The Jacaranda Free Handicap, a sprint event for three-year-olds, has attracted 10 entries and will be run over 1,200 metres with Demagogue – who has been racing in South Africa – being the star attraction.
The horse, trained by Ghokan Terzi, was in South Africa racing at Turfontein during the Zimbabwe racing season break, but did not win any major competition there. However, that stint in South Africa, where horse racing is the most-competitive in Africa and one of the most competitive in the world, should be enough to give the gelding an advantage over the rest of the pack in this race.
Demagogue is one of the four geldings nominated for the $8,000 event, the others being Al Salaam, Super Good, and Rocky Road from the Bridget Stidolph yard. The race has also invited three colt nominations, Call Me Earl, and two Zimbabwean colts â€“ Slick and Tandava from the Amy Bronkhorst and Terzi stables respectively.
There are three fillies in the form of Fashion World, Duffiâ€™s Call, and Betula Uber, who complete the list of the 10 horses nominated for the event with the chances being that the final field could even have fewer horses.
Principled Man – also under the Terzi yard and also travelled to South Africa during the off-season, has also been nominated for the Merit Rated 85 Handicap, where he faces stiff challenge from the on-fire Pegwell Bay and the seasoned Thriller-in-Manila, who have also been suggested for the 1,100-metre sprint.
Pegwell Bay is in top form, but there is also the threat of Newton Power who, after an impressive year as a three-year-old, has gone through a period of gradual decline. Power, coincidentally under Terzi, will be hoping to recapture the form of 2013, which made him the young horse to beat during the season.
All in all, there is $50,000 in stake money set aside for the seven races lined up for the day by the Mashonaland Turf Club.Post published in: Sport