It was a memorable, and triumphant, afternoon at Borrowdale Park on Sunday afternoon for the Bridget Stidolph yard. The stable sent out the winners of both the feature races, and Mathew Thackeray rode both.
Lily Blue, to quote commentator Adrian Nydam, annihilated the 1800m Silver Slipper (L) field and has now bagged two legs of the Zimbabwe Triple Tiara. Preston, also from the Stidolph yard was second, 4 lengths back, followed by Lil Miss Gee and Centre Stage.
Bred by Geoff Armitage and owned by the Gin’ll Fix It Syndicate (nominee: Kirsty Stidolph), Robyn Macleod and Betty Prosser, one wonders where Lily Blue goes from here. The Zimbabwe Oaks and the Zimbabwe 2000?
Former Castle Tankard winner Peggson proved he hasn’t lost his touch when he won the 2000m Champion Breeders Cup (L) in fine style. Three To Tango finished 3 lengths behind him, then came Bugatti Blue and In The Mood. (Kirk Swanson runners filled all the minor placings and he also had a good day at the office having won the first four races on the card).
Peggson is owned by Messrs A Ackhurst, G De Jong, G M Littleford, S H Murray, A P Nydam, P C Rugg, S W Shutt, S N Buchan & N Evans.
The Stidolph/Thackeray team scored again when top weight Christofle won the last race.
Congratulations to all the winning connections.
Photographs by Gavin Macleod