Invictus Hanover favoured against deep pacing group
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.”
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.