Bookmakers tip A King Is Born for OK title

South African horse - A King Is Born, emerged the bookmakers’ favourite to land Saturday’s OK Grand Challenge, to be run over 1,800 metres. The 2013 Castle Tankard winner – second- placed in the OK Grand Challenge the same year, opened betting at 28/10. This makes the Alyson Wright-trained horse the overwhelming favourite to win the $24,000 top prize money.

A King Is Born is well placed with the draw of three and will also be carrying a light weight of 54kgs, closely followed by Coltrane, who is at 3/1 despite being the top weight in the race and from a very wide draw.

Coltrane, trained by Lisa Harris, will be carrying 60kgs and will be coming from a draw of 18. Harris sends out three more horses in the race – Lucky Sam, Menacing and Forty One. Should he win the race, Menacing would be the highest paying of horses coming from the Harris stable and pegged at 20/1.

Reigning champion jockey, Quinton Riddle will be riding Captain’s Tiger, which has moved stable from Kirk Swanson to Alyson Wright.

Captain’s Tiger knows his way around Borrowdale race course, having been on the turf since he was three. Now eight years old, Captain’s Tiger is well suited to the OK Grand Challenge distance and should fancy his chances with a weight of 58 kgs.

Captain’s Tiger because of his impressive performances used to carry 60kgs but now reduced should fancy his chances despite being drawn at 12. Equina, the first filly to win the 2,000 metre Castle Tankard in 16 years, opened betting at 6/1 and is likely to remain so until race day.

All the nominated 18 horses have passed the final acceptances and are expected to run on Saturday, with Kirk Swanson’s Madigan the second top weighted horse. The former Triple Crown winner will be carrying 59.5 kgs – the same as Ghokan Terzi’s Super Trouper, ridden by Lance Pagel.

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