SAVING THE BEST UNTIL LAST

Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News: Owlinthetree and Morgan Nyamagwete at the last race meeting.

The last two races on tomorrow’s Borrowdale Park card could well be the most exciting. It is hard to choose between the 1600m Progress Plate and the 1260m Pinnacle Plate 105 as both have interesting runners.

Tandava returns to Borrowdale Park in the Pinnacle after a lengthy break but with a 6 kg pull in weights he should, if racing fit, be a match for Coachella.

The Progress Plate isn’t quite as simple. Zambezi Rapids, as a three-time winner carries 60 kgs, and Owlinthetree is on 57.5 kgs.  The latter will be giving Bam Bam Pebbles 1 kg and when they met over 1600m on June 3 Owlinthetree, conceding 2 kgs, was only three-parts of a length behind him. At the last Borrowdale meeting Owlinthetree was 1.60 lengths off Peggson over 2000m at level weights which is not to be sneezed at.

Zambezi Rapids, third to Lily Blue in the recent Zimbabwe Derby, is not so easy to assess.  He has won from 1200 – 1800m so will be distance suited.  This is something of an acid test for the son of Dynasty and may the best horse win.

The Progress Plate is the sixth on tomorrow’s card and is off at 16 05.  The Pinnacle Plate is due to be run at 16 45.

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