The commentator said it was a frantic finish – and it was. What A Dandy, Lady Carina, Edward The Seventh, Flanders and Israel finished within 0.35 lengths in the 1100m MR 80 Handicap at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, What A Dandy has now won five and been placed five times in 12 starts.
Jarryd Penny was in the irons and the son of Just As Well (USA) is owned by John Koumides, trained by Kirk Swanson, and bred by Barton Hall Stud. Congratulations.

Battle Cry, with Sherman Brown up, won the 1260m MR 51 Handicap, followed by stablemates Switchblade, The Catcher and Supa Memories. Apprentice Rodgers Satombo was aboard Supa Memories and this was his first race ride.
By Brave Tin Soldier (USA) and bred by Summerhill Stud, Battle Cry is trained by Kirk Swanson and owned by Brooklyn Bond Trust (nominee Mr A.J. Joseph), Merlyn Chant, Sterling Miller, Richard Morgan and Anna Mason. Have fun.
Third winner for the Swanson stable was the three-year-old filly, Dusha, in the 1450 Maiden Plate. By West Man (USA) out of Soul Seeker (Zim), Dusha obviously preferred the longer trip and has now won and been placed three times in seven starts. Sherman Brown had the winning ride and Dusha is owned by Duncan and Jackie Cocksedge. The filly was bred by Peter Moor. Congratulations.
It’s A True Story, partnered by Brendon McNaughton, came to light again in the 1600m MR 60 Handicap, beating the fancied Double Tap by 0.5 lengths. Yarraman and Rebellious Queen were close behind.
This was the first of three winners trained by Bridget Stidolph. The five-year-old AP Answer (USA) gelding has now won 5 races, is owned by Amy Bronkhorst and Adrian Nydam, and was bred by Clifton Stud. Well done everyone.
Stable companions Wolves Among Sheep and Christophle finished first and second in the 1600m Graduation Plate, but the Philanthropist (USA) gelding was three lengths clear.
Trained by Bridget Stidolph, Wolves Among Sheep was ridden by Calvin Habib, bred by Drakenstein Stud, and owned by Gary Carter, Paula Lewis, Scott Buchan, Neil Evans, Merlyn Chant, Ash Dixon, Richard Morgan and Ryan Sherwood. Third win since arriving in Harare.
More or less as expected the 2017/18 Horse Of The Year, Simona, won the 1800m Champion Fillies Stakes – with ease. Mia Finola, also from the Stidolph yard came second, and then Solinski who was returning to racing after 511 days.
Both Simona and Mia Finola are owned by Newbury Racing (Pty) Ltd (nominee Mr D.E. Evans). Regular jockey Calvin Habib shared the victory with Simona and the Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) mare was bred by Nadeson Park. Simona has now won 9 races and there will be more to come. Well done.
Champion Three-Year -Old in 2017/18, Knuckleball, beat Roman Discent by 1.25 lengths in the 1800 m in the MR 85 Handicap, giving weight to all except Heir Line in this field. The son of Curved Ball (AUS) was bred by Clifton Stud. Penny Fisher was the winning trainer, Ryan Munger was in the irons and Knuckleball is owned by Mr V. Guppah, Mr R.H.S. and Mrs P. Beattie and Mr D.H. and Mrs J. L. Cocksedge. Knuckleball has now clocked up 7 wins and 8 places from 15 starts. How’s that for consistent running?

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