Ghokan Terzi takes season opener

Trainer Ghokan Terzi began the 2014/15 Zimbabwe horse racing season on a high note, after his filly Got A Hold On Me won the 1,600-metre Merit Rated 85 Handicap ahead of heavily-favoured Menacing and Orbit War.

Got A Hold On Me, who carried 57 kgs and well-drawn at one, romped home 0,25 lens ahead of Orbit War and finished the race in one minute, 34, 37 seconds. The horse, ridden by Brendon McNaughton, took the $3,600 of the $6,000 stake money.

Terzi, who finished third in the champion trainer’s race behind Lisa Harris and Kirk Swanson, is now hoping to win the champion trainer’s title, which for the past two years has gone to Harris, with Swanson in second position. McNaughton, who just graduated, also looked forward to cutting short the dominance of Quinton Riddle and Sherman Brown in the champion jockey standings. The punters, who are back at Borrwdale Park race course after they spent six weeks in the betting malls seeking a fortune from foreign races, are guaranteed of $6, 70 for a dollar for placing their bets on Got A Hold On Me and Menacing.

For trusting Got A Hold On Me and Orbit War, there is a $89.50 reward, while there is very little for Orbit War and Menacing, with the pair’s stake at $5.50.

Orbit War and Menacing were the favourites for the race. In places, Got A Hold On Me is paying $5,20, Menacing $2.00 and Orbit War $1,40.

In the Merit Rated 60 Handicap, Sin Latigo, sister to Zimbabwe’s top horse last season, Equina, was not way off the pace, after finishing second in the 1,700 metre event. Sin Latigo was 1,25 lens behind Zimbabwe’s own Bobby Boxer, but ahead of Felan.

The race did not pay much as for her effort, Sin Latigo took home only $1 350. The race attracted a field of nine horses as the season began with small fields hoping to increase as the season wears on.

The next race meeting is on 21 September and hopefully, the big guns will be on the field as this is just the beginning of the season and most of them had been on rest and are still to take to the course.

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