In­vic­tus Hanover favoured against deep pac­ing group

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - By Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores.

Tonight’s fea­ture race prom­ises to be a lively one at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park as it is jam-packed with top pac­ers who just met in Gover­nor’s Plate elim­i­na­tion two weeks ago in Summerside.

Tonight’s 12-dash card gets un­der­way at 6 p.m. with the fea­tured pace cap­ping off the card in the fi­nale.

In­vic­tus Hanover gets re­spect as the favourite from Post 6 with Ja­son Hughes train­ing and driv­ing for Foxy­hall Rac­ing of Wal­lace, N.S. The six-year-old son of Yan­kee Cruiser was a fifth-place fin­isher in the re­cent Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal pac­ing in 1:55.3, a time that puts him in full con­tention with tonight’s ri­vals.

Fel­low Hughes-trainee, Jeb, is fresh off a 1:55.1 vic­tory and gets the ser­vices of Kenny Arse­nault in the bike tonight while Smiley Bayama has Post 2 for train­er­driver Ron Gass. Not a sin­gle horse can be dis­counted in the field as Give Em Heck has pre­vi­ously de­feated this group and gets the ser­vices of Brian MacPhee from Post 1. MacPhee’s daugh­ter, Am­byr Campbell, gets the catch driv­ing call on Trevor Hicken-trainee Ad­kins Hanover with Post 3, For­ever Par­adise is re­united with Mike McGuigan from Post 4 while Per­fect Es­cape has post 5 for Gordie Hen­nessey.

Ea­gle Jolt has been ul­tra con­sis­tent this year with Ryan Des­roche pick­ing up the drive with trainer Marc Campbell rac­ing near Truro, N.S.

Race an­a­lyst Les MacIsaac likes In­vic­tus Hanover’s chances.

“While this is a nice group, they’re not quite up to the level of his usual op­po­si­tion,” MacIsaac said. “The post might curb your en­thu­si­asm and while we’d pre­fer to see him on front, he’s got the ver­sa­til­ity to han­dle any style so he gets top billing.”

Summerside

A com­pact group of five will con­test Sun­day’s fea­tured pace at Red Shores at the Summerside Race­way and the open­ing quar­ter is sure to be lively.

Post time is 1 p.m. for the 12dash card.

Machinthe­sand has rail con­trol and the nod from clas­si­fier Gerard Smith as the morn­ing line choice in the $2,250 Race 11 top class. Ken Mur­phy drives the pacer for trainer Hughie Mur­phy and Summerside own­ers Noon Hold­ings Ltd. and Rus­sell and Karen Noo­nan.

The eight-year-old son of Mach Three was vic­to­ri­ous in this class the last time he had rail con­trol, but this week he has to con­tend with the fron­trun­ning Mi­nor Wis­dom from Post 2 with Wade Sor­rie in the bike for Kristina McCourt of Kens­ing­ton.

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