Take Sweet Tea in Zim


Harare – Sadly only four runners contest Zimbabwe’s version of the Fillies Classic over 1600m for three-year-old fillies at Borrowdale on Sunday.

Carded as Race 6 and scheduled to be off at 3.45pm, the race features only two entries each from the Bridget Stidolph and Kirk Swanson stables.

Sweet Tea (Brandon McNaughton) heads the ratings by just one point and has the advantage of having seen the turn before, but Wild Imogen (Sherman Brown) looked quite decent when winning her second start two weeks ago and may be the filly to beat here.

Race 1 at Borrowdale is due off at 12.50 with six maidens contesting a 1260m event. On the strength of his debut up north, that recent import Bomber Pilot (Ryan Munger) will have his supporters. However, watch In The Mood (Brown) a daughter of Bold Silvano who makes her debut for the Swanson yard. Blue Label (McNaughton) is expected to complete the Trifecta.

The decent three-year-old Butchie Boy (Calvin Habib) is the highest rated horse in Race 2 – a Graduation Plate over 1200m. The plate conditions, however, do not allow for a WFA concession, and were the race a handicap he would be receiving 0.5kg from Jameson Run (Brown), the likely danger. Shepparton (Fransie Herholdt) warrants respect and should be included with Roberta’s Passion (Nobert Sibanda), now back at Borrowdale where she started her racing career.

Pirate Hunter (Herholdt) was just touched off in his last start and is sure to go one better in a poor six-horse Maiden 1900 – Race 3 on the card. It’s hard to imagine a son of the great race-filly Circle Of Life retiring a maiden, especially at Borrowdale Park, so once again add her son Hashtag Rounda to the list of possibilities, despite his poor form to date. Also expect Tremendous (Fanie Chambers) to improve on his Zimbabwe debut.

Kirk Swanson holds a strong hand in Race 4 – a MR 55 Handicap over 1700m. His lightly raced three-year-old What a Dandy (Herholdt) looks a decent sort and although he tries the turn and a trip for the first time, should go close. Watch stablemate Seven Kingdoms (Brown), who is never too far off, and Burning Rock (Chambers), who should like a drop in distance. Canadian Champion (McNaughton) is back in a handicap and should improve on his last plate run.

Gasoline (Hennie Greyling) makes his Zimbabwe debut in Race 5, a MR 75 1600m event, and should fight out the finish with his stable companion David’s Flower (McNaughton), who heads the handicap. Cool Solution (Brown) is dropping steadily in the ratings and should be competitive again with Lava Flow (Munger) who has dropped in class.

Bridget Stidolph should win the last of the day – an Open Handicap over 1260m. Life Is Good (Habib) has recently joined her stable, after Amy Bronkhorst relinquished her licence. He joins her already impressive array of sprinters. However, with just 52.5 kg to shoulder it may be Super Good (McNaughton) who shows his stablemates a clean pair of heels.

Coachella (Chambers) has not been seen since the beginning of December and goes for his fourth consecutive victory but is 1kg worse off with Super Good on their last meeting, where just a short head separated the two. Expect Road To Dubai (Herholdt) to follow these three home.

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