2010 Governors Cup Final Field & Preview

2010 Governors Cup Final Field & Preview

This Saturday night while Harold Park hosts a heated round of second qualifiers for the coveted WATPAC Inter Dominion, WA’s Gloucester Park is also set to host a great pacing feature, the $50, 000 Group 2 Governors Cup.

Nine top pacers are set to start in the 2130m mobile start feature including  the top three placegetters in last Friday night’s Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup – Talk To Me Courage, Spiritwithin and Spirit Of Shard.

Talk To Me Courage and Spirit Of Shard are both trained by prolific horseman Gary Hall Snr. and both have drawn wide for the Governor’s Cup.

The consistent Spirit Of Shard will start from barrier seven while the highly fancied Courage Under Fire gelding Talk To Me Courage is on the far outside in ten.

The top pick in the 2010 Governor’s Cup is the brilliant Tony Svilicich-trained Has The Answers. The champion seven-year-old Legacy Of Power gelding is coming off a last start victory in the Chinese New Year Cup and also has a recent Group 1 Australian Pacing Championship win up his sleeve. He will jump from barrier six with driver Chris Lewis on Saturday night as he attempts his 16th win from 32 starts at Gloucester Park over his favoured 2130m distance.

Has The Answer is sure to start as the odds-on favourite in the event, and if he lives up to expectations as the powerful pacer looks ready to do, he will become the first favourite to take out the Governor’s Cup after three failed favourites in the last three years.

If successful, it will be Chris Lewis’ first win in the Cup too following a string of unsuccessful runs in the past three years that included two seconds with Earl Of Locksley and No Blue Manna and a sixth with Smooth Crusa last year.

Drawn ideally in barriers one and two are Kinneys Gold and the in-form Arma Harris coming off two successive victories – both worth keeping an eye on for a place here.

The 2010 Governor’s Cup is scheduled as race seven on the night’s cracker ten race card and is programmed to start at 8:45pm.

2010 Governors Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:

Br.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

1 09922
KINNEYS GOLD
L M Marriott Geoff Marriott C13 M3
2 23211
ARMA HARRIS
R A Olivieri Colin Brown C13 M4
3 s7s74
LIVELY ROYCE (NZ)
J R Graham Justin Prentice C13 M3
4 52156
TEALSBY KARITA
P V Willis Kim Prentice C21 M8
5 80002
SPIRITWITHIN
P J Fletcher Aldo Cortopassi C11 M4
6 51191
HAS THE ANSWERS
T Svilicich Chris Lewis C27 M13
7 42333
SPIRIT OF SHARD (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Gary Hall Jnr. C20 M8
8 00827
NICKELMELDON
R A Olivieri Kyle Harper C11 M4
9 25821
TALK TO ME COURAGE (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Shayne Cramp C16 M7