Print The Pounds, Zimbabwe’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly during the 2014/15 season, won the 1800m ZNA Charity Handicap at Borrowdale Park on Sunday.
The daughter of AP Answer (USA) finished 1.25 lengths clear of Rock The Country, with another talented four-year-old filly, Tallie Two, edging Thriller In Manila into fourth place.
Super Trouper and Equina, as expected, headed the betting but failed to justify this support. Super Trouper (fifth) was 3.50 lengths behind the winner, with Equina even further back.
The 2015 Zimbabwe Derby winner, Merhaba, led the field into the home straight with Equina tracking, and Rock The Country and “the Thriller” always handy. Print The Pounds was mid-field with Tallie Two and Super Trouper the back markers.
At the 400m mark Equina, with Apprentice Serino Moodley up, took over the lead, and the race was on. However about 200m from the wire both Equina and Merhaba fell out the back door. Print The Pounds was well in command 100m out, although Tally Two was beginning to unwind and Rock The Country and Thriller In Manilla remained in contention.
Crossing the line Bridget Stidolph’s charge, starting price 14/1, made it look easy, and both four-year-old fillies have franked their previous good form. Print The Pounds is owned by the Sunmark Syndicate and was bred by Clifton Stud. On Sunday Fanie Chambers had the ride.
Maybe Equina was short of a race. Her last start was on July 26 when she beat Super Trouper in the 1400m Breeders Sprint by 0.05 lengths. Apprentice Serino Moodley was aboard Equina that day and I have never doubted that the 4 kgs claimed then gave Equina the edge. I have to admit to being shocked that the Moodley-Equina formula did not pay off again.
Recently I have been giving some thought to why Apprentice Allowances can be claimed in feature races? In the dim days before the dark days this didn’t happen and I have no idea when and why this practise snuck in.
Quite often punters have told me I “was wrong” to refer to these allowances in a main race – so I am not the only one who is a bit confused.
The Stidolph yard also sent out the winner of the first race – a 1100m Merit Rated 20 Handicap – where Nimble Dancer (20/1) got up to beat the favourite, Road To Dubai. The four-year-old colt is also by AP Answer and bred by Clifton Stud. Brendon McNaughton was in the irons.
Photographs: Gavin Macleod