This week I would prefer to do anything other than think about racing previews. Not because Sunday’s Borrowdale Park fields are boring – quite the opposite in fact. Two of the seven carded races have obvious choices, Print The Pounds and Madigan, and perhaps that’s the problem.
Neither need any introduction to Borrowdale punters. They have proved themselves time and again, but unfortunately I can’t recall whether they have small hooves and a low knee action…necessary attributes when the going gets hard, I am told. Of course this pair can handle the going being on top…they race in Zimbabwe….but, barring a welcome cloudburst, there is likely to be plenty of sting in the ground.
Print The Pounds carries top weight in the 1600m ZRP Fillies Charity Stakes and will be giving 8 kgs to the rest of the field – and they should be getting more. On paper it looks like a walk in the park for five-year-old Print The Pounds, a winner of 6 races including the 1600m Zimbabwe Guineas and the 2015 ZNA Charity Handicap where she beat Rock The Country.
At the last Borrowdale meeting Print The Pounds ran third in the 1800m ZNA Charity Handicap, her first outing since July when she finished down the field in the Republic Cup. Fanie Chambers rides on Sunday and the full-sister to Duffi’s Call is drawn 3 out of 9.
In addition to Print The Pounds, Bridget Stidolph will also saddle Genial, Ride Of Honour, Dictate and La Carmelita. This will be Genial’s third race at Borrowdale and first attempt at the mile. The Jay Peg mare is drawn 7 and Brendon McNaughton will be in the irons. On October 16 she ran with blinkers on and pacifiers off, and is down to wear the same headgear this time.
Ride Of Honour, by Horse Chestnut, won twice in Gauteng over 1200m and this will be her third start at Borrowdale. She was 2.60 lengths behind Porterhouse over 1100m at the last meeting. Morgan Nyamagwete rides and the filly is drawn 9.
And now the dark horses – Dictate and La Carmelita. Dictate is a four-year-old by Silvano (GER). She won over 1950m at Scottsville on June 22 and her last start was at Greyville on July 13. Drawn 1, Dictate will have Kevin Derere in the irons.
La Carmelita, also a four-year-old, is by Ideal World (USA). Has had five starts and left the maidens after winning at Greyville over 1400m in April. Her last start was on October 16 at Scottsville – so a very recent arrival. Drawn 5 and Hennie Greyling (plus 1 kg) rides.
Gokhan Terzi is taking on the Stidolph string with Sable Flyers winner, Invincible Swan, Carla The Rebel, Ladies First and Scarlett Ice.
Invincible Swan has more to do here and after the 1260m Sables Flyers win she pulled up with respiratory distress. However, the daughter of Century Stand (AUS) is going for a hat-trick here. Craig Zackey (plus 1.5 kgs) has the ride and Invincible Swan is drawn 2.
Carla The Rebel continues to fluff the start but will get it right one day. In the 1260m Sable Flyers, she lost half a length and finished two lengths behind Invincible Swan, who was receiving 8 kgs. Sunday’s runners, Ride of Honour and Genial were further back . At the weights the Rebel King mare can’t be completely discounted. She is drawn 6 and will be ridden by Chase Maujean (plus 1 kg).
Both Ladies First and Scarlett Ice return to racing after quite lengthy breaks but, if fit, could finish in the money.
Ladies First– is a four-year-old daughter of Silvano (GER) out of an Al Mufti (USA) mare. A winner of two races over 1600m and 1700m, so distance suited. Her last race was on May 22 when she finished 4.75 lengths behind Duffi’s Call at level weights in the 2000m Zimbabwe Oaks. Juan Paul van der Merwe rides and Ladies First is drawn 8.
Scarlett Ice – A five-year-old by Black Minnaloushe (USA) won her first two starts at Borrowdale over 1700m and 1800m, following up with two seconds to Maturin over 1600m. Finished second to Perfect Grace over 1800m in May and then second to Quick Glance over 1700m at the next meeting. She has not raced since June 19 when 1.85 lengths off Red Savage in a 1700m MR 70 Handicap when receiving 2 kgs. Drawn 4 Scarlett Ice will have Ryan Munger in the saddle.
This will be an interesting race but Pick 6 Punters in search of a banker or two will surely choose Print The Pounds. There may be a couple of other likely bankers in this card and ‘Pick Sixers’ will need them.
Have you looked at the first leg?
Five of the seven runners in the 1260m Maiden Plate have not raced previously. What are the powers that be thinking of?
Photograph: Scarlett Ice giving Andrew Fortune a hard time. Hope she gets up on the right side of the manger on Sunday.