The focus is on Zimbabwe’s Air Force at Borrowdale Park on Saturday and the main race, the AFZ Charity Handicap over 1800m, is due off at 16.10.

Of the five runners lining up for this event Heir Line and Fareeq are likely to be the main players but be prepared to be surprised!

1 Drawn 5 60.0 (MR 83) N Takawira Kirk Swanson

Six-y-old gelding by Dynasty out of a Jet Master mare. Won the 1900m Republic Cup in 2018 and has altogether won five times from 1600m to 2000m. Can carry weight and is versatile having been placed in his two previous starts over 1450m and 2700m. Giving weight to the field on Saturday but a big runner.

2 Drawn 3 59.0 (MR 81) J Sampson Gokhan Terzi

This 7-year-old gelding by Nadeem (AUS) won five races down south from 1400m to 1600m but has yet to enter the Number 1 box at Borrowdale after five starts. However far from disgraced having been placed in the
Independence Trophy, the OK Grand Challenge, and the Republic Cup. His last outing was in the 1600m Paul Gorringe Testimonial where he was three-parts of a length behind Saturday’s runner Wolves Among Sheep who was receiving 3 kgs. He gives Wolves Among Sheep 4 kgs now.

3 Drawn 2 58.0 (MR 79) Wes Marwing Kirk Swanson

True to her breeding Arte, a 6-year-old mare by Ideal World (USA) out of a Fort Wood (USA) mare, won 7 races in South Africa from 2200m to 3200m. Placed second from three starts at Borrowdale. In the 1900m Republic Cup Arte was 1.25 lengths behind Tandava and before that went down to Rawedge by a whisker over 2700m. Saturday’s trip is probably on the short side but Arte’s a game girl.

4 Drawn 4 56.0 (MR 75) J Penny Bridget Stidolph

By Philanthropist (USA) out of a Western Winter mare, this five-year-old gelding has won four races from
1600m to 1800m so is distance suited. He won over 1600m at the last meeting finishing in front of Fareeq and Yarraman. The last mentioned met Wolves Among Sheep at level weights in the Paul Gorringe Testimonial but is better off here.

5 Drawn1 54.5 (MR 72) B McNaughton Gokhan Terzi

It will be interesting to see how Yarraman fares with weight on his side. The five-year-old son of Await The Dawn (USA) has won three from 1600m to 1900m but steps up in class now.

Thanks to Gavin Macleod, Jenny Stocks and Andrew Philip for the photographs.

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