The 'Bulldozer' is now the 'Governor' but only just

Supreme Soul gets up in time to beat a dogged Sentient in three-year-old Futurity

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, May 26, 2019

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He is called the “Bulldozer” by his jockey Shane Ellis and that is exactly what Supreme Soul (Soul Warrior – Beware Baby) and his rider did, as he bulldozed his way with a strong late surge to catch a determined and never say die, Sentient (Christopher Mamdeen) to win the 79th running of the $3 million Governor's Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Despite toting top weight of 57.0kgs (126 lb) in the native-bred three-year-old Futurity event over 10 furlongs (2,000m), and giving away as much as 15 lb to Sentient, Supreme Soul, who was sent off as the 4-5 favourite, was still able to conquer rivals, emphatically winning by three parts of a length to keep his unbeaten record in place this season moving to five wins from as many starts.

Stable companions of Supreme Soul, Tricky One (50.0 kgs) was a length and three quarters adrift in third with Earn Your Stripes completing the frame in the nine-horse field.

Deo Maharaj representing listed owner Chevan Maharaj, who was winning his first Governor's Cup shared his thoughts after another supreme performance by his three-year-old chestnut colt.

“Winning the 2000 Guineas and now Governor's Cup, I can tell you that I am a very happy man now. This was just a brilliant run by Supreme Soul who carried the big weight here,” he said.

It was trainer Anthony Nunes' fifth hold on the Governor's Cup, having saddled Terremoto (Charles Hussey) in 1998, II Caimano (Ameth Robles) in 2007, It Is I (Carlton Malcolm) in 2008 and Bigdaddykool (Linton Steadman) in 2016.

Nunes was not at the track as he is overseas and did not witness live, the inspiring run by his charge.

For former champion jockey Shane Ellis, it was his third win in the Governor's Cup as he has already scored with All Correct for trainer Wayne DaCosta in 2012 and Talented Tony K for trainer Lorne Kirlew in 2014.

Ellis known as the “Canter Man” did not mince his words in the post-race interview with this newspaper.

“Well, I having been telling all those who wanted to listen that this horse is special and now that he has gotten over this race where he allowed weight to all his rivals, it is going to be simply a case of by how much he wins the Derby in June.

“He is a “bulldozer” who hasn't hit his best as yet,” a thoroughly convinced Ellis told the Sunday Observer.

Earn Your Stripes (Anthony Thomas) led the field past the stands for the first time into the Clubhouse turn with Sentient and Supreme Soul chasing.

The top three maintained their steady gallop down the backstretch until navigating the half-mile (800m) when Earn Your Stripes who was held back quite a bit by his jockey and Sentient began to pull away from Supreme Soul, who was under strong urging and whipping from Ellis.

Turning for home a brave Sentient took over from Earn Your Stripes, and set about trying to win this Futurity. It was then that Supreme Soul changed his lead and began to get rolling, with Ellis keeping his mount well balanced on the outside and before edging away in the end to claim the victory.

The winning time was 2:08.2 with splits of 24.1 x 50.0 x 1:14.2 x 1:40.2. Supreme Soul is a product of HAM STABLES Ltd.

Ellis had earlier rode Mistrial to victory in the first race for a two-timer on the 10-race card.

Also, with two winners were trainer Gary Subratie and jockeys Christopher Mamdeen and Anthony Thomas. Subraite saddled Nuclear Evita (Christopher Mamdeen) in the second race and Ali (Anthony Thomas) in the third race. Mamdeen's other winner was Another Vigorous in the fifth race, while Thomas was successful on Clearly Ours in the seventh race.

Racing continues next Saturday.

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