The stayers come out in force at Borrowdale Park on Sunday for the MR 65 Handicap over 2200m. Most of the seven runners have claims to fame beyond 2000m but the four-year-olds, Flasher On The Run (60kgs) and Crystalline (57.5 kgs), have yet to prove they can match it with older horses such as Rawedge (58.5 kgs), Betula Uber (58,5 kgs) and Baumgartner (55.5 kgs).
Philanthropy, also four, has yet to race further than 1800m so, with 55 kgs and Fanie Chambers aboard, is probably the dark horse in this line-up. Although Ladies First (59 kgs) has not won beyond 1800m, this Silvano (GER) mare has featured in races up to the Derby distance.
This will be Rawedge’s first outing since June 25. We all know this five-year-old Ravishing gelding loves to stay all day and, if racing fit, I will be surprised if either of his stablemates, Flasher On The Run and Baumgartner – or anyone else for that matter – can beat him.
Betula Uber is bred to stay and, as a three-year-old, ran second to Duffi’s Call in the 2000m Zimbabwe Oaks, and second to Mathematician (four lengths back) in the 2400m Zimbabwe Derby.
Both Flasher On The Run and Crystalline were prominent in the 2016/17 Classics….The Flasher ran second behind Solinski in the Bloodstock South Africa 2000, and third to Solinski in the Derby. Crystalline shed her maiden certificate over 1800m, ran second to Solinski in the Oaks, and fourth to the daughter of Fencing Master (GB) in the Derby.
This race is due off at 13.35 pm on Sunday, Don’t miss it.