Harare – Zimbabwe’s first race of 2018 is due off at Borrowable on Sunday at 12.55 when nine maidens will jump from the 1100m mark.
Field Of Sound (Randall Simons) looks hard to oppose on the strength of his Zimbabwe debut a month ago. Watch Tequila Trail (Fransie Herholdt), second in his only start to date and sure to have come on from that experience. Wild Imogen (Sherman Brown) makes her debut for the Swanson stable and the jockey declarations indicate she could be the one to beat.
Kirk Swanson also holds a strong hand in Race 2 – a MR 70 Handicap over 1200m – as Tamarind (Brown), Shepparton (Herholdt) and Jameson Run (Nobert Takawira) all have claims.
Zita (Ryan Munger) from the Fisher yard has turned over a new leaf of late and could easily upset the Swanson Trifecta-bid.
If the ratings are accurate; Burning Rock (Collen Storey) is the horse to beat in Race 3 a Novice Plate over 1600m,. She should be followed home by Designer Pot (Brown) and the three-year-old Night Of Speed (Takawira). Watch Canadian Champion (Calvin Habib) whose confidence will have been boosted after his maiden win last time out.
Hillah The Hun (Hennie Greyling) should shed her maiden label in Race 4, where her stable mate Double Gold (Brown) should chase her home. Tremendous (Habib) makes his Zimbabwe debut and has the highest rating in the race, but his SA form does not inspire any confidence. Divine Advocate (Storey) looks the better of the Stidolph coupling.
Simona (Habib) illustrated her well-being with a good win last time out and should go close again in Race 5 – a MR 70 Handicap over 1700m. Haga Haga (Herholdt) is a consistent sort and should not be ignored here, while Flasher On the Run (Brown) bounced back to his better form last time out and should be included. Butchie Boy (Fanie Chambers) is a decent three-year-old and could show, although it’s a tough ask for the sophomores to compete in the higher rated open races at this time of the year.
Life Is Good (Simons) and Super Good (Chambers) look set to fight out the finish of Race 6 – the Hachiman Sprint over 1100m. Half a length separated them in the 1450 Borrowdale Sprint last time out when the winner Life Is Good was in receipt of 1kg. That deficit should be narrowed as they meet at level weights on Sunday. Expect Sheik’s Brashee (Munger) to throw a spanner in the works and the old man Road To Dubai (Brown) to find the minor money.
Race 7 is a MR 50 Handicap over 1100m where the lightly raced What A Dandy (Herholdt) appeals. Détente (Chambers) will have enjoyed the enforced month long break from racing and fresher than usual, should place with stable companion Megagram (Habib). Expect Gateway Gamble (Kevin Derere) to complete the Quartet.