06/17/2008 11:00PM

Not Bourbon tunes up with drill

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Not Bourbon, following the same pattern that led to victory in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial on June 1, breezed four furlongs in 46.60 seconds here Wednesday morning.

Regular rider Jono Jones was aboard for Not Bourbon's drill, in which he was caught in 22.40 seconds for his opening quarter and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40.

Not Bourbon had breezed four furlongs in 46.20 four days prior to his Plate Trial success.

"It was very good; just a routine type of work for him," said Roger Attfield, who will saddle Not Bourbon for owner-breeder Charles Fipke in Sunday's $1 million, 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

"He did it very easily," Attfield said. "He was totally recovered by the time he got back to the tunnel" leading from the main track to the backstretch.

Not Bourbon, a neck winner over Solitaire in the Plate Trial, could rule as a slight favorite in the Queen's Plate, but there also will be plenty of support for Solitaire and the filly Ginger Brew.

In other Queen's Plate developments:

* Solitaire, who is based at Saratoga with trainer James Bond, arrived back at Woodbine early Wednesday afternoon.

The Plate Trial was just the second career start for Solitaire, whose only previous outing was a closing third-place finish in a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Gulfstream on April 14.

Robert Landry, who rode Solitaire for the first time that day, retains the mount.

* Ginger Brew, who will be swinging back just two weeks after winning the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks by an emphatic six lengths, put a little extra into her exercise here Wednesday.

"She had a good extended gallop, and we let her pick it up the last part," said Brian Lynch, who trains Ginger Brew for Stronach Stable. "I wasn't going to breeze her between races."

Ginger Brew's regular exercise rider, whose name also is Brian Lynch, was in the irons.

Javier Castellano again has the call on Ginger Brew.

* Lynch, the exercise rider, also galloped Jungle Brew, Stronach Stable's other Queen's Plate hopeful.

Jungle Brew, a maiden, has started just twice, with his latest a closing second-place finish in a 1 1/8-mile maiden race here June 1.

"It's always a bit of an ask, going into the Queen's Plate in your third start, as a maiden," said Lynch, the trainer. "But, other than my filly, I wouldn't trade places with anybody else."

Eibar Coa picks up the mount on Jungle Brew.