In keeping with our coverage of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer, I am providing analysis for the three trials being contested, Saturday-Monday. The top three finsihers of each trial advance to the final next Saturday night.
I realize not many sites carry the Gold Cup and Saucer, even less for the trials; more likely in Canada than in the States. Just the same, it will be interesting going over these races as you will no doubt recognize many of these horses. For some, the drivers may not be familiar. From what I have noticed in the past, come the final, some drivers from the WEG circuit will be heading east to drive in the race).
A live feed of the races is available here. A word of advice, you may wish to check ahead of time to see if you can access their feed because you need to have Microsoft Silverlight intalled on your laptop. You may download Silverlight from the same page. Note: Following each trial being contested, the top three finishers and the replay of each race will be posted..
Saturday, August 11, 2012 (Eve)
Charlottetown Driving Park - 12th Pace; $10,000 - Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer - Trial One
1 Arabica (Arsenault, 10-1) - Regular driver returns. Expect improvement with faster pace.
2 Its A Good Thing (John Macdonald, 8-1) - Failed against low conditioned at Ridc5/8. Must improve to be competitive.
3 Carnivore (Holmes, 12-1) - Second best in GC&S prep. Don't see him here.
4 Panmunjom (Garry Macdonald, 7-2) - Former WEG favorite been away 27 days. Is he ready?
5 Aled Hanover (Sobey, 4-1) - Blew away CDP preferred in last. Unfortunately, not the best on gait of late. Your pick.
6 Draconian (Drury, 6-1) - Two sharp qualifiers since last seen in March. May be ready to score at first asking.
7 Stonebridge Terror (Anthony Macdonald, 3-1) - Tough mile in last; rewarded with seven hole.
8 Mystician (James Macdonald, 5-2) - Winner of KD5/8 open. Best here saddled with the worst post.
Actual Results: 7-8-6 Final Time 1:52.2 (sloppy)
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Charlottetown Driving Park - 11th Pace; $10,000 - Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer - Trial Two
1 Firethorn (John Macdonald, 8-1) - Been racing top horses in Maritimes. Has credential to be a factor.
2 Amazon Art (Drury, 5-2) - Aired it out in 1:51.4 at KD5/8. Must consider.
3 Piece Of The Rock (Young, 3-1) - Meets easier and definite threat here.
4 Hare Craft (Byron, 6-1) - Not off recent jumps.
5 Wellthereyougo (Barrieau, 10-1) - Seems off form. Can't recommend.
6 Heart of Rocknroll (Smith, 7-2) - American entrant shows speed on the half.
7 All Turain (M Campbell, 4-1) - Just missed at Truro; needs trip to be close earlier.
8 Windemere Express (Stevenson, 12-1) - Can't recommend.
Actual Results: 4-2-3 Final Time 1:52.3
Monday, August 13, 2012 (Afternoon)
Charlottetown Driving Park 13th Pace; $10,000 - Sobey's Gould Cup and Saucer - Trial Three
1 Eighteen (Moore, 5-2) - Been racing in upper conditions on WEG and draws the adventagous rail.
2 Whitemountainpower (John Macdonald, 12-1) - Failed at Woodstock (NB) feature and facing tougher here. Don't see.
3 Leading Camdidate (Hughes, 8-1) - Local horse been racing in upper classes can be a surprise with the right trip.
4 Pontiac Luck (Mcnair, 3-1) - Has proven his ability on the Ontario half milers. Must be considered a top contender.
5 Straight Shooting (Drury, 10-1) - Will be hard pressed to get the early lead which should dismiss him from consideration.
6 Mcapulco (Shepherd, 7-2) - Winner of four straight since heading to the Maritimes. Needs to be up close to threaten.
7 Gd Airliner (Allard, 6-1) - Multi-dimensional horse is a threat provided he stays flat.
8 Malek Hanover (Stevenson, 4-1) - Maine invader won feature at Woodstock but rewarded with the outside post.
Actual Results: 1-5-6 Final Time 1:52.2