Of the 91 entries, 28 of the horses are from Zimbabwe including Ghokan Terzi’s Solar Impulse, Kirk Swanson’s Mighty Sha and Lisa Harris’ Forty One who have been entered for the 1 800 metre Merit Rated 75 Handicap which has a stake money of $7 500.
The race also features bitter rivals Double Date from the Sebastien D’Aquino yard and Bo Jally which hails from the stable of Amy Bronkhorst who finished second and third respectively in the Champion Fillies Stakes that was won by Equina.
The favourite for the race though is the seasoned Royal Arrow another of Sebastien D’Aquino’s fielding. The Australian bred six year old brown gelden is suited to the distance after finishing first over the same distance when placed at 3/1 at the closing of betting the last time around.
Although D’Aquino is still to declare the jockey for Royal Arrow, this son of Royal Academy from the Maroon Goose Syndicate is likely to be partnered with stable jockey Brendon McNaughton.
Royal Arrow which was bred by the Rheinwoon Pastoral in New South Wales, Australia, has partnered McNaughton in his two last races over 1 450 metres and 1 600 metres finishing fourth in both events.
D’Aquino also sends out Mr Indigo in the same race.
There are seven South African horses in the race, one of them Calling All Angels from the Kirk Swanson family. Lisa Harris has Butler Yearts, Gavin MacLeod fields Dutchess Trenton, while Ghokan Terzi sends out Just Knock.
The names of the other Zimbabwean horses fielded in the Merit Rated 70 Handicap are of interest. There is Chando, Kiabella, and Marumbala, in the race that will be run 1 300 metres.Post published in: Sport