Sheik’s Brashee (Ryan Munger) being chased by Approval Rating, Road To Dubai and Newton Power in the 1000m MR 95 Handicap.

The Penny Fisher yard sent out two winners at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, November 6.   As well as the feature race winner, Kevin Barry, the Fisher team took the last race of the afternoon, a 1000m Merit Rated 95 Handicap, with Sheik’s Brashee.

This six-year-old gelding by The Sheik finished three lengths clear of Approval Rating when in receipt of 3.5 kgs.  Ryan Munger was in the irons and Sheik’s Brashee is owned by Vanessa Birketoft and bred by R.C. Muir Thoroughbred Enterprises. This was his third start in Harare and he has now won six races.


Bridget Stidolph was in the Winner’s Enclosure with El Gallo after the running of the 1200m Novice Plate.  The son of Toreador (IRE) was involved in a tight finish with Uptown Gal, with Betula Uber and Jinx Johnson following.  The four-year-old is owned by Newbury Racing  and bred by David Allan. Brendon McNaughton had the winning ride.

El Galllo (Brendon McNaughton)  won the 1200 Novice Plate Gavin

El Gallo won the 1200m Novice Plate.


At last the mostly reliable Chum left the maidens in the 1800m Maiden Plate, although stablemate Supalumina (only 0.25 lengths back) almost spoilt his fun.  In The Oven was close behind, while Chatou finished further back.

It seems as if Chum and In The Oven have been meeting up with each other forever but, in fact, this was only Chum’s eighth start, and he has been paying for his keep.  Now that he is out of the way surely In The Oven will graduate next.

By Ideal World (USA) and bred by Mauritzfontein Stud, Chum is owned by John Koumides and trained by Kirk Swanson. Sherman Brown was riding.


Chum has quit the Maidens and is now set to achieve better things.

The next Borrowdale Park race meeting is on Sunday, November 20, and features the 1800m Champion Fillies Stakes.  The Nominations for this meeting have already been posted.

Photographs: Gavin Macleod

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