19 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Horse Racing Resume At Borrowdale Tomorrow

AFTER a false start last weekend, horse racing is expected to return to Borrowdale race track tomorrow with the staging of two feature races in the form of the Guineas Trial and the Hachiman Sprint.

The two races were deferred from last Sunday due to the poor condition of the track, caused by the rains.

The Guineas Trial is coming in as race seven and has attracted a field of six three-year-old runners for the 1 600m sprint.

Trainer Kirk Swanson saddles in the three-year-old King Kahal (1) who will have Quinton Riddle on board and is considered a big runner for this race.

Francois Herholdt will take the ride on Mighty Sha (4) who seems to be the on the way up and should be one to watch.

Young trainer Gokhan Terzi brings in Monterey Bay (2) who ran a close race to King Kahal in the last sprint of the year on December 15.

Now Monterey Bay could be out to make amends as the Seb D'aquino yard are hoping to get a place through Tiger Who (3).

Lance Pagel will reunite with the equine athlete after Herdolt took a ride on the last sprint.

Fashion Police (5), who had a splendid start on his debut, could cause all sorts of problems for the other runners.

Gavin Lerena has opted to take a ride while the last runner on the card is Do Me Right who is coming from a 172-day rest.

The Hachiman Sprint, over 1 100m, has seven runners accepting to go to the starting stalls and is coming as race nine.

This race is open to all horses that have won at least once and one-time winners should carry 50kgs.

Nine Tail Cat (7), with one win, has the least number of victories in the field and will be partnered by South African jockey Juan Paul Van De Merwe while the filly Red Ski (6) has Brendon Mcnaughton and could use the light weight to her advantage.

Leading trainer Lisa Harris has Alula Borealis and the chestnut gelding romped to victory on his last race and could be one to beat in this field. Last year's winner of the Hachiman Sprint, Philippian by Terzi is back to defend the crown after resting for 202 days.

The last event on the card is the Gazaland Tote Pinnacle Plate with a field of 12 horses while the biggest field has entered for the Lotto Fantasyland Handicap 1 100m.

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