Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
ETTU ORACLE, who just failed to catch LEGENDARY PROS-PECT over 1820 metres on November 27, is tipped to go one better in tomorrow's opening race over the same distance for the Joseph Armond Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park.
This kicks off the first Super-6 from race one to six which starts anew with the guaranteed minimum of $750,000. The Pick-9 will be conducted on race two to 10, the second Super-6 from five to 10.
The Anthony Nunes-trained filly ETTU ORACLE ran on strongly in her last race but arrived a trifle late and was beaten by a head. She apparently has everything in her favour now and although the free-running LADY BELRIDGE will be gunning to make all and IBELIEVE N MIRACLE is well suited to the distance, ETTU ORACLE (Dick Cardenas) with only 52.0kg gets the vote based on her last running. JOVOUN THE MASTER, who was recently claimed by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for champion owner contender Carlton Watson, steps down two classes for the second race over 1500 metres to be contested by eight starters from the $250,000 - $210,000 claiming group. JOVOUN THE MASTER is much better than this level and despite the presence of the recent winner all the way winner BREDDA PAPA, looks hard to oppose with leading jockey Dane Nelson aboard.
Nelson should also win the third race over 1100 metres aboard the stretch running BORDER LINE, who beat a good field of three-year-olds over this trip in the smart time of 1:06.2 on October 12 when ridden by Nelson.
Since then, the 3-y-o son of Traditional from the Richard Azan stables has finished second to LADY SHARVANI behind a fast time over the straight on November 2. Back over the round course and working well, he should win from OFFICIAL REPORT (consistent) and recent winner PISCEAN ROCKET in a field of eight. SILENT STORM, the mount of title-chasing jockey Omar Walker, along with old rival EMINENCE GRISE, should fight out the finish of the fourth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1400 metres.SILENT STORM, running as the 6-5 favourite on November 27, was caught on the line by the outsider MEK DEM CHAT over this trip, a race in which EMINENCE GRISE closed strongly for third, another 2 1/4 lengths away.SILENT STORM, who had several of tomorrow's opponents behind her that day, appears the obvious choice especially with Walker securing the ride.MERU, who was disqualified after slamming rivals by 10 lengths over 1400 metres on November 9, reports even sharper (galloped three furlongs in 36.3) for the fifth race over a mile and should give Walker a second winner on the card. PRIESTKING, with Cardenas up, looks the principal danger in a field of eight.
Then, close out the first Super-6 with Nelson's mount FRANFIELD, who went down fighting against BARS OF GOLD and LOCKED AND LOADED in a blanket finish over 1200 metres last Sunday. Walker's mount RELAMPAGO, well drawn on the stands' side, looks the obvious danger in a field of 15 maiden two-year-olds over the straight.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) ETTU ORACLE/IBELIEVE N MIRACLE
(2) JOVOUN THE MASTER/BREDDA PAPA
(3) BORDER LINE/OFFICIAL REPORT
(4) SILENT STORM/EMINENCE GRISE