Eight fillies and mares have accepted to run in the 1260m Sable Flyers (LR) at Borrowdale Park on Friday and, having learnt the hard way that finding a winner in this one is tricky, don’t expect any worthwhile predictions.
In my view, this 1260m event should be won by an obvious sprinter but In The Mood, by Bold Silvano and an 11-time winner who has won 8 races from 1600m to 1800m, proved me wrong in 2018 and 2019. She goes for a Sable Flyers hat-trick here. The five-year-old mare will carry 56.5 kgs after Apprentice Rodgers Satombo has claimed 4 kgs.
In addition to In The Mood the Kirk Swanson stable will saddle the three-year-old Var (USA) filly Varnica (Takawira 56 kgs), and a winner of two races over 1200m, as well as Dunas Douradas, second to In The Mood last year, and another who does well up to 1800m.
This Byword (GB) mare has claiming Apprentice Walter Shumba in the irons and should weigh in at 50 kgs.
Vee Racing sends out White Winter, Moxie and Bam Bam Pebbles – quite a formidable trio – although White Winter is the obvious sprinter having won 6 races from 1100m to 1260m. By Warm White Night, this five-year-old carries 61 kgs and Nikki Sibanda is riding.
Dare I say that Moxie and Bam Bam Pebbles, just possibly, might prefer further?
Then Bridget Stidolph has thrown a spanner in the works with a Borrowdale Park first-timer, Targaryen Queen, a Jackson four-year-old with Apprentice Munashe Josi up. She has won two races over a mile and 1800m. Her last start was at the Vaal on 25 June.
Bridget has also entered Razna who has run twice at Borrowdale but won three in Gauteng from 1000 to 1200m. With Morgan Nyamagwete up Razna will carry 59.5kgs.
It is worth noting that this Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) four-year-old ran fourth to Golden Lion over 1200m at Borrowdale and was sandwiched between Varnica and White Winter. I am not going to talk about turnaround in weights, If any. If I had a race card to hand things might be easier.
This race is due off at 15.05 and could result in a worthwhile quartet – banking In The Mood and White Winter? Whatever you decide to do, do not listen to me.
Photographs by Zimbabwe Equine News. If the jockey has no mask the pics were taken iast year – and I can prove this.