MTC changes race card

The Mashonaland Turf Club has made race card changes aimed at avoiding back-to-back meetings and maximising on the field sizes.

Instead of having races on January 11 and January 18, the second race meeting will now be held on 26 January. Both meetings will have eight races on the cards, with the January 11 meeting featuring two Maiden Plate races and the Merit Rated 70 Handicap race, which will also be held on January 26.

All other races scheduled for this year would go ahead as indicated. The Guineas Trial, pencilled for January 11, will be the pick of the crop, with stakes money of $9,000. The other races lined up have stake money of $7,500.

Trainer Lisa Harries has declared the highest number of horses, with seven for the 1,600 metre event: Casey Dance, Demitasse, Ivory Lace, Lucky Sam, Maturin, Parliamentarian and Picadillo.

Demitasse, Ivory Lace, Parliamentarian and Picadillo are Zimbabwean. Of the 15 nominations for the race, Ghokan Terzi contributes Eclipse of the Heart, Mint Julep and Oh My Gosh. Kirk Swanson and Sebastien D’ Aquino have two horses each Ernie Or Else, Stirling Road, Rebel of the Heart and Temple Run.

Amy Bronkhorst rounds up the field with one contribution, Milady. The Fillies Classic and the Hachiman Sprint will form part of the January 26 field. The main feature race for the day will be the Pinnacle Plate 105 to be run over 1,600 metres.

Most of the female horses like Bo Jally, Double Date, Equina, Mothers Eyes, Pretty Senorita, Cheating Heart, Solar Impulse, Gentle Brook, Armstrong Girl, Des Moines and Happygetslucky will contest the 1,600 metre Fillies Classic.

Four of these top female horses, Pretty Senorita, Cheating Heart, Solar Impulse, and Happygetslucky are Zimbabwe bred while the rest are from South Africa.

This is the build up to the Grade Two and Grade Three races like the Castle Tankard, the OK Grand Challenge and the Republic Cup which have very high stake monies, ranging from $40 000 to $50 000 and attract thousands of race goers to Borrowdale.

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