Supreme Soul lands Governor's Cup
Anthony Nunes' 2000 Guineas winner, SUPREME SOUL, on Saturday chased down lightweight SENTIENT to win the 10-furlong Governor's Cup with topweight 126lb at Caymanas Park, confirming his status as Triple Crown favourite ahead of next month's Jamaica Derby at 12 furlongs.
A half-brother to 2016 Governor's Cup winner, BIGDADDYKOOL, SUPREME SOUL launched his attack off the home turn on his stablemate, EARN YOUR STRIPES, and Gary Subratie's SENTIENT, who he outbattled in tbe last furlong to by three-quarter length.
SUPREME SOUL handed jockey Shane Ellis a two-timer, denying Subratie and leading rider Christopher Mamdeen separate three-timers on the 10-race card. Ellis had earlier opened the programme aboard 1-5 favourite, MISTRIAL, at five-furlong round.
Mamdeen moved to 41 wins with NUCLEAR EVITA and ANOTHER VIGOROUS to go six clear of fellow apprentice Reyan Lewis, who, along with third-place, Omar Walker, remained on 35 and 31 winners, respectively, both going winless on the card.
Subratie posted back-to-back winners, NUCLEAR EVITA and ALI, in the second and third races.
Champion jockey Anthony Thomas rode two winners, ALI in the third and CLEARLY OURS in the seventh, maintaining fourth position on 25 wins in the riders' standings.