Governor's Plate finalists to clash tonight at CDP

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A pair of Governor’s Plate finalists will go head-to-head in tonight’s feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Action gets under way at 6 p.m.

Narragansett has drawn the pole position in Race 11 for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S.

He is one of two entries from last week’s Plate final in Summerside taking part in the preferred pace.

Trainer Jason Hughes has handed the lines back to Corey MacPherson this week.

Hughes, Charlottetown’s leading driver, has prior driving commitments tonight at Truro Raceway.

The other Plate finalist in the field, Machinthesand, has drawn Post 4 for Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton.

Brodie MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley.

An old face will return to the CDP in the feature as former Gold Cup and Saucer starter Pacific Oak leaves from Post 6 for Shirley and Kerry House of Ontario.

Anthony Stymest is the new trainer and Ken Murphy will drive.

Balanchine (Post 2), Eagle Jolt (Post 3), Windfall Blue Chip (Post 5) and Cheyenne Ford (Post 7) complete the field.

Three-year-old filly Willow Warrior, driven by Bradley, will look to extend her winning streak to three races for owner Alby Curran and trainer Brendan Curran.

It won’t be easy for the filly, who hasn’t missed a top-two finish this season.

She has drawn Post 3 in the evening’s finale.

Sterling Seelster, Post 1, will look to get back to his winning ways.

The grey gelding has been listed as the morning-line favourite, and shows consistent miles on the 1:57 range for owner Marie Cameron of Summerside.

Walter Cheverie picks up the catch-driving call from trainer Doug MacGregor.

Charlottetown kingpin Marc Campbell took the drive on the two-entry J V S Ring over Sterling Seelster. Fresh off a three-length victory in 1:58.3, J V S Ring is one of Campbell’s 11 drives on the 12-dash card.

Three Cindy MacDonald-trainees will line up behind the gate in the fourth-race trot. Veteran Saulsbrook Balance will lead the trio from the rail.

A winner of 44 lifetime wins, Willie Murphy will handle Saulsbrook Balance for co-owners MacDonald and Tanya MacKinnon.

Right next door is Diamond Mine from Post 2.

Young gun Jack Panting will do the driving for the same connections.

The third member of the team has drawn the outside Post 6.

Tymal Tyme, owned by Tessa MacKinnon, will get Brian MacPhee above the wheels.

Duchess Ofnormanby (K. Murphy), J K Queen (Walter Cheverie) and Howmacs Pride (Campbell) round out the compact field.  

Compiled by Bo Ford of Red Shores;

Organizations: Shirley and Kerry House of Ontario, Diamond Mine

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown

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