Tomorrow’s Ten Furlong feature, The Governor’s Cup, is one of the most popular on the 3yo calendar as the conditions of the event closely resemble a handicap.  As such, it has become known as “The Poor Man’s Derby” since it gives some of the second tier classic hopefuls a chance.

This renewal is no different as a full field of 16 will face the starter with the ante-post favourite All Correct, 2nd in the 2,000 Guineas under an atrocious ride appears to be handicapped out of the event with 57kg and has received a poor draw to boot.  He must be opposed.

The short list includes:

#3 Great Like That:    4 races as a 2yo established that sort of trip would be his forte especially when, on his 4th outing, he was staying on very well and just failed to catch Tantaloo in a 1500m maiden race.  Before that he had been only 1 1/4l in 2nd behind Uncle Donny in a one mile maiden.

Put away after that for a 3yo campaign, he reappeared on January 28 treated with first time Lasix and immediately released the maiden certificate again picking up the bit late and staying on over a mile.  He was all of 8 lengths in arrears at the quarter pole and so travelled over the final quarter in a remarkable 27.3 on a slow track.  He carried 56kg that day and only 52kg today.  He was very one paced when soundly beaten by Prince Andrew  on a fast track next time out.  After that, he was too highly tried (Prince Consort and 2000 Guineas) but returned to 3yonw2 and again showed his staying power over 1820m closing 5l in the final quarter.

He will always be best on a slow track coming off a strong early gallop and this step up to 2000m will be right up his street.  He will be staying on up the lane past some weaker finishers and should pick up at least a place.

#4 Prince Andrew:      Seemed to be headed in the 3yo pecking order only by Uncle Donny and All Correct before running below form on last 2 outings.  The headgear is removed here but he won two races and finished less than a length behind Uncle Donny in the visor so it’s hard to understand why this move is made now.  He improved for the fitting of a tongue strap for his second win but it was removed next time out when he was also victimized by the draw when disappointing in the Prince Consort.  He’s a half brother to Derby 2nd/St Leger 3rd Sterofabulous (by Royal Minister) and confirmed multiple winning stayers Royal Blast (also by Royal Minister) and Quick Medic (by The Medic) so guaranteed on pedigree to stay the trip.  Working brilliantly in the tongue strap since flopping big time in the Guineas and the 14 time Champion Trainer must be trusted that he will be brought to this wicket cherry ripe.  Likely to benefit from a more patient ride from Aaron Chatrie and could prove very, very hard to beat.

#6 Philistia:        The best of the fillies and it’s very hard to see Star Flyer reversing the Oaks form on identical weight conditions here.  She stays the trip but gave the impression in the Oaks that she may well be best suited by shorter.  She did run the last quarter of the Oaks in 28.2’ and now carries 7kg less but, against the boys, she should find others finishing even better.

#8 Fancy Pants: A most intriguing entry who has improved markedly treated with lasix for his last two starts winning a maiden on May 7 before following up with a smart effort, finishing like a runaway train in sloppy conditions to close 6l in the final furlong of a 9f nw2 and win by all of 3l.  His dam Sakena is out of a half sister to a Stakes winner in the U.S. and he clearly has more to come so should be highly dangerous if reproducing his nw2 form on a dry track.

#10 Raging Prospect: he has improved by leaps and bounds stepped up in trip on the last two occasions and gets first time lasix now so he must be feared.  The switch from apprentices Conrad Ellis and Arthur Budhu to 4 time champion Jockey Omar Walker is a most eye-catching jockey booking.  Walker seeks back-to-back wins in this race.

The three to concentrate on are PRINCE ANDREW, Fancy Pants and Raging Prospect with the proven class and stamina of the selection expected to make the difference.




The Lotto Sprint Trophy over 1100m will be a test of pure speed between imported phenom Blast Them Away and horse of the year SAINT CECELIA.  There are question marks against both as Blast Them Away looks to be best suited by 1400m+ while SAINT CECELIA tends to need her reappearance run each season.  This race will be won at the gate.  If the flying filly hesitates, as she sometimes does, and takes too much time to warm to her task, she will be beaten.  However, she is the one with the genuine speed in the race and is just preferred to her younger, less speedy opponent.


Good Luck!




  1. Rog Says:

    please put Sirmandi in your exacta’s

    Sirmandi, Fancy Pants…Merry Christmas everybody!

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