the overlapping Super-6 from race five to 10.
We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way at noon with the Farmer Brown Chocolate Drink Trophy over 1820 metres (claiming $250,000-$210,000) to be contested by seven starters.
It should come down to a three-cornered tussle involving the front-running BREDDA PAPA, now taking orders from Lorne Kirlew, back-to-form LITTLE BIT and CAUSE FOR CONCERN, all of whom have already won over the distance.
Although racing for the first time since winning over a mile on May 13, BREDDA PAPA, who is stepping down two classes for this race, represents the speed in the line-up and with a mere 51.5kg and competent claiming apprentice Romario Saunders aboard, should stave off LIKKLE BIT (Dick Cardenas up), who lost out to DELICIOUS in a driving finish over 1200 metres recently.
The second race for three-year-olds over 1500 metres has a more open look about it, as no fewer than four of the 10 starters have good claims.
The horses in question are IBELIEVE N MIRACLE with title-chasing jockey Omar Walker aboard, PRINCESS SHINE with Paul Francis, CLEARLY OURS and GREATER GLORY.
FIGHT OUT FINISH
PRINCESS SHINE ran on strongly in the closing stages to win over 1200 metres on October 26 and came back with a good effort in defeat when finishing a close third to BELIEVE over 1300 metres on November 17. She will not only relish the additional furlong, but has worked well coming into this race (galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:08.1) and should fight out the finish.
Preference, however, is for IBELIEVE N MIRACLE from the in-form stables of Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch. Following her disqualification from first on October 12, the chestnut filly was four lengths third to LEGENDARY PLEASURE over 1820 metres last Saturday. She will relish the shorter distance and should stave off PRINCESS SHINE from the convenient mark of 52.0kg.
Race number three, the 'Pickney Peak' Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres for native and imported two-year-olds, should provide the unbeaten American colt FORCE DE JOUR (Shane Ellis up) from the Anthony Nunes stables with his third consecutive win.
He has worked exceptionally well (59.2 for five furlongs), is definitely going places and should win from old rival JANIBOUTICE.
PISCEAN ROCKET, now better for the recent pipe-opener and leading jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, should stave off OFFICIAL REPORT in the fourth over the round-five course for three-year-olds in which 10 will run.
Recent winner SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, with five-time champion Trevor Simpson again in the saddle, should repeat at the expense of LIGHT BRIGADE and WINCHESTER in the fifth, the Purewater Mi Drink Trophy (high claiming), while it should be the unbeaten KOBALT (working well) under former champion jockey Percy Williams in the sixth race over the straight in which VALID IMAGE (Nelson up) looks the obvious danger.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) BREDDA PAPA/LIKKLE BIT
(2) IBELIEVE N MIRACLE/PRINCESS SHINE
(3) FORCE DE JOUR
(4) PISCEAN ROCKET/OFFICIAL REPORT
(5) SUNLIGHT EXPRESS/LIGHT BRIGADE
(6) KOBALT/VALID IMAGE