Val­ley Of Queens a firm banker

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

TO­MOR­ROW’S WELLSUPPORTED 11-race pro­gramme at Cay­manas Park of­fers no Pick-9 or Su­per-6 carry overs, but with the races hav­ing a com­pet­i­tive look about them, pun­ters should be on guard for up­sets.

The Pick-9, with a guar­an­teed min­i­mum of $1 mil­lion, will em­brace races three to 11, the Sun­rise Su­per-6 from race one to six, and the Twi­light Su­per-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Su­per-6, which gets un­der way with a re­stricted al­lowance race over 1820 me­tres (non-win­ners of three) to be con­tested by seven four-year-olds and up. Jockey Shane El­lis rides ETER­NAL JOY to vic­tory in last Satur­day’s eighth race over 1100 me­tres at Cay­manas Park.

They in­clude su­per fit SWEET DI­MEN­SION and spar­ingly raced TURBO MA­CHINE CAT. It should be a straight fight be­tween the two.

SWEET DI­MEN­SION just failed to stave off STIR IT UP over a mile last Satur­day and, all in all, she has been a model of con­sis­tency. With only 52.0kg, the 4-y-o daugh­ter of War Mar­shall – Brown Sugar should bring race fit­ness into play and stave off TURBO MA­CHINE CAT, who is out for the first time since fin­ish­ing 17 lengths’ sixth to MR AM­BAS­SADOR over 1500 me­tres when last raced on June 30 in bet­ter com­pany.

Next on the pro­gramme is a two-year-old maiden spe­cial over the round-five course for the Win­nie Anglin Me­mo­rial Cup in which eight fil­lies have been de­clared. .

LOOK­ING SHARP

The field in­cludes four debu­tants, the most for­ward of whom is DON’T BLUSH BABE, a bay filly by Twi­light Time out of Hishi Blos­som, to be rid­den by ap­pren­tice An­thony Thomas for vet­eran trainer Nor­man Palmer.

She, along with fel­low new­comer LAWS OF THE CODE (also work­ing well) and the Gary Subratie-trained VICE ROY­ALTY, who chased home the highly thought of AR­MAGED­DON on her re­cent de­but over 1100 me­tres, should de­cide the out­come. Hav­ing looked sharp at ex­er­cise re­cently, gal­lop­ing three fur­longs in 35.0, DON’T BLUSH BABE is tipped to make all in this quick sprint.

VAL­LEY OF QUEENS caught the eye when run­ning on to fin­ish 1 3/4 fourth to KING WITHIN over 1100 me­tres on Septem­ber 24 and should pro­vide the in-form claim­ing ap­pren­tice Dane Dawkins with yet another win­ner in his quest for cham­pion ap­pren­tice. The eight-horse field is noth­ing much, and the Robert Darby Sr­trained VAL­LEY OF QUEENS should lead home WICKED TUFF and BALA BAD GIRL LINKS.

A CUT ABOVE

The fourth race over 1200 me­tres for $180,000 claimers looks tai­lored for the down-in­class COPPERFIELD , who beat CHEERS by a length over 1300 me­tres on July 20, but fin­ished lame in his sub­se­quent race be­hind CRUIS­ING MO­TION some weeks ago. The three-year-old son of Fear­less Vi­sion – Pik A Trix looks a cut above $180,000 claim­ing and should ac­count for BARS OF GOLD and CLEARLY OURS in a bid for his third ca­reer win. COPPERFIELD will again be rid­den by star ap­pren­tice Lin­ton Stead­man for topline trainer An­thony ‘Baba’ Nunes, who sad­dled ACAD­EMY AWARD to win the Trinidad derby last Satur­day at Santa Rosa Park.

PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR, the Ap­pren­tice Dane Dawkins will ride VAL­LEY OF QUEENS. Jockey Omar Walker re­moves his rid­ing gear af­ter win­ning the Front Run­ner Sprint aboard SHE’S A MANEATER at Cay­manas Park last Satur­day.

coun­try’s top stayer, should win the fifth race, the grade one Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Stakes over 2000 me­tres for the third straight year ahead of the 2015 Su­per­stakes win­ner FRANFIELD and the 2015 St. Leger win­ner SUPERLUMINAL. Then close all bets with backto-form JU­NIOR DON with ap­pren­tice Be­beto Har­vey in the sixth race over a mile.

FIRST SU­PER-6 FAN­CIES

(1) SWEET DI­MEN­SION/ TURBO MA­CHINE CAT (2) DON’T BLUSH BABA/VICE ROY­ALTY (3) VAL­LEY OF QUEENS 940 COPPERFIELD/ BARS OF GOLD (5) PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR (6) JU­NIOR DON/ JESSIE JAMES

PHO­TOS BY GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

FILE

1. STEPHAN NARINESINGH

1. OMAR WALKER

1. WAYNE DACOSTA

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