MIA FINOLA WINS CHAMPAGNE STAKES (L)

Mia Finola Habib - 1450 Champagne Stakes

Mia Finola, by Var (USA), played catch me if you can with her four stables mates, and Pas de Deux, in the 1450m Champagne Stakes at Borrowdale Park on Sunday – but they couldn’t.

The two-year-old filly beat Born To Shine by 2.50 lengths with Pas de Deux another two lengths further back. Party In The Park was scratched and Rain Spider, who did not live up to expectations, over-raced in the early stages with his tongue over the bit.

The winner is owned by Newbury Racing (Pty) Ltd, trained by Bridget Stidolph and ridden by Calvin Habib – a trio which scored earlier in the day when Simona won the1600m Fillies Stakes. Mia Finola was bred by Piemonte Stud.

Sunday was a red letter day for Bridget who won six of the eight races carded, leaving the result of the 2017/18 Zimbabwe Trainers Championship in no doubt.

Hearty congratulations to everyone concerned.

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