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Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News: IN THE MOOD with Sherman Brown aboard. The four-year-old will have Francois Herholdt in the irons when she runs in the Sable Flyers on Sunday.

Elegant Beauty, second to Belle Epoque in the 1260m Sable Flyers (L) in 2017, will line up again at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, hoping to go one better.

This time the daughter of Main Aim (GB) is set to carry 60 kgs. The Sable Flyers is a handicap for fillies and mares, with weights based on the sole discretion of the handicapper.

Penny Fisher’s charge, Elegant Beauty, will be taking on her stable companions, Summer Spin and Roberta’s Passion, as well as Kirk Swanson’s pair, Seven Kingdoms and In The Mood.

A small field, but interesting. Those we know must all have a chance and then there is Borrowdale first-timer, Summer Spin, who has the outside draw.

Scroll down for more about these main race runners, and maybe think about a Trifecta here rather than a quartet. Roberta’s Passion, Elegant Beauty and In The Mood, boxed, would be my choice.

Quartet fans could have a field day in at least four of Sunday’s carded races. The third race is a 1800m MR 60 Handicap where the 8 runners include Haga Haga, Philanthropy and It’s A True Story, all winners at the last meeting, and don’t forget Finlay, who carries 52 kgs – and Baumgartner.

Maiden Plates are always tricky and in the one over 1700m (race 4) you have 9 contenders to consider. Perhaps bank Vulista and Coastal Attraction to run in the first four.

Next up is a 1600m Graduation Plate and good luck with that. Pampas, Hashtag Rounda and Tremendous raced on September 8 but the other eight runners are coming fresh off the break – and watch those weights.

Last race of the day is a Merit Rated 60 Handicap over 1100m with nine runners carded. Of these several would probably prefer further. One could go mad and take The River Green, Kilowatt Kid, Adrenalina and Switchblade, but there is no guarantee you won’t regret ignoring top weighted Cool Solution.

The first race on Sunday is due off at 12.40 pm.


ELEGANT BEAUTY – 60 kgs Drawn 3 – J. Greyling – Penny Fisher.
Five-year-old mare by Main Aim (GB) out of a National Assembly (CAN) mare. 16 starts for 2 wins and 5 places. Finished 2.50 lengths behind Coachella in the 2017 HRIB Gold Cup when receiving 9 kgs. Ran second in this race last year (carrying 52.5 kgs), then turned the tables on the winner, Belle Epoque, over 1100m in October. Her last start was on July 29. This will be Elegant Beauty’s seventh outing at Borrowdale Park. MR 65.

SUMMER SPIN – 59 kgs Drawn 5 – C. Maujean – Penny Fisher.
Four-year-old filly by Sail From Seattle (CAN) out of an Al Mufti (USA) mare. Raced six times in Gauteng for one win over 1200 m and two places. Her last start was at the Vaal on March 27. Borrowdale Park first-timer and the dark horse. MR 64.

ROBERTA’S PASSION – 57.5 kgs Drawn 2 – J. Penny – Penny Fisher.
Five-year-old mare by Tiger Ridge (USA) out of an Argentinian mare. 20 runs for 3 wins and 10 places. In her 6 starts at Borrowdale Roberta’s Passion has won twice and run two seconds. She was second to What A Dandy over Sunday’s trip on April 15, having beaten The Catcher over 1200m in March. On June 17 she finished 0.50 Lengths in front of Cool Solution when receiving 1.5 kgs – over 1200m. If racing fit after the break she should do well here. MR 60.

SEVEN KINGDOMS – 57.5 kgs Drawn 1 – S. Brown – Kirk Swanson.
Seven-year-old mare by Sarge with 3 wins and 15 places from 32 starts. Pretty consistent of late but usually over more ground. However, she has won over 1260m – in June 2016 when beating Dirty Champagne. MR 60.

IN THE MOOD – 54 kgs Drawn 4 – F. Herholdt – Kirk Swanson.

A four-year-old filly by Bold Silvano out of a Kahal (GB) mare.  Has won two races and been placed 6 times from 8 starts – the wins coming over 1200m and dead-heating with Magical Charm over 1600m. Perhaps not really bred to sprint but it will be disappointing if In The Mood doesn’t give a good account of herself.  MR 54.

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