A DARK HORSE IN FILLIES MILE

Lily Blue with Calvin Habib up. Wes Marwing rides on Sunday. Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News


Lily Blue, a two-time winner so far, takes on her stable companions Prescott and Gimmethegreenback in the 1600m Breeders Fillies Mile (L) at Borrowdale Park on Sunday.

When the daughter of Black Minnaloushe (USA) won the 1200m Champion Juvenile Stakes on July 27 she was involved in a tight finish with Prescott, and Gimmethegreenback was close behind. Once again, they meet at level weights here. This will be the first time Bridget Stidolph’s trio runs further than 1200m.

Lily Blue looks the pick on the strength of her two wins and a close second to Christofle, when receiving 6.5 kgs, in her last outing. That day Cool Solution and Kimberley Kid finished behind her.

However, Sunday’s race is not so simple.

The Gokhan Terzi yard sends out Wijdaan, ex Mike de Kock and by What A Winter. Although still a maiden Wijdaan was placed in the last two of her four starts in Gauteng, over 1500m and 1600m. It is generally accepted that Turffontein and Vaal form is superior to Borrowdale’s so this will be interesting.

The first race on the Borrowdale Park card is the 1600m Podcast Maiden Plate to be run at Greyville at 12.30 pm. This is the first leg of the Borrowdale Park Place Accumulator with 13 runners so good luck with that.

In the past it was quite common for a race from another centre to be included as part of the Borrowdale card, but later in the afternoon and involving a major feature, which meant keen punters were familiar with most of the runners. If I recall correctly Trifectas and Quartets on these external events went down well.

The Fillies Mile, last race of the day at Borrowdale, is due off at 16.10.


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