Luck of the draw

Draw for Gover­nor’s Plate wasn’t kind to trainer Trevor Hicken’s two en­tries

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Har­ness rac­ing colum­nist Ni­cholas Oakes takes a look at the draw for post po­si­tions for Satur­day night’s $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate in Summerside. Horses go be­hind the gate in Race 13.

It is show time in Summerside and Satur­day night prom­ises to be an ac­tion packed event at Red

Shores at the Summerside Race­way.

The $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal lines up in Race 13 on the card, that gets un­der­way at 6 p.m. The post po­si­tion gods have not been kind to Big Surf, as the Trevor Hicken trainee has drawn Post 7 af­ter win­ning his $5,000 elim­i­na­tion in a track record equalling 1:53 for driven Marc Camp­bell. In a shock­ing twist, Hicken’s other en­try, All Tu­rain (Corey MacPher­son), is sad­dled with Post 8, so some quick early speed from the in­side is no doubt in the Hicken fam­i­lies prayers.

Other elim­i­na­tion win­ner D Gs Camme has Post 5 af­ter go­ing a mon­strous trip to cap­ture the first elim­i­na­tion in 1:53.2 for Gilles Bar­rieau. The Jackie Mathe­son trainee was fifth at the head of the stretch and un­leashed the fi­nal part of a 27.3 quar­ter to de­clare vic­tory by half a length over The Rev (Danny Romo), who has Post 2 Satur­day night. D Gs Camme is the likely post-time favourite but po­ten­tial spoiler in the field is R Caan, who was sec­ond in Big Surf ’s track record per­for­mance and made his first starts in a few weeks on Sun­day af­ter ship­ping her from the U.S. The Rene Al­lard owned pacer is now trained by Earl Watts and has the ser­vices of Terry Gallant in the bike. R Caan was third in the 2013 Gold Cup and Saucer go­ing one of the big­gest trips in the history of Is­land rac­ing to se­cure the show prize that day.

The Gover­nor’s Plate field also in­cludes 1. Si Se­malu ( Jason Hughes); 3. Per­fect Es­cape (Wal­ter Chev­erie); and 6. I’m Drinkin Dou­bles (Marc Whebby). P.E.I. Scene Af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing per­for­mance in her Gover­nor’s Plate Open Mares se­ries elim­i­na­tion, Wil­low War­rior has drawn Post 1 in Satur­day’s race 12 $8,250 fi­nal and is look­ing to give some back to the com­mu­nity.

The four-year-old pac­ing mare will be do­nat­ing 10 per cent of her 2015 earn­ings to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion. Owner’s Alby and Deb­bie Cur­ran of Ver­non Bridge are pledg­ing their sup­port for the lo­cal char­ity and are hop­ing the mare trained by their son Bren­dan will be able to help out.

The Western Terror mare has one win, two sec­onds and two third so far this sea­son in Open Mares com­pe­ti­tion. Reg­u­lar driver Mark Bradley will hold the lines at 3-1 odds Satur­day evening.

JASON SIM­MONDS/TC MEDIA

Si Se­malu has the rail for the 47th run­ning of the Gover­nor’s Plate at Red Shores at Summerside Race­way on Satur­day night. The Gover­nor’s Plate fea­tures a $22,000 purse.

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