Horse rac­ing sea­son roars into life

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DO­MES­TIC horse rac­ing at Bor­row­dale Race­course roars into life on 13 Jan­uary, start­ing with the Hachi­man Sprint race to be con­tested over 1 100m.

The much an­tic­i­pated race day pro­cesses started when all in­ter­ested yards for­warded their nom­i­nees on 2 Jan­uary, pend­ing the fi­nal ac­cep­tance stage pen­ciled in for 7 Jan­uary at the same venue at 10.30hrs again.

Ac­cord­ing to Betina Gu­ra­jena, the Mashona­land Turf Club rac­ing man­ager, all stages are progressing ac­cord­ing to the pro­gramme as ini­tially planned.

“So far we have done the nom­i­na­tions as well as the weights and draws which we have since pub­lished as at 2 Jan­uary 2019. Next Mon­day on 7 Jan­uary the fi­nal ac­cep­tance will be done paving way for the races to be­gin on Sun­day,” said Gu­ra­jena.

Af­ter the end of this stage Mash Turf Club will start work­ing on the race card which is ex­pected to be around 9 Jan­uary paving way for the pun­ters to start glean­ing for pos­si­ble win­ners from the fi­nal field.

Af­ter the Hachi­man Sprint race meet­ing a num­ber of ma­jor races plus mi­nor one will be held at the race­course.

Races to look for­ward to are the Guineas Trial race, the Fil­lies Classic, Mota Ipi Ntombi Stakes, the Zim­babwe Guineas Grade (3), Breeder Champions Cup Lim­ited race, the Zim­babwe 2000 Grade (3) and the Zim­babwe Derby Grade (3).

Al­to­gether a to­tal of nine ma­jor races plus up to six mi­nor races ac­com­pa­ny­ing each will be held dur­ing this first half of the round up.

The in­dus­try will take an­other break to recharge their bat­ter­ies and re­turn on 31 July and re­sume on 1 Au­gust. Mean­while, while warm­ing up to these up­com­ing bat­tles and thrills of Bor­row­dale it is im­por­tant for fol­low­ers of the sport to un­der­stand a few terms used in the game.

Due to the fact that the sea­son comes along with ma­jor races com­ple­mented by mas­sive win­ners’ prices namely the OK Grand Chal­lenge, The Cas­tle Tankard to name but a few.

Fans take part in all these events ex­pect­ing to strike a life­style of rages to riches though sadly the ma­jor­ity who are shop­pers miss out on some of the im­por­tant things. Be­low are some terms used in horse rac­ing;

Ex­ac­tor: Pick a horse to win the race and a horse to come in sec­ond. If they fin­ish in that “ex­act” or­der, you have a win­ning ticket!

Tri­ac­tor: Sim­i­lar to the Ex­ac­tor, but you must also pick a horse to fin­ish in third place.

Win — If your horse fin­ishes 1st, you win.

Place — If your horse fin­ishes 1st or 2nd, you win.

Show — If your horse fin­ishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, you win.

Across the board — Three equal Win, Place and Show bets.

Ex­acta — Pick two horses in one race.

Quinella — Pick two horses.

Tri­fecta — Pick three horses.

Sun­day 13 Jan­uary 2019

Bor­row­dale Park Hachi­man Sprint Open/ 4th Leg Sprinter Se­ries

Weights, Draws Race-1(Turf) $ 8,000 1100m WFA: 3yrs-3.5kgs

(6G) 60.5 91 A P Fisher

(5G) 56.5 83 AT K Swan­son (5G) 56.5 83 A B Sti­dolph (4G) 55.5 81 S K Swan­son (4G) 55.0 80 A B Sti­dolph (7G) 55.0 80 BS K Swan­son (4G) 53.5 77 A B Sti­dolph 1 Tar Heel

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