Captain’s Tiger leads Independence race

Captain’s Tiger, Zimbabwe’s top horse for 2013, leads the race for the $9,000 Independence Trophy, to be run over 1,600 metres at the Borrowdale Race Course on Sunday.

The seven-year-old finished third in the Castle Tankard – behind South Africa’s A King Is Born and Ginepri , and second in the OK Grand Challenge behind Argentina-bred Ginepri.

The Independence Trophy distance suits Captain’s Tiger, who has a proud record in events ranging from 1,600 to 2,000 metres. His record at Borrowdale has been impressive. He won 10 of his first 34 runs, and was placed in 21 of those competitions. This means the horse failed to get a placing in only three of those races.

This is perfection by any sporting standards. Trained by Kirk Swanson, he will be ridden by stable jockey Sherman Brown, a companion in all the past successes. Brown is a seasoned campaigner at Borrowdale and should be able to guide Captain’s Tiger to at least a placing.

He is unlikely to have it easy though, against an array of other horses who have won top races this season. Ginepri, Fillies Champion Equina, Bloodstock, South African champion Lucky Sam and 2012 Triple Crown winner, Madigan are also in the race.

The trainers, jockeys and horses will use the Independence Trophy to prepare for the Castle Tankard, to be held on May 10. The day will also feature the Juvenile Plate, two Maiden Plates, the Novice Plate, the Merit Rated Handicap 60, and the Merit Rated 80 Handicap.

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