Come what may racing at Borrowdale Park continues to keep punters on their toes, with several close finishes on Sunday afternoon.
The main race, an 1800m Pinnacle Plate 80 was won by In The Mood with Verdian (J. Penny) only half a length back, then Solinski (0.75). Sherman Brown rode the winner for Kirk Swanson and owner John Koumides.
In The Mood has now won five of her last six starts. By Bold Silvano, she was bred by Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd.
Prior to that the Swanson stable had led in Haga Haga in the 1600m MR 75 Handicap, and Pirate Hunter who won the 1700m MR 50 Handicap. Both cliffhangers involving stablemates.
Haga Haga, by Mullins Bay (GB), finished half a length clear of Perfect Grace, with Bugatti Blue only 0.05 lengths off the second horse. Jarryd Penny piloted Haga Haga, who is owned by Ben Mugabe and Ron Mhizha and was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Pirate Hunter (S Brown), another son of Mullins Bay (GB) bred by Summerhill Stud, held on to beat Wee Doch ‘n Dorris by 0.10 lengths in the 1700m MR 50 Handicap, and Silver Buck was also right up there. The winner is owned by Anna Mason, Sheldene Chant, Merlyn Chant, Guy Martell and Sterling M Miller.
The Penny Fisher yard also saddled three winners on Sunday – Silver Coin (J Penny), Sunrise Ruby (J Penny) and Clash City Rockers (H Greyling). Unfortunately, I have not received photographs of this trio, or any lead-in pics of anyone. Thanks to Gavin Macleod for the photographs that appear here.
Silver Coin scored in the 1200m Graduation Plate, beating stable companion Lunar Dancer by a length. He is by Silvano (GER) and was bred by Drakenstein Stud. The four-year-old gelding is owned by Gengiz Goksel and Trinisha Pillay.
Sunrise Ruby by King Of Kings (IRE) came to light in the 1600m MR 55 Handicap, with Battle Cry a whisker behind and Rebellious Queen 0.35 lengths off the winner. Bred by Bosworth Farm Stud, Sunrise Ruby is owned by Dave Rosser and Gengiz Goksel.
Clash City Rocker, also owned by Dave and Gengiz, triumphed in the 1000m MR 49 Handicap, one and a half lengths clear of Lily Blue. By Seventh Rock (AUS), the three-year-old gelding was bred by Rathmor Stud.
Bridget Stidolph’s two winners had the distinction of winning by the widest margins of the day. Gimmethegreenback beat stable companion Santolina by two lengths, and Christofle was three and a half lengths ahead off What A Dandy.
First-timer Gimmethegreenback (B McNaughton) won a 1100 Maiden Juvenile Plate and she is owned by Gary de Jong, Scott Buchan, Neil Evans, Ashley Dixon, Tim Herdon, Richard Morgan and Ryan Sherwood. This filly was bred by Millstream Farm.
Christofle by Tiger Ridge (USA), easily won the 1260m MR 70 Handicap. Bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein, Calvin Habib was in charge. The owners are Messrs S H Murray, C Davenport, K Hatendi, Duncan Jones, G M Littleford, G. Martell, H D Parbhoo, C M Rambo, P C Rugg, D C Samuels and S W Shutt.
Congratulations to all the winning connections.