06/14/2010 11:00PM

Six from Plate Trial headed to Queen's Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - It would seem that the vast majority of the participants in last Sunday's Plate Trial will be heading on to the Queen's Plate.

In addition to one-two finishers Big Red Mike and Mobilizer, the trainers of Mobthewarrior, Giant's Tomb, Ghost Fleet, and D's Wando plan to swing back in the July 4 Queen's Plate.

Mobthewarrior, making just his second start of the season in the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial, raced well while being beaten 2 1/4 lengths as the third-place finisher.

"It was a great performance," said trainer Greg De Gannes, who had sent out Mobthewarrior to finish second in a restricted first-level allowance at seven furlongs in his only previous appearance this season. "He ran out of his skin, and came back great. I'm looking forward to July 4."

Giant's Tomb, trained by Mark Frostad, ended a half-length behind Mobthewarrior in fourth.

"That was perfect," said Frostad, noting that Giant's Tomb had a wide trip. "Another eighth of a mile puts him right there with that group."

Ghost Fleet and D's Wando, who had finished three-quarters of a length apart as the two-three finishers in the seven-furlong Queenston, had just a neck between them when sixth and seventh in the Plate Trial.

Racing for just the second time this year, Ghost Fleet failed to menace under new rider Luis Contrera.

"He never ran a jump," said trainer Sid Attard. "He ran with blinkers, and the jockey said he was trying to look around, listening to horses."

Attard, who had equipped Ghost Fleet with the blinkers for the first time in the Queenston, said the colt will run without the equipment in the Queen's Plate.

D's Wando, who had finished second in the six-furlong Achievement, was making his third appearance of the season and also failed to threaten.

"The race just didn't set up for him," said trainer Ian Black. "There was no pace."

Captain Canuck finished fifth in the Plate Trial, beaten by 4 1/2 lengths, and his Queen's Plate prospects will be discussed by trainer Josie Carroll, owner Earle Mack, and racing manager Aaron Cohen over the next couple of weeks.

"Obviously, the race seems to have been an improvement," said Cohen. "But, he's still very green. He's immature, physically and mentally.

Hollinger, who wound up beaten 14 1/2 lengths when ending last of eight as the 7-5 Trial favorite, probably is no longer under consideration for the Queen's Plate.

Trainer Roger Attfield suspects that something is amiss with Hollinger but no cause for his disappointing performance has been detected.