Sunday, March 8, was a memorable day for Borrowdale Park trainer Gokhan Terzi. He saddled the winners of both feature races, the US$12 000 Mercedes-Benz Ipi Tombe Stakes (L) and the US$6 400 GWM Steed 6 TBA Silver Slipper. During the afternoon he also sent out another winner.
The 1800m Silver Slipper, second leg of Zimbabwe’s Triple Tiara, turned into a procession with the Ashaawes filly, Eversolucky, staying three lengths in front of a fast finishing Tallie Two. Guineas winner Print The Pounds and 15/1 shot Suave Singer followed. Picalilly was Tote favourite but only managed to beat the front runner, Second Light, home.
After the race the grey filly appeared distressed but Assistant Trainer Penny Fisher reports that subsequent checks revealed nothing amiss. The three-year-old will now have a six weeks break from racing.
Eversolucky, third in the Fillies Classic and fourth in the Zimbabwe Guineas, was comfortable throughout the 1800m trip. Ridden by Apprentice Wesley Marwing, she is owned and bred by Gary Joliffe.
The Ipi Tombe Stakes over 1600m provided the exciting finish that was missing in the Silver Slipper. Glorious Jet, with Marwing up, led the field into the home straight while Thriller In Manila, having his first race beyond 1400m, stayed in close contention. When Quinton Riddle set the “Thriller” alight he surged to the front and at the 100m mark looked the winner. Brendon McNaughton and Super Trouper, with an astonishing burst of speed, snatched the victory on the line. The seven-year-old West Man gelding, bred by Clifton Stud and owned by Paul Rugg, Spencer Murray and Grant Littleford, has now won 11 races.
Both Lucky Sam and Equina returned to racing, after lengthy layoffs, in the Ipi Tombe Stakes – and of the two Lucky Sam did best. Randall Simons kept him in touch with the leaders until he faded in the straight. However last season’s champion three-year-old held on to fifth place, 3.50 lengths behind the winner. His stable companion, Menacing, was third, and Glorious Jet fourth.
Earlier in the day Terzi’s runner, Got A Hold On Me, trounced the fancied Pegwell Bay in a 1300m MR Handicap. This was Apprentice Diego de Gouveia’s first Borrowdale winner and the ninth win for Mr S. Armstrong’s Bezrin gelding, bred by Mr and Mrs Bruce Le Roux.
Amy Bronkhorst also had a successful day. Her charges, Starry Notions, Yesterday Man and Country Roads filled the first three places in the 1100m Borrowdale Stud Maiden Plate, with Starry Notions showing up early on and winning with ease. She is owned by Betty Prosser. P.J. Moor bred all the juveniles mentioned – all sired by resident stallion Gharir. The Bronkhorst yard won the next race, an 1100m Maiden Plate, with Pente’s Daughter and Denicious Smith in the irons. Sired by Argonaut, this three-year-old filly is owned by P.J. Moor and was bred by Mr C.H. Gregson.
Kirk Swanson’s Nugget Effect with Apprentice Norbert Takawira aboard, stole a march on stablemate Shezawarrior in the 1600m Maiden Plate, finishing four lengths clear. Nugget Effect, a three-year-old gelding by Jay Peg,is owned by Colin Bird and was bred by Normandy Stud.
The honours in the 1700m MR 55 Handicap went to the Seb d’Aquino-trained Sea Clipper, bred by Adv. A.P. Joubert, and ridden by Brendon McNaughton. Owned by the Equisynd Syndicate, the Daylami (IRE) gelding was following up on an improved run behind Arrowfield on February 22.
Next Borrowdale Park race meeting is on Sunday March 22, and features the Bloodstock South Africa 2000(GR3), second leg of the Zimbabwe Triple Crown.