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Supreme Soul faces stern test in Governor's Cup feature

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Having already firmly established himself as the best three-year-old currently in training, this year's 2000 Guineas winner Supreme Soul will again be put to the test when he takes on rivals in the 79th running of the $3 million Governor's Cup feature at Caymanas Park today.

Most Guineas winners normally bypass the 10-furlong (2,000m) Governor's Cup due to weight allotments, but Supreme Soul, who will be totting top weight of 57.0kgs (126 lb), seems to be a cut above his peers and should add yet another trophy to his cabinet despite the weights.

Supreme Soul, who won by two lengths in the one mile (1,600m) 2000 Guineas on April 14 in a time of 1:38.4, continued his unbeaten run this season, making it four wins on the trot. Supreme Soul was tuned to the moment for the 2000 Guineas and delivered in emphatic fashion as well.

Supreme Soul was early and simply waited to strike after the front-runners had expired and the same is expected here. Time is always the master, but going two-turns over which he has already proven himself and given still more room for progress, Supreme Soul is going to have quite a stroll in the park here.

The Governor's Cup, a native-bred three-year-old Futurity event, is the ninth race on the card with a post time of 4:55 pm. The first of 10 races is set to go off at 12:10 pm.

Supreme Soul has been beaten only once in six career starts and that was by Run Thatcher Run in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes (one mile) on Boxing Day of last year. Supreme Soul came from far behind to lose by just half-length in 1:39.1. Since that defeat, Supreme Soul has prepared immaculately and meticulously for his next races.

Supreme Soul, a half-brother to Bigdaddykool, possesses sublime talent while showing more affinity to go long, and when compared with his half-brother, has more early speed, thereby making 10 furlongs faultless at this time in his career.

Supreme Soul had already gone over two-turns when he raced in a nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m) on March 9. Supreme Soul won by 22 lengths in a time of 1:55.3, which speaks volume to his potential. For Supreme Soul to be denied here, it is going to take an out of the ordinary performance from his rivals and that, at the moment, seems unlikely.

His stable companion Earn Your Stripes, Gary Subratie's Sentient and Duke, trained by Richard Azan, should do the battle for the minor placings.

Earn your Stripes was expected to figure in the 2000 Guineas but finished a disappointing fifth 4 lengths which revealed his lack of staying power. However, Earn Your Stripes returned to the races eight days later in the 7 -furlong (1,500m) event on April 22 and made one get up, beating Legality by 3 lengths 1:32.2. Based on that rebounded win, if Earn Your Stripes can get a comfortable lead then he might just be the horse to follow the favourite home here. Earn Your Stripes goes with 53.0 kgs (117 lb).

Sentient finished third in the 2000 Guineas by 2 lengths. Sentient, who was ridden by Dane Nelson then, came on strong in the final furlong (200m) in the race only to be outdone by Supreme Soul and Toona Ciliata. With no Toona Ciliata in the race and the extended trip, Sentient could move up one place to second position. Sentient will carry 50.0 kgs (110 lb) here.

Fourth to pass the post in the 2000 Guineas was the far-striding Duke. Duke was beaten by 2 lengths, just a length behind Sentient in that race. Duke will enjoy this extended trip and should once again run a decent race. The weight Duke will carry here is 50.0 kgs (110 lb).

Of the lot, maybe Jamaica Oaks winner Princess Annie could get into the mix of things, but the others Glitter River, Tricky One, Awesome Aviator and Inspired Miracle have no place here and all will be struggling from the starting gates open.

Ones to watch:

Race 1) Mistrial/Sonofaking/Heart of Rome
Race 2) Splendid Vision/Casual Drink Nuclear Evita
Race 3) Scoobert/Ali/Raw Liquid
Race 4) Miss Formality/Kingswood Superbolt
Race 5) Hilly’s Halo/Another Vigorous/Patriarch
Race 6) Forest Rose/Union Four/Sunshine Cat
Race 7) Rambunctious Links/Clearly Ours/Indy Arazi
Race 8) Jamaican Citizen/Hot Ice/Formal Justice
Race 9) Supreme Soul/Earn Your Stripes/Sentient
Race 10) Kappone/Young Boy Eddie/Dad’s Luck


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