Recent import La Carmelita (4/1) won the 1800m Champion Fillies Stakes by an astonishing 7.75 lengths at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, leaving Ladies First, Betula Uber and Belle Epoque in the dust.
The four-year-old daughter of Ideal World (USA) was bred by Mauritzfontein Stud and was having her second start in Harare, having previously run second to Standpoint over 2200m. She is trained by Bridget Stidolph and was ridden by Fanie Chambers. Gael and Dennis Evans of Newbury Racing were on course to welcome their filly back in the Parade Ring.
The penetrometer reading on Sunday was 18 – some improvement on the hard going experienced at previous meetings.
Bridget Stidolph and Fanie Chambers also scored in the 1700m Maiden Plate won by Harare first-timer, Placid Sea, also owned by Newbury Racing.
Congratulations to the winning connections.
ALMOST A CLEAN SWEEP
Penny Fisher saddled three of the first four horses past the post in the 1800m MR 89 Handicap at Borrowdale on Sunday.
The honours went to Noble Peer (Ryan Munger), with stable mates Lava Flow (Greyling) 0.75 lengths back, and Call Me Earl (Van der Merwe) fourth. The Gokhan Terzi trained Tandava finished third, two lengths behind the winner.
Noble Peer is owned by the Fisher family and the son of Miesque’s Approval (USA) has now won four races. He was bred by George Rowles.
Earlier in the afternoon the Fisher yard and Ryan Munger won the 1600m MR 60 Handicap with David’s Flower.
ENDING THE DAY ON A HIGH NOTE
The Swanson yard sent out three winners at Borrowdale Park on Sunday afternoon, collecting the training honours in the process.
Phantom Major and Gateway Gamble won the first two races and the day ended on a high note when Cool Solution romped home in the 1100m MR 78 Handicap, the get-out stakes. Sherman Brown was aboard the first two winners.
By Mullins Bay (GB) out of a Tilden (IRE) mare, the four-year-old gelding, Cool Solution, is owned by Ron Mhizha, Sean Gorringe, Z.R. Lusengo, Sterling Miller, D.K. Ward, Mark Wood,Gary Carter, Paula Lewis, Ursula Malan and Anna Mason. Keagan de Melo was in the irons.
The next Borrowdale Park race meeting, featuring the HRIB Gold Cup, is on Saturday, December 3. The HRIB Card Call will be held in the Ipi Tombe Room on Thursday, December 1, immediately after the Mashonaland Owners & Trainers Annual General Meeting.