Governor's Plate finalists head Charlottetown card

02:38 AM 26 Jul 2014 NZST
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Corey MacPherson, harness racing
Corey MacPherson drives Narragansett
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Charlottetown PE- A pair of Governor's Plate finalists will go head-to-head in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown. Racing action gets under way at 6 p.m.

Narragansett has drawn the pole position in the Race 11 feature for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. He is one of two entries from last weeks Plate final 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 at Truro Raceway on Saturday night.

The other Plate finalist Machinthesand has drawn post 4 for Russell and Karen Noonan of Middleton, PE. Brodie MacPhee will be back in the bike for trainer Mark Bradley.

An old face will return to Red Shores Charlottetown in the feature, 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 ), Cheyenne Ford ( Post 7 ) complete the field.

Three-year-old filly Willow Warrior will look to extend her win streak to three races for owner Alby Curran, trainer Brendan Curran and driver Mark Bradley. 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 evenings 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 who 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 trotter Saulsbrook Balance will lead the trio from the rail. A winner of 44 lifetime wins, He will be handled by Willie Murphy 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.

For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca .

by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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