Nelson's Concur a firm banker
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were won by many punters last Saturday and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million (Pick-9) and Super-6s ($750,000) tomorrow.
Thanks to five-star bankers such as SMOKEY TOPAZ, BOY WONDER, CHIEF SECRETARIAT and COUNTRY TRAIN, the Pick-9 was won by 95 punters, each receiving $24,395.00.
We look at tomorrow's first Super-6 which gets under way with a restricted allowance II race (4-y-os and up) over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters.
Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition among the likes of SHEER MADNESS, GLORIOUS CAUSE, LITTLE RHEA and EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS.
SHEER MADNESS, to be ridden by Rayan 'Chin' Wilson, ran his best race for some time when a fast-finishing second to AUNT HILDA over this trip on December 20. SHEER MADNESS had the late-closing GLORIOUS CAUSE just behind in third, SOUND OF MIRACLE in fifth and EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS, who chased the winner to the last furlong, in sixth.
On the strength of their performances in that race, SHEER MADNESS and GLORIOUS CAUSE will be vying for favouritism, as only a head separated them at the finish. However, the lightly raced EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS from the Peter McMaster stables should be able to lead his small field into the straight and turn the tables on SHEER MADNESS and GLORIOUS CAUSE.
The second race for $350,000 to $300,000 claimers should resolve itself into a straight fight between the recent course winner LOVETTA JONES (Robert Halledeen up) and LASHING FORCE, who finished a close third, beaten a length in the same race. Both renew rivalry on identical terms in the scales, but with in-form trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes securing the services of champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard LASHING FORCE, the 6-y-o horse should top the free-running LOVETTA JONES (loves the straight) in a field of nine.
CONCUR, who had no luck in running when finishing second to the speedy ZARIAHRICHIEDIAMOND over the round-five course when apprentice-ridden on December 27, is confidently expected to go one better in the third race over the straight, with trainer Roy 'Lambada' Matthews calling up Nelson for the ride. CONCUR, who also finished second to LADY SHANKARI behind a fast-time over this trip on November 22, should lead home a previous course winner, WHITE MARL (Larris Allen up), in a field of seven.
Race four, division one of the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight for native-bred three-year-old fillies, should provide the Philip Feanny-trained debutante SASSY SUE (Ian Spence up), a chestnut filly by Porto Santo out of November Lace, with victory right off the bat.
She has been moving well at exercise for some time and, having shown good speed in the mornings, should win from SWEET DIMENSION, who is nicely drawn on the stands' side with Prince 'Daggerman' Holder up.
The next two races should be won by JOHN D LINJAH (knocking at the door) and GOLDEN BULLET (fitter now) with Nelson riding for Nunes. Their respective dangers are WHO'S ORCHID and RAY RAY.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS/SHEER MADNESS
(2) LASHING FORCE/LOVETTA JO)NES
(4) SASSY SLEW/SWEET DIMENSION
(5) JOHN D LIJAH/WHO'S ORCHID
(6) GOLDEN BULLET/RAY RAY