Pick 6 Punters Not So Lucky…  

Dividend R219 726.10 – Carry Over  R217 488.17

Every trainer with runners at Saturday’s Borrowdale Park race meeting saddled a winner.

The Stidolph yard scored twice -with Relampago in the first race, and Temple Run in the second.

Temple Run’s victory in the first leg surely put paid to many Pick 6’s but just when it seemed punters were in for a torrid time along came Zita (below).

The Penny Fisher trained Soar With Eagles (USA) gelding, bred in Zimbabwe, won the Merit Rated 65 Handicap over 1450m, starting price 3/1. Ryan Munger’s mount was followed across the line by Amas Amat (12/1), Bankers Blues (14/10) and Supa Wonder 7/1.

Bred by the Spotted Pig Syndicate, Zita is owned by Bruce McLauchlan, Matt Charlton, Ken Fallon, Alistair Fisher, Ken Fisher and Kevin O’Connor.

Zita Munger 1450 MR 65 H

Zita with Ryan Munger up


Comanche Brave (12/10) and carrying 56.5 kgs, won the 1600m MR 74 Handicap, third leg of the Pick 6, by five lengths, in the time of 93.18 seconds. Noble Peer 33/10 ran second, followed by Super Good and Supa Challenge.

The Borrowdale Park Course record of 93.75 seconds was set by Earl Of Surrey (57 kgs) on  August 4, 2012. Solar Impulse (53.5) holds the Class Record, 94.32s,  set on September 8, 2013.

By Kahal (GB), Comanche Brave, a four-year-old, is trained by Amy Bronkhorst and JP van der Merwe had the ride. The gelding was bred by Summerhill Stud and is owned by Duncan Jones, Adrian Nydam and Steve Shutt.

Carla The Rebel who was fractious in the stalls, reared at the start of this race, dislodging Andrew Fortune and he was stood down for the remainder of the meeting.

Comanche Brave v d Merwe 1600m MR 74 H

Comanche Brave with Juan Paul van der Merwe in the irons


All of In The Oven (13/10), Chum (33/10) and Bletchley Park (2/1) were prominent in the 1700m Maiden Plate but Argodaba (40/1) beat In The Oven by the narrowest of margins – 0.05 lengths. (Another blow for Pick Sixers.)

The five-year-old daughter of Argonaut, trained at one time by Corne Spies, is now owned and trained by Jannie Blignaut.  Claiming apprentice Marshal Bikausaru was aboard and the mare was bred by Hydro Stud cc.

Perseverance pays.

Argodaba *Bikausaru

Apprentice Marshall Bikausaru rode Argodaba


 I knew Wee Doch ‘n Dorris would one day regain his previous form..and the Kildonan gelding came right in the fifth leg of the Pick 6, under a hard ride from Keagan de Melo, after a somewhat lackadaisical beginning.

Well done Swanson Racing and winning owners, The Dixie Chick Syndicate and Mark Wood.

Bred by Dr I.R. Heyns, the 40/1 shot swooped up to beat Valmont, Enough Said and stable mate Stirling Road in the 1700m MR 55 Handicap, carrying top weight. From 31 starts the six-year-old has now won 5 races and been placed 11 times.

Wee Doch 'n Dorris Keagan de Melo 1700m MR 55 Handicap

Wee Doch ‘n Dorris …Keagan de Melo riding


Last seasons’s Champion Trainer, Gokhan Terzi, won the last leg with people pleaser Approval Rating.

The next Borrowdale Park race meeting is on Sunday, September 25, and features the Springvale House Sable Flyers (L).


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