Classy field for Republic Cup

A classy field of nine runners have lined up for the $50 000 grade three Republic Cup race set for Borrowdale race course on Saturday.

Topping the list is Borrowdale’s horse of the moment and OK Grand Challenge winner Earl of Surrey who is holding the mantle of favourite to win this 1 900 metre race.

The Lisa Harris trained Early of Surrey topped the board as a 5/2 favourite on the opening day of betting on July 2 and is heavily tipped to take home the $30 000 set aside for the winning horse.

The second placed horse is guaranteed of $10 000 while $6 000 has been set aside for the horse in third place.

Earl of Surrey who has beaten top horses in big races in South Africa boasts of a proud record of 19 wins and six placings in 32 starts and is looking forward to add the Republic Cup to that impressive record.

The horse is well suited to the distance that even respected horse racing expert Adrian Nydam puts Earl of Surrey as his favourite though in such big racing events the form book does not count.

Apart from Earl of Surrey, Harris also throws into the field Alula Borealis, which will be ridden by Borrowdale race course resident Kevin Derere.

Harris' rival trainer, Kirk Swanson adds Captain’s Tiger, which will be ridden by Borrowdale race course regular Sherman Brown and Eight Street will have Quinton Riddle on the saddle.

It has been sometime that Captain’s Tiger made race goers happy and Swanson is hoping that after failing to win the Castle Tankard and the OK Grand Challenge, Captain’s Tiger will bounce back to the form of old and win the Republic Cup.

D’Aquino has more horses in the race than any other trainer as his stable throws onto the course Burmese Cat, Pressure, and Choisir while South African trainer Geoff Woodruff, a regular visitor and winner at Borrowdale has decided on Royal Arrow.

Gokhan Terzi with Imperial Dice completes the field for the Republic Cup but current form points to Earl of Surrey running away with the title.

Three of the horses are foreign with Eight Street and Royal Arrow having been bred in Australia while Choisir was bred in Argentina. The rest of the field is Zimbabwean.

Given a choice, I would go for Earl of Surrey, Captain’s Tiger, and Royal Arrow for my tierce betting.

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