Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal re­match

Do Over Hanover, Crom­bie A in CDP fea­ture race

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The top-two fin­ish­ers from this year’s Gover­nor’s Plate fi­nal are back in ac­tion Satur­day night.

First-race post time for the 14-dash pro­gram at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park is 6 p.m., with 2017 Gover­nor’s Plate-cham­pion Do Over Hanover leav­ing from Post 6 in the $2,400 Race 13 pre­ferred pace.

Mike McGuigan will drive for trainer Chris MacKay and own­ers Al­lard Rac­ing Inc., of Saint-Esprit, Que., Red Isle Rac­ing of North Granville and Steven MacRae of Ver­non Bridge.

The four-year-old son of West­ern Ideal brings a fiver­ace win­ning streak but has not made a start since win­ning the Plate fi­nal in 1:53.2 on July 15.

Crom­bie A was sec­ond that night, but has since raced on July 22, win­ning the $7,500 Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup fi­nal at Truro Race­way in Nova Sco­tia in a track-record per­for­mance of 1:52.4. Adam Merner gets the driv­ing call from Post 7 for trainer Earl Watts and own­ers Kapildeo Singh of Yor­town Heights, N.Y., and Al­lard Rac­ing.

Race an­a­lyst Les MacIsaac gives the nod to Do Over Hanover from Post 6.

“Do Over Hanover ar­rived on the Is­land in the midst of a three-race win­ning streak, and he’s since ex­tended that to five,” MacIsaac said. “With tons of early speed to his in­side, he’ll have to come from off the pace, but he’s shown he’s got the ver­sa­til­ity to han­dle any style. Top billing.”

Other en­tries in­clude Elm Grove Ka­boom (Earl Smith), Ad­kins Hanover (Kenny Arse­nault), For­ever Par­adise (Wal­ter Chev­erie), Good Fri­day Three (Gordie Hen­nessey) and DGs Camme (Gilles Bar­rieau).

Race 10 fea­tures the $2,250 open pac­ing mares, with a field of eight top mares as­sem­bled. Shad­ows Mys­tery gets the nod as the morn­ing-line favourite in the ab­sence this week of peren­nial open win­ner Ram­blinglily.

Bar­rieau drives Shad­ows Mys­tery for trainer Jackie Mathe­son and owner Gordie Ford. Other top en­tries this week in­clude Dixie Lul­laby (Chev­erie) and Pret­tyn­dan­ger­ous (Merner).

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