Ali Baba to steal tomorrow's first race
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
A 39-1 upset by WINESHA, last Saturday's fifth race, stumped Pick-9 players, resulting in a $2.3 million carryover to tomorrow's racemeet.
A payout in excess of $3.5 million looks a real possibility.
The Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10. The first Super-6 is from race one to six and the late Super-6 from race five to 10.
The first Super-6 commences with a three-year-old and up restricted stakes over 1500 metres to be contested by nine starters, including top contenders ALI BABA and SUPERIOR QUALITY, both promising three-year-old colts who ran out easy winners of their last race.
Harry Parsard-trained importee SUPERIOR QUALITY romped home by 93/4 lengths at 1300 metres on January 24. Weeks earlier, he beat SEEKING MY DREAMS by a short head, 1200 metres in a debut.
Though of good ability, SUPERIOR QUALITY will need to produce a career-best effort to topple ALI BABA.
After finishing second to the classy ALACRANN at a mile in the Supreme Ventures Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day, ALI BABA came back to beat stable-companion SEEKING MY DREAMS on January 31, covering the distance in 1:31.1. ALI BABA seems to be going places and, having been kept on the move at exercise by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, looks the right choice.
Maiden Condition Race
Next on the programme is a four-year-old-and-up maiden condition race over a mile, which looks tailored for TWILIGHT ROCKET with competent claiming apprentice Orane Sewell riding for trainer Victor Williams.
The four-year-old colt was a fast-finishing second to front-running ROVING STAR, 1400 metres, on January 25, when apparently given too much to do by the rider and was beaten 11/2 lengths.
Now eased in the weights, by virtue of the apprentice's claiming allowance, TWILIGHT ROCKET should make no mistake with only 53.0kg. MARIA'S GLORY looks his principal danger in the eight-horse field.
TRAIL BLAZER, who finished a close third to MERU, 1300 metres, January 24, should score an overdue win when he takes on six opponents in the third race, 1100 metres. The five-year-old gelding from the stables of Delroy Wisdom will report cherry ripe for this race. With leading all-time jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths securing the ride, he is preferred to EL CLIENTE, who now takes orders from Wayne DaCosta.
Consistent STORMONTHESEA and speedy EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS, now administered Lasix after bleeding profusely in her last race, should fight out the finish of the fourth race, over the straight five course, in which nine will run.
Take the lightly raced but promising four-year-old colt, RUNNER RUNNER (Shane Ellis up), and the well forward first-time runner, BIG GEORGE (Halledeen up), from the DaCosta stables, to win the fifth and sixth races, respectively.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) ALI BABA
(2) TWILIGHT ROCKET/MARIA'S GLORY
(3) TRAIL BLAZER/EL CLIENTE
(4) STORMONTHESEA/ EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS
(5) RUNNER RUNNER
(6) BIG GEORGE