COACHELLA BEATS STABLE COMPANIONS TO THE WIRE
Coachella beat stable companions Cabinda and El Gallo to the wire in the 1000m AFZ Borrowdale Charity Sprint at Borrowdale Park on Saturday – winning margin 0.25 lengths. Newton Power, trained by Amy Bronkhorst, ran fourth.
I was expecting the older and wiser runners to do better here – which just goes to show how wrong one can be.
Coachella, a four-year-old Alado (GB) gelding, trained by Bridget Stidolph, owned by John Koumides and ridden by Fanie Chambers, was bred by Prof. I.M. Sanne. Congratulations to all the winning connections.
SMALL FIELD BUT WHAT A FINISH
Haga Haga (nearest the camera) and Perfect Grace were involved in a mighty heads up heads down battle in the 1600m MR 74 Handicap at Borrowdale Park on Saturday. Haga Haga with Francois Herholdt up got the verdict by 0.10 lengths but Perfect Grace (Kevin Derere) gets full marks for perseverance.
By Mullins Bay (GB), Haga Haga is owned by Drs Ben Mugabe and Ronald Mhizha, and was bred by Summerhill Stud. Both horses concerned in this tight finish were trained by Kirk Swanson.
Only four runners but who cares when it’s a close call like this.
Photograph: Gavin Macleod
REBELLIOUS QUEEN PUTS BEST FOOT FORWARD
The four-year-old National Emblem filly, Rebellious Queen, has been knocking at the door for a while but came right at Borrowdale Park on Saturday in the 1600m Maiden Plate. Penny Fisher’s charge won by 1.25 lengths, with Peggson, Cathayness and Atlantic Bijoux is the minor places.
Jarryd Penny was in the irons and Rebellious Queen is owned by Gengiz Goksel and was bred by Bruce le Roux. She has won one race and been placed four times from 7 starts.
Congratulations to the winning connections
The next Borrowdale Park race meeting is on Sunday, September 24. Feature race Sable Flyers (L).