Picalilly pips Supa Challenge to the Breeders title

Alyson Wright’s Picalilly sent bookmakers into hiding after he beat overwhelming favourite Supa Challenge at the wire in the 1,200 metre Thoroughbred Breeders Champaigne Stakes at Borrowdale Park race course.

Picalilly, who closed betting at 5/1 and was ridden by Quinton Riddle, was a 2.50 lens winner over Supa Challenge, to take the $3,360 on offer. He took only one minute 11.07 seconds to finish the race.

Supa Challenge, who opened betting at 8/10 and closed at 11/2 took $1,120 for his effort. Young Antwun was in third place. This race is reserved for Zimbabwean bread horses only.

Picalilly offered $3.60 for a win, but there was not much for punters in the swingers. The combination of Picalilly and Supa Challenge paid $1.80, while that of Picalilly and Young Antwun was on $1.30. Supa Challenge and Young Antwun gave out $1.20.

The race attracted one of the smallest fields at Borrowdale Park race course, as there were only six horses on the track. Two of the eight nominated horses, Setswana and Zita, were card scratched. MacFly, Mica Point and Motivate Mabo took the other remaining positions in that order. In the Breeders Sprint that also took centre stage on the same day, Super Trouper came out tops ahead of Approval Rating and Count the Music against a field that had the best horses at the course.

Coincidentally, Riddle, who rode Picalilly, was also in the saddle of Super Trouper as the horse pocked $4,500 for that win. The disappointment of the race was Menacing, who only managed a fifth position and continues to struggle on the Zimbabwean field after relocating from South Africa.

Although the four major races at Borrowdale are long gone, competition is becoming stiff as the season heads towards the annual awards of which the top horse, top jockey, and top trainer will be honoured. So far, it appears Equina is leading the race for the horse of the year.

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