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Do not oppose Raising The Bar

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
Shane Ellis ... will ride RAISING The BAR

With both the Pick-9 and Super-6 failing to survive Wednesday's meet, the popular exotic bets start anew with the Pick-9 embracing races two to 10 with a guaranteed minimum of $1 million.

The first Super-6 gets underway in the first race over 1200 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up confined to fillies and mares.

Only six will face the starter, but the form of the runners is so dismal that any number could play. Former champion jockey Wesley Henry, who returns to the saddle after a three-year absence during which he rode extensively in North America, rides the lightly-raced EAST SIDE GIRL who, though yet to impress in three races, could come into her own with the blinkers and tongue tie now fitted.

LA MADRINA, a beaten favourite behind SPROUTING WINGS last Saturday, along with PEARLOFMYDREAMS, IDON;TKNOW and MIRACLE GIRL has shown only moderate ability, but in a race of this nature, LA MADRINA, with in-form Shamaree Muir retaining the ride, could prove best of a bad lot.

The second race for $180,000 claimers again over 1200 metres has attracted 10 starters, including recent winner BURNING MEDIC, FLAGRANS, MARCI THE BUTCHER, CANTARE, BID BAD LINKS and RULES OF THE CAT, all expected to run well.

use multiple choices

With the race having an open look about it, I would implore punters to use multiple choices. BURNING MEDIC, who is basically better than $180,0000 claiming when right, got up in the nick of time to beat RULES OF THE CAT over the straight five course recently and with this trip even more ideal, the seven-year-old gelding from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle should give the sparingly-used but competent jockey Harriston Lewis a rare winner.

HOUDINI'S MAGIC, to be ridden by leading jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, ran on strongly for second behind post to post winner PIZARRO over a mile on June 27, faces some tough opponents in the third race over 1500 metres, but is that much fitter and could get there in the nick of time.

Fit opponents like DREAMCOMETRUE, CAMOUFLAGE and DON'S DRAGON should enter the reckoning, especially the Wayne DaCosta-trained CAMOUFLAGE (working well), who faces his easiest task since winning decisively over 1400 metres in February. Title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen has the ride.

RAISING THE BAR, a beaten favourite behind stable companion JODY'S LODGE on her recent debut over 1200 metres when leading to the last furlong, will be better for the run and Ellis retaining the ride, represents a five-star banker in the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the fleet-footed GAGA LADY (Marc Griffiths up) and WILD NATIVE under Richard Mitchell in the sixth. Their respective dangers are recent winner BLUE EYE BOY and BATTLE SONG.