Zimbabwe Guineas up for the taking

The Grade 3 Zimbabwe Guineas will see 14 horses in the run to take over from Approval Rating as champion of the first leg of the Triple Crown, to be run over 1,600 metres at Borrowdale race-course on Sunday.

Approval Rating, who won the race as a three-year-old last season, is not part of the field and that means the Zimbabwe Guineas crown will go to a new horse this season. Also missing will be defending Zimbabwe Guineas champion trainer, Kenyan Nuno Nur, who has returned to his homeland after a two-season campaign at Borrowdale.

The nominated field includes five Zimbabwean-bred horses, including Parliamentarian from champion trainer Lisa Harris, who fields only two horses, the other being Captain of Industry.

Alyson Wright fields three entrants- Heron Boy, Little Bird and Mattox Eye. Not to be outdone is Princess Kate from the Ghokan Terzi stable, seeking her first major title of the season, after disappointing in the Champion Fillies Stakes.

There is also a new entrant from the trainers’ stable in the form of Corne Spies, who is banking on South African horse, Hawksworth, for the championship that carries stake money of $9,000 and is the second event in a day that features eight races.

Apart from Princes Kate, Terzi has the highest number of horses in the event with Let’s Fly High, Porterhouse and Their First Song.

Swanson, who finished second in the trainers’ table behind Harris and just above Terzi is looking forward for the top trainers’ title this season around and fields two horses. The former Zimbabwe trainers’ champion has two horses in the race – Ernie Or Else and Stirling Road.

Sebastien D’Aquino completes the trainers’ line up with Temple Run and Rebel At Hear. Although most of these horses come to the Zimbabwe Guineas in their first year of racing at Borrowdale, Heron Boy has already tested success, having won the 1,800-metre Maiden Plate, while Porterhouse won the 1,300-metre Maiden Plate.

Princess Kate came second to Casey’s Dance in the 1,600-metre All To Come Fillies Classic making the Zimbabwe Guineas distance suitable for her.

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