Take Akash in race two

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

TO­MOR­ROW’S 10-RACE pro­gramme at Cay­manas Park of­fers car­ry­overs in the Pick-9 and late Su­per-6 from race five to 10.

The Pick-9, with $1.8 mil­lion in the kitty, will em­brace races two to 10, the first Su­per-6 from race one to six. We look at the first Su­per-6 on the United Race­horse Train­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion pro­gramme, which com­mences with the ‘Lawrence Free­man­tle’ $250,000 – $210,000 claim­ing race over 1100 me­tres to be con­tested by seven starters, in­clud­ing DA JACKAL, who was highly fan­cied to win on Wed­nes­day over this trip on a $350,000 tag but could only man­age sev­enth to FIFTYONESTORM. The five-year-old horse ran bet­ter than his fi­nal plac­ing in­di­cated, rac­ing close up into the straight be­fore fad­ing in the lat­ter stages.

Now dropped in class and that much fit­ter, DA JACKAL, to be rid­den by Aaron Cha­trie for trainer An­drew McDon­ald, gets the nod over the free-run­ning ABOGADO and re­cent win­ner FIX IT UP.

The se­cond race over the round-five course, this for the Royal Lan­caster Tro­phy for maiden two-year-olds, also has seven starters, among them three first-time run­ners, two of whom – PROUD OF NU­CLEAR and NU­CLEAR COM­MAN­DER – both trained by Gary Subratie, are fairly for­ward in con­di­tion and ei­ther could win.

Pref­er­ence, how­ever, is for AKASH, who went down fight­ing last Satur­day when fin­ish­ing a length third to MAR­KET FORCE and GREAT FAITH in the Brian Rick­man Tro­phy over 1100 me­tres. The chest­nut colt by Western Clas­sic out of Gaza Sheree will re­port even bet­ter for this race, and with for­mer cham­pion ap­pren­tice Shama­ree Muir aboard, gets the nod over Cha­trie’s mount, PROUD OF NU­CLEAR.

The third race over 1200 me­tres for the Frank Parham Me­mo­rial Tro­phy over 1200 me­tres should be won by MR. AM­BAS­SADOR, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker rid­ing for cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta.

MR AM­BAS­SADOR (work­ing well) was nar­rowly beaten by sta­ble-com­pan­ion SUPERTRONICS over a mile on Oc­to­ber 17 and com­ing back over this shorter trip, should make all at the ex­pense of ARI­ZONA GOLD and WELL BLESSED.

SHADE OF BEAUTY, now back to win­ning form, is tipped to re­peat against sev­eral of her old ri­vals in the fourth race over 1200 me­tres for $450,000 – $400,000 claimers.

The six-year-old mare from the sta­bles of Michael McIn­tosh will again be rid­den by the com­pe­tent claim­ing ap­pren­tice An­thony Thomas from the con­ve­nient mark of 50.0kg and should re­peat at the ex­pense of old ri­val DIFERENTGENERATION in a field of 11.

The last two races in the first Su­per-6 should be won by WICKED TUFF (Cha­trie up) and re­cent course win­ner STAR OF DAVID with top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey aboard. Their re­spec­tive dan­gers are ALL FOR THE GLORY and LORD STORM.

FIRST SU­PER-6 FAN­CIES

(1) DA JACKAL/ ABOGADO (2) AKASH (3) MR. AM­BAS­SADOR/ ARI­ZONA GOLD (4) SHADE OF BEAUTY (5) WICKED TUFF/ ALL FOR THE GLORY (6) STAR OF DAVID/ LORD STORM

The two teams clashed ear­lier in the in­ter-zone round of the daCosta Cup, with STETHS com­ing from be­hind to edge a thrilling match 2-1.

Their never-say-never at­ti­tude once again came to the fore in Mon­day’s 4-3 sud­den death penalty win over Claren­don Col­lege in a semi-fi­nal thriller. They will no doubt be tested once more. Past win­ners: 1982 - Vere; 1983 and ‘84 - Corn­wall; 1985 Rusea’s; 1986 - Her­bert Mor­ri­son; 1987 - Rusea’s; 1988 - Her­bert Mor­ri­son; 1989 and 1990 - Claren­don; 1991 Corn­wall; 1992 - Rusea’s; 1993 and 1994 - Glen­muir; 1995 Corn­wall; 1997 - No com­pe­ti­tion; 1998 - Claren­don; 1999 Glen­muir; 2000 and 2001 Corn­wall; 2002 - Old Har­bour; 2003 - Corn­wall; 2004 and 2005 - Glen­muir; 2006 - Frome; 2007 - Gar­vey Maceo; 2008 - St James; 2009 -2015 - STETHS.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

WENT DOWN FIGHT­ING Len­non’s Fitzroy Cum­mings Shama­ree Muir pi­lot­ing STRAIGHTFROMTHEHEART to a com­fort­able vic­tory in Wed­nes­day’s sev­enth race at Cay­manas Park. The Con­roy Tul­loch-trained filly won at odds of 6-1.

1. STEPHAN NARINESINGH

1. OMAR WALKER

1. WAYNE DACOSTA

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