Oaks finish Solinski (Zechner) Crystalline.(Chambers) Gavin

…Crystalline gallant in defeat…

Solinski, with Karl Zechner in the irons, won the Castle Lager Zimbabwe Oaks at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, leading from start to finish over 2000m.

The three-year-old filly, by Fencing Master (GB), is owned by the Dixie Chick Syndicate (nom: Miss V.E. Bruce), Duncan and Jackie Cocksedge, Dubbles Draper, Ursula Malan and C. John Smith. She is trained at Borrowdale Park by Kirk Swanson, and bred by Sarahdane Stud.

Congratulations to the winning connections. Solinski has just completed a quartet of wins which included  the TBA Silver Slipper, the Bloodstock SA 2000 and the Zimbabwe Derby.

Crystalline (Chambers) from the  Bridget Stidolph yard finished second, followed by Wylde Style and Explorers Club. Winning margin 0.75 lengths.


MTC chairman Christopher Peech and his wife Noelene entertained Chinese diplomats at Borrowdale on Sunday. Fortuitously Jameson Run, owned by Christopher Peech and Craig Danckwertz, won the 1600m Graduation Plate!

The three-year-old Seventh Rock (AUS) gelding was ridden by Karl Zechner and was bred in ZImbabwe by Rumbavu Stud.

This was the first of three winners saddled by Kirk Swanson. Later in the afternoon the stable also scored with Haga Haga, ridden by Sherman Brown….and then came Solinski

Both photographs taken by Gavin Macleod.

Jameson Run (zechner) Chinese Ambassador etc Grad plate Gavin

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