Zim Chal­lenge Race nom­i­na­tions out

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NOM­I­NA­TIONS for the Zim­babwe Chal­lenge horse race pen­cilled in for 16 De­cem­ber at Bor­row­dale Race Course are out.

Fif­teen horses have been thrown into the ring to fight for all the avail­able places in the Zim­babwe Chal­lenge race which will see par­tic­i­pat­ing con­nec­tions bat­tling over 1 450M for the win­ners prize.

A sum of $8 000 has been de­clared as prize money to be shared among the win­ner and three run­ners up.

From the list sent out by Mashona­land Turf Club, trainer Penny Fisher has the high­est num­ber of en­tries at six.

She is fol­lowed by Brid­get Sti­dolph who has short listed four run­ners to wres­tle for the hon­ours.

The most out­stand­ing nom­i­nee is Supa Good trained by Brid­get Sti­dolph who is rated at (96) fol­lowed by Kingston Pas­sage con­di­tioned by vet­eran trainer Kirk Swan­son with a merit rat­ing of (87).

Trainer Kirk Swan­son has also put Heir Liner in the line of fire, she is the third best place run­ner merit rated (87).

If these three man­age to get though all the pre-race qual­i­fy­ing stages then a bruis­ing en­counter is on the cards based on their fig­ures and the pedi­gree of the sta­bles they hail from.

On Tues­day all teams wish­ing to take part will con­verge at Bor­row­dale Race­course for the fi­nal pre­race qual­i­fy­ing stage, which will be fol­lowed by the push­ing out of the race care the fol­low­ing day.

On the rac­ing day six races of var­i­ous dis­tances will be hosted through­out the day, with a com­bined total of 81 and run­ners plus $5 000.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing sta­bles will be gun­ning to fin­ish off on a high note as this is the last com­pe­ti­tion on the cal­en­dar for 2018.

Mean­while last Satur­day was not all about the main race that is the HRIB Gold Day Cup, in­stead two vis­it­ing ap­pren­tice jock­eys left the race course with a spring on their step af­ter they guided their run­ners to vic­tory.

The two vis­it­ing ap­pren­tices that left their mark were Liam Tarentaal and Nathan Klink who both rode win­ners in their re­spec­tive fea­ture races.

First to make the hon­ours at the pa­rade ring was Tarentaal on board Bomber Pilot sent to duty by trainer the Penny Fisher yard.

Tarentaal rode to vic­tory in the HRIB Life As­sur­ance Merit Rated 55 Hand­i­cap, So tight was the race that his run­ning mate Bomber Pilot crossed the line 0.55 lengths ahead Fin­lay.

On the run­ner’s side, Oden a three-year-old geld­ing with jockey Hen­nie Greyling on board won the first race of the day by a dis­tance of six full lengths.

An­other run­ner, Pam­pas emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the 1 900m Zim­nat In­sur­ance Com­pany MR 75 Hand­i­cap, fin­ish­ing three lengths clear of Bu­gatti Blue, who was fol­lowed by Per­fect Grace and Wolves Among Sheep.

There was also a close call in the Old Mu­tual In­sur­ance Com­pany 1600m Maiden Plate on Satur­day when Red Pol­lard had the edge over Pea Pack, win­ning mar­gin 0.25 lengths.

Deon Samp­son was rid­ing for Brid­get Sti­dolph. Dur­ing the HRIB Med­i­cal In­sur­ance 1 100m MR Hand­i­cap Cool So­lu­tion had the form and cruised home to vic­tory. Ap­pren­tice Nathan Klink was rid­ing for Kirk Swan­son.

On the trainer side Trainer Brid­get Sti­dolph re­turned back to the sta­bles with a smile on her face af­ter she sent out three win­ners.

Brid­get Sti­dolph is the reign­ing 2017-2018 Cham­pion Trainer at Bor­row­dale Park, this win will add an­other feather in her hat, putting her in a bet­ter po­si­tion to chal­lenge for the Cham­pion Trainer of the 2018-2019 horse rac­ing sea­son. Am­s­ter­dam

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