Horse Racing

Will there be magic in the air?

BY OBSERVER RACING
WRITER

Friday, September 21, 2018

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THE 2018 running of the Governor General Stakes set for tomorrow at Caymanas Park has been whittled down to just five starters. Yet, the 10-furlong event has enough to provide racing fans with a most competitive offering.

Topping the headline is recent winner of The Viceroy Stakes (nine furlongs) the Anthony Nunes trained Houdini's Magic. With the departure of Will In Charge from the eight provisionally entered, the weights have been brought up, propelling Houdini's Magic to the top with 126 lb (57.0 kgs).

Houdini's Magic finished fourth on August 25 in the PM Stakes over the same distance as tomorrow's race beaten by Will In Charge, Superluminal and Perfect Neighbour.

If Houdini's Magic is allowed to lead unmolested his chances of winning are greatly enhanced and with no front riding jockey Wesley Henry back in the saddle after missing two rides, Houdini's Magic is almost sure to be in front from the off, after which the known run-on horses are going to struggle to catch him.

Superluminal ran really well when finishing two-and-a-half lengths behind Will In Charge recently. He recently won over 10-furlongs in Overnight and despite moving up, against these tough and resilient competitors he is going to have a strong say in the outcome of the GG Stakes. Superluminal will probably sit close to the pace before making his move about three to four furlongs out.

Perfect Neighbour is slowly rounding into some good form but is certainly not the force of yester year. Yet, he likes going long, in fact, the longer the better, and if he can stay close enough to the leaders then he can be very effective with his predictable burst in the stretch. Despite his eight years, Perfect Neighbour cannot be discarded from the reckoning.

Hover Craft, another oldster from the Wayne DaCosta stables, returned after a break and won coming down the five straight in upset fashion. Hover Craft is another of those tough competitors but against these going 10 furlongs he has a mountain to climb. As usual, Hover Craft will be at his best coming from behind in his attempt to win this stakes race.

Dysfunctional races for the second time in eight days.

He got a break of sorts, and on Saturday last looking a picture, Dysfunctional took apart rivals going six-and-a-half furlongs at the Overnight Allowance level. He will not be unduly perturbed about the distance of tomorrow's race and may well be the one to provide competition for Houdini's Magic on the headlines.

A good, competitive race is at hand with nearly all the factors pointing to Houdini's Magic.

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