KINGSTON, Jamaica – Nine horses face Mr Starter tomorrow in the annual renewal of the 10-furlong (2,000 metres) Governor’s Cup. Here is a look at these nine starters by the Quickgallop.com team and their chances of winning this coveted three-year-old race open to colts, geldings and fillies.
DUKE – Gave a bold effort in the 2000 Guineas and might have finished even better than fourth in that race if he did not have a troubled passage in the last furlong and a half. Duke has prepared really well for his engagement tomorrow and we may well have not seen the best of this one as yet. A capital effort is expected.
GLITTER RIVER – Need more time against these.
TRICKY ONE – Slowly coming into form but is not ready as yet.
SENTIENT – Ran his heart out in the 2000 Guineas and has shown a tendency for the longer distances. Sentient is a fighter and fight he must in this race against probably the best three-year-old in training at this time. He has been well and truly prepared by his trainer and only a strong winning effort is going to be acceptable.
SUPREME SOUL - The leading three-year-old at present. Supreme Soul is unbeaten in four starts this season with his latest victory coming in the 2000 Guineas over one mile (1,600m) in a time of 1:38.4. Supreme Soul seems to be better suited going long and two-turns is just the right journey for him. Supreme Soul will be using this as a mere stepping stone for his bigger assignment which is the Jamaica Derby next month. The Governor’s Cup should be a walk in the park.
AWESOME AVIATOR – Is going to find his eight rivals too hot to handle.
EARN YOUR STRIPES – Almost sure to lead and it is going to be for the rest to catch him, if they can. The only question surrounding the chances of Earn Your Stripes is whether or not he will be able to effectively get 10 furlongs? We will all see tomorrow.
INSPIRED MIRACLE – Out of his league.
PRINCESS ANNIE - After a fifth-place finish by 7 lengths behind I Am One in the 1000 Guineas, Princess Annie turned around her form and romped home easily by 3 ¼ in the Jamaica Oaks over 10 furlongs, making her the only horse in this race to win going so long. While it was a good win by Princess Annie in the Oaks, her final time of 2:13.2 was very slow and she will have to improve a lot to have a shot against the boys.