With many punters finishing among the winners on Wednesday, the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. THE Pick-9 will be conducted from race two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1100 metres to be contested by seven starters, including down-in-class FORCE DE JOUR under leading jockey Shane Ellis, the consistent COUNTRY TRAIN, and recent winner SHADE OF BEAUTY. All three have won races in recent months, but in so far as class is concerned, victory should go to the Anthony Nunes-trained FORCE DE JOUR, who finished second to CLASSY PROSPECT over 1300 metres on a $550,000 claiming tag in the recent Emancipation Day Trophy. TOUGH OPPONENT The American 4-y-o colt, who last won over 1200 metres on June 28, faces a tough opponent in the Marlon Anderson-trained COUNTRY TRAIN, who was narrowly beaten by SHADE OF BEAUTY over the straight recently, but is so genuine that she will only go down fighting with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry riding her from the handy mark of 51.0kg. SWEET DIMENSION, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races, should appreciate the easier pace of a mile in the second race for maiden three-year-olds and should stave off STIR IT WUP with Ellis aboard, SIR BIGGS with Henry aboard, and STERRI’S CHOICE under four-time champion Omar Walker. The Patrick Lynch-trained SWEET DIMENSION came a trifle late when beaten a driving finish by MARKOFAPRINCE over the straight last Saturday, and with Shamaree Muir retaining the ride, the hint should be taken. DREAMLINER, who strolled home by 11 lengths on his recent debut, represents a five-star banker in the third race for two-year-olds over the round five course, this for the Terremoto Trophy. From the stables of 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the bay colt by Porto Santo out of Golden Olympio has looked even sharper at exercise, galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:07.1, and with in-form Robert Halledeen again the saddle, DREAMLINER should lead home another unbeaten runner FEDORA in a field of six. MARISHA STAR, the mount of Wesley Henry, has flattered to deceive in recent races, but now taking orders from returning trainer Collin Blair for the first time and better prepared, should win at the expense of ROMAN SPY and EMPRESS TRUCK in a 10-strong field of five-year-olds and up. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BRAWN, who was not disgraced in finishing a fifth to BUZZ NIGHTMARE over 1300 metres in the O & S Tack Room Trophy last Saturday, and DOC HOLIDAY, who was an easy winner over 1500 metres at the same meet. Their respective dangers are SOUTHERN CRUISE and LEGENDARY PLEASURE. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) FORCE DE JOUR/COUNTRY TRAIN (2) SWEET DIMENSION/STIR IT UP (3) DREAMLINER (4) MARISHA STAR/ROMAN SPY (5) BRAWN/SOUTHERN CRUISE (6) DOC HOLIDAY/LEGENDARY PLEASURE
LONDON – Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday called the Iranian seizure of 15 British sailors and marines “unjustified and wrong,” saying in his first remarks on the escalating confrontation that London saw it as a “very serious situation.” Iran said the issue was being “considered legally,” suggesting the possibility that the group may be tried for illegally entering Iranian waters off the coast of Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted during a trip to the Middle East that the Britons be released, saying, “We all fully trust the British” account. Blair disputed Tehran’s claim that the 15 were in Iranian territorial waters at the time they were seized on Friday. “There is no doubt at all that these people were taken from a boat in Iraqi waters,” Blair said during a European Union meeting in Berlin. “It is simply not true that they went into Iranian territorial waters, and I hope the Iranian government understands how fundamental an issue this is for us. We have certainly sent the message back to them very clearly indeed. They should not be under any doubt at all about how seriously we regard this act, which is unjustified and wrong.” Britain and the United States have said the sailors and marines were intercepted just after they completed a search of a civilian vessel in the Iraqi part of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, where the border with Iran has historically been disputed. “I have not been commenting up to now because I want to get it resolved in as easy and diplomatic a way as possible,” Blair said. “But this is a very serious situation.” In a telephone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett late Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki gave no firm commitment on the service members’ release, or even whether British officials would be allowed to meet them, the British Foreign Office said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!