Start Su­per­stakes Day with ICTUS

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - El­ton Tucker/As­sis­tant Edi­tor – Sports

THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD colt ICTUS has made a steady climb down the claim­ing lad­der and is now ready for a big ef­fort in to­mor­row’s open­ing race of the Sunrise-Six on Burger King Su­per­stakes Day at Cay­manas Park.

The Steven Todd-trained colt has al­ways done well over the 1000 me­tres straight dis­tance. On July 18, he was sec­ond to Lady Jaela in a good fi­nal time of 1:00.3, and three days later, was again the run­ner-up, this time to Polly B in $850,000 claim­ing. He will be very com­fort­able sprint­ing against $250,000 claimers, in­clud­ing the fast BUL­LET RAJ, who should take the run­ner up spot.

HIGH GEAR

An­thony Nunes’ bid to over­take Wayne DaCosta at the top of the train­ers’ cham­pi­onship is ex­pected to go into high gear as early as the sec­ond race, where he will sad­dle the highly thought of pair CO­RA­ZON (Dick Car­de­nas) and TRICKY ONE (Shane El­lis) in the 1300 me­tres Coco Cola Ju­ve­nile Sprint for two-year-olds. The Nunes duo will clash with TOP SHELF, who is seek­ing her third win in four starts.

It ap­pears that TRICKY ONE is more suited to the dis­tance and is the one to beat. CO­RA­ZON and TOP SHELF are ex­pected to jos­tle for the lead be­fore weak­en­ing late, al­low­ing TRICKY ONE with the pa­tient El­lis to pull off an easy win.

BEST AD­VICE was left with a lot to do after rear­ing at the gates on Oc­to­ber 20 and had to play sec­ond fid­dle to Resur­gent in a 1100 me­tres maiden event. She still ended up in a fairly good 1:08.1. The filly con­tin­ues to work very well, and be­ing bred for speed, will not be beaten if com­ing away cleanly over the same dis­tance to­mor­row.

Race Four for non-win­ners of three over 1300 me­tres is tai­lored for David Lee Sin’s SMOKESCREEN. The five year-old geld­ing has been knock­ing at the door for a long time and comes in very light, cour­tesy of ap­pren­tice Ro­mario Spencer’s 4kg claim, to meet to­mor­row’s en­gage­ment. He did fairly well over a dis­tance short of his best when eighth by 12 lengths to Dou­ble Deal go­ing 1100 me­tres on Oc­to­ber 20. With the drop in weight, he should be run­ning on best of all in the fi­nal 200 me­tres to­mor­row and can win at a good price.

The hand­i­caps also favour both YOLOVE in the fifth and SI­LENCE in the fi­nal race of the Sunrise-Six.

SUNRISE-SIX SE­LEC­TIONS

1. ICTUS

2. TRICKY ONE

3. BEST AD­VICE

4. SMOKESCREEN

5. YOLOVE

6. SI­LENCE

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