call me earl coming through Heading for the wire in the Tote Free Handicap, Call Me Earl (centre) finished ahead of Super Good and Duffi’s Call. Photograph: Zimbabwe Equine News

The first leg of our Triple Crown, the 1600m Zimbabwe Guineas (Gr3), will be run at Borrowdale Park on Sunday. The well performed son of Century Stand (AUS), Call Me Earl, has picked up the gauntlet and should be no pushover.

His three wins include the Jacaranda Free Handicap and the 1600m Tote Free Handicap, and I discount his last outing over 1200m where he hefted 63kgs. On previous occasions he has given weight to most of this field and won. The Guineas is at set weights so only the fillies have a weight advantage.

Super Good and Duffi’s Call, winner of the 1600m Fillies Classic, are certainly in with a shout, as is the second filly in the line-up, Pacifica. She finished a length behind Duffi’s Call in the Fillies Classic, at level weights.

Recent winner Mathematician has yet to take on Call Me Earl but this field will have to dig deep in order to deny Penny Fisher’s charge a victory.

The first race on Sunday is due off at 12.15. The Guineas is the sixth race on the card, at 15.10.

ZIMBABWE GUINEAS (Grade 3) 1600m

For all 3 year olds

No Apprentice Allowance

1 6 CALL ME EARL (ZIM) 58.0 87 A R Munger Penny Fisher
2 3 SUPER GOOD 58.0 83 BA S Chambers Bridget Stidolph
3 2 MATHEMATICIAN 58.0 73 A *C Murray Bridget Stidolph
4 8 TANDAVA (ZIM) 58.0 72 A L Pagel Gokhan Terzi
5 4 DETENTE 58.0 71 S K Derere Bridget Stidolph
6 5 ROCKY ROAD (ZIM) 58.0 67 S F Herholdt Bridget Stidolph
7 1 PACIFICA 55.5 94 A A Fortune Gokhan Terzi
8 7 DUFFI’S CALL 55.5 70 A K Zechner Bridget Stidolph
(2,3,5,6,8) (4,7)

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