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Take Maybe I Say So
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Carryovers of $1.3 million in the Pick-9 and $1.1 million to the first Super-6 should help to boost sales on tomorrow's 12-race programme at Caymanas Park featuring the sixth running of the $1 million Seek Exercise Book Back to School Trophy over 1300 metres.
The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12 on the well-supported programme, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the overlapping Super-6 from seven to 12.
We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way with a 1200-metre race for $450,000-$400,000 claimers to be contested by eight starters, including the grey MUMBAI MAESTRO, who is definitely the pick of the weights with only 52.0kg and apprentice Arthur Budhu aboard.
MUMBAI MAESTRO won back-to-back races over this trip in May/June, the latter when closing strongly under topweight of 57.0kg to catch and beat LESTERAE by a short head.
LESTERAE, who subsequently won over 1300 metres on July 14 when turning the tables on MUMBAI MAESTRO, renews rivalry on far worse terms. Although expected to lead rivals into the straight, he should be caught by MUMBAI MAESTRO.
Next on the programme is the Seek Employees Trophy 3-y-o maiden condition race over 1300 metres for horses who have not finished second to fourth lifetime.
SUCCESS STORY GETS NOD
Top contenders in the 13-strong field are SUCCESS STORY to be ridden by champion jockey Dick Cardenas, STEP IT UP under in-form Richie Mitchell, and J.T. EXPRESS with Delroy Beharie aboard.
On the strength of his fair sixth to CAUSE FOR CONCERN in a similar type of race over the straight-five course on July 28, SUCCESS STORY gets the nod.
MAYBE I SAY SO, who finished a length third (closing) to stable-companion DELICIOSA and GEYSER SPRING over 1100 metres on August 1, should prove hard to beat in the strong hands of Dane Nelson in the third race over 1200 metres. Old rival GEYSER SPRING and GOOD INVESTMENT are twin dangers.
The front-running ERGASIA gets the nod over DIVINITY and ZARA in the fourth race over 1500 for $250,000 claimers. American-bred UPPA TUNE, who has shown good speed in all of his races, should rebound from last Saturday's defeat to KAL KAL by winning the fifth race over the straight.
Then close all bets with Nelson's mount URBAN DANCER (improving) in the sixth, Division II of the Seek Employees Trophy over 1300 metres. URBAN DANCER, who finished four lengths fifth to MAGIC BLUSH over the straight recently, has most to fear from HOGAN'S HERO in a field of 12.
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES
(1) MUMBAI MAESTRO/LESTERAE
(2) SUCCESS STORY/J.T. EXPRESS/STEP IT UP
(3) MAYBE I SAY SO
(5) UPPA TUNE/BRILLIANT LAD
(6) URBAN DANCER/HOGAN'S HERO