Demitase takes Zimbabwe Derby

Marco Van Rensburg gave an assured performance on the saddle of 3/1 favourite Demitasse to leave his fancied rivals trailing in the 2 400 metre Zimbabwe Derby at Borrowdale race course.

The Zimbabwean bred horse which is owned and trained by Lisa Harris was six lens ahead of the chasing pack and romped home in a time of two minutes, 31,1 seconds ahead of Supa Dupa and Lets Fly High.

Van Rensburg shot Demitasse to the front soon after the break setting a good gallop with Parliamentarian moving into second place on the turn followed by Parliamentarian, Lets Fly High, Juelz, and Lane Geena.

But Demitasse turned for home, just a length clear, maintaining his stride up the straight and extending his lead. With 300 metres to go, it was apparently clear that neither Lets Fly High nor Juelz could make an impression on him.

Inside the final 200 metres, Demitasse faced his most serious challenge from Supa Dupa but it had come too late as Demitasse romped home.

Demitasse offered $3.20 while his combination with Supa Dupa offered $6.10 and him with Lets Fly High having $2.50 for the punters. The one between Supa Dupa and Lets Fly High offered $4.

Demitasse who opened the betting on 5/2 closed at 3/1 while Supa Dupa closed at 14/1 and Lets Fly High on 18/10. Just behind the three was Juelz which was ridden by Lance Pagel.

There was $7 650 in stake money and Demitasse offered his handlers $4 590 while second placed Supa Dupa had $1 530 and Lets Fly High $956, and Juel $574.

The much talked about South Africa horse Lane Geena which was ridden by regular Borrowdale race course jockey Sherman Brown was way off the pace in sixth place in a race that drew together 10 horses.

Heron Boy and Typing took the last two places.

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