It’s time to meet some of the contestants in the $50 000 Castle Tankard which will be run at Borrowdale Park on Saturday, May 5 2018.
MASTER SWITCH (above) (6g) 59 kgs. Drawn 5. W. Agrella rides for Penny Fisher.
By Jetmaster out of an Al Mufti (USA) mare. Five wins from 27 runs including victories in South Africa over 1800m and 2000m.
First start at Borrowdale was on March 25 over 2000m in the Breeders Champions Cup where Master Switch finished 9.25 lengths off the winner, Comanche Brave. That day he carried 60 kgs giving away 2 kgs. On Saturday Comanche Brave will only receive half a kg from Master Switch.
Master Switch’s last start was in the 1600m Independence Trophy on April 15 where he did not shine but this could have been the prep race for this one. Master Switch has yet to put his best forward forward in Harare. He certainly looks the part.
Photograph: Zimbabwe Equine News
KILRAIN (6g) 59kgs. Drawn 9. M. J. Byleveld rides for Mike de Kock.
By Dynasty out of an Elliodor (FR) mare. Six wins from 38 starts over 1200m – 2400m. His last outing was on March 17 when he ran third in the 1800m Drum Star Handicap (L) at Turffontein, beaten half a length by Dawn Assault.
He won the 2400m Pinnacle Stakes on February 3. On January 4, at the Vaal, Kilrain finished a length behind Saturday’s runner, Amsterdam, over 2000m (a MR 91 Handicap), when giving the winner 2 kgs. Amsterdam will be half a kg better off now but Kilrain is a force to be reckoned with providing he likes his new surroundings.
The first race at Borrowdale Park on Saturday is due off at 12.50 pm. The big race is at 16.25.