Sunday’s Borrowdale Park meeting wraps up local racing for 2019. There are two features on the 8-race card – the 1600m Tote Free Handicap for three-year-olds, and the RTGS$ 100 000 Gold Cup Sprint.
Fourth race on the day is the 2400m Merit Rated 75 Handicap due off at 13 55 pm – also too good to miss. The eight carded runners include some of our top stayers as well as a couple of first timers over this trip.
A worthwhile Quartet would help with Christmas shopping so study the field, follow your hunches – and hope for the best.
1 (6) HEIR LINE 63.5 (MR 82) *R Satombo – Kirk Swanson
6-year-old g by Dynasty out of a Jet Master mare. Five wins from 1600m to 2000m. Placed third in the 2700m Sunshine Cup on September 7. 1.05 lengths behind the winner, Rawedge, who was receiving 10 kgs. Heir Line’s rider will claim 4 kgs on Sunday.
2 (5) BUGATTI BLUE 60.0 (MR 75) N Takawira – Kirk Swanson
5-year-old g by Traffic Guard (USA) out of Vintage Event by Brashee (USA) mare. Four wins and consistently placed from 1600m to 2200m. Last victory on 13 July over 2200m when 1.50 lengths clear of Perfect Grace who was receiving 1.5 kgs and now receives 5kgs. That day Haga Haga was further back.
3 (8) MASTER ‘N COMMANDER 60.0 (MR 75) J Sampson – Gokhan Terzi
8-year-old g by Captain Al out of a Jet Master mare. Five wins from 1450m to 1800m. Won last start over 1700m, beating Bugatti Blue and Haga Haga. Well beaten in 2700m Sunshine Cup but has shown marked improvement lately.
4 (7) DESIGNER POT 58.0 (MR 71) M Thackeray – Kirk Swanson
6-year-old g by Judpot out of a Model Man mare. Has won 6 races from 1400m to 1800m and it will be interesting to see how he handles Sunday’s trip.
5 (4) HAGA HAGA 56.0 (MR 67) C Storey – Kirk Swanson
6-year-old g by Mullins Bay (GB) out of Vintage Event (and being a bit slow on the uptake I have only just realised that Haga Haga and Bugatti Blue are half-brothers). Haga Haga has won 8 races from 1100m to 1800m and been placed up to 2200m. He ran fifth in the 2017 Zimbabwe Derby won by Solinski but was far back. He is older and wiser now and a good closer. We shall see.
6 (1) PERFECT GRACE 55.0 (MR 65) Wes Marwing – Kirk Swanson
8-year-old g by Antonius Pius (USA) out of Balinese Dancer (USA).
Has won eight races from 1600m to 2000m and not one to be written off lightly. As mentioned above was 1.50 lengths behind Bugatti Blue over 2200m in July when receiving 1.5 kgs and is now better off. As there is rain about, at last, there will probably be some change in the going – but that applies to all the runners.
7 (2) RAWEDGE 52.0 (MR 59) K Steyn – Thomas Mason
8-year-old gelding by Ravishing out of a Jallad (USA) mare who has won 9 races from 1600m to 2700m. Winner of the 2700m Sunshine Cup and has not raced since then. If fit there are no doubts about his ability to stay – even if the heavens open.
8 (3) HILLAH THE HUN 52.0 (MR 58) M V’Rensburg – Gokhan Terzi
5-year-old mare by Visionaire (USA) out of a Jet Master mare. Four wins over 1600m and 1700m but to date has not tried further than 1900m. A fairly consistent sort but not sure of her role in this one. Pacemaker or joker in the pack?
Photographs: Jenny Stock, Gavin Macleod, Andrew Philip.