Stablemates Dindingwe and True Beauty are due to clash again in the 1600m Fillies Classic at Borrowdale Park on Wednesday – and this is the first leg of Zimbabwe’s Silver Tiara.
On previous form it is hard to look further than this sparkling pair but if you are looking for long shots there is Mazikeen from the Gokhan Terzi stable, Borrowdale newcomer Karoo Winter, and Obscure to consider. Obscure is sister to Lily Blue who won the Silver Tiara in 2020, and for all sorts of sentimental reasons many will be wishing her well.
All the runners are set to carry 58 kgs – but Dindingwe and Karoo Winter will have claiming apprentices in the irons.
Let’s take a look at the field:
1 (3) DINDINGWE 58.0 (MR88) *R Satombo (2.5) Kirk Swanson
By Futura out of a Jallad (USA) mare. Dindingwe is the winner of three of her four starts, including the Champion Juvenile Stakes and the Breeders Fillies Mile. Her stable companion True Beauty looks her main threat but in the Fillies Mile she got the better of True Beauty by 2.50 lengths when *Satombo was still claiming 4 kgs.
2 (2) TRUE BEAUTY 58.0 (MR88) N Takawira Kirk Swanson
By Skitt Skizzle out of a Silvano (GER) mare. A winner of three of her seven starts, including the 1200m Jacaranda Free Handicap and the 1600m Tote Free Handicap, True Beauty is the other class act in this one, but has yet to beat Dindingwe over 1600m. It is guaranteed she is going to try.
3 (6) KAROO WINTER 58.0 (MR76) *W Shumba (4.0) Thomas Mason
By Futura out of a Western Winter mare. 7 starts in the Cape and placed over 1400m and 1600m. Last raced at Kenilworth in November. Dropped in at the deep end for this her first start at Borrowdale but, if fully acclimatised, might surprise.
4 (5) POWDER PUFF 58.0 (MR74) K Derere Noelene Peech
By Judpot (USA) out of a Fort Wood mare. Placed over 1450 at Turffontein. Only race at Borrowdale was in the 1200m Jacaranda Free Handicap in October when 4.40 lengths off True Beauty and was also behind Dindingwe and Mazikeen that day. Has probably improved.
5 (4) MAZIKEEN 58.0 (MR69) C Habib Gokhan Terzi
By Twice Over (GB) out of a Black Minnaloushe (USA) mare. Won her first start over 1000m on February 19, 2020, and since then has been consistently placed from 1200m to 1600m. Her last outing was in the Guineas Trial a month ago but ignore that as Mazikeen can do better. However, Dindingwe and True Beauty have proved hard to beat, so far.
6 (1) OBSCURE 58.0 (MR64) T Gould Bridget Stidolph
By Black Minnaloushe (USA) out of a Kitalpha (USA) mare. On November 28 Obscure won a 1450m Maiden Plate in very soft going with Teaque Gould aboard. She was fourth behind True Beauty, Mazikeen and Suave Judge in the 1600m Tote Free Handicap, and second to Magnus Maximus in the recent Guineas Trial. An interesting runner.
7 (7) SEATTLE SWIFT 58.0 (MR57) K Steyn Bridget Stidolph
By Alado (GB) out of an Imperial Stride (GB mare). Left the maiden ranks on January 3 over 1600m in very soft going. Prior to that something seemed to have gone amiss in the Breeders Fillies Mile, but she was 5.75 lengths off Tricky Business over 1700m in December. Needs to show improvement to feature here.
Photographs by Jenny Stock, Gavin McLeod and Laurent Viguie