The “Tankard” has always been an integral part of Borrowdale Park but in 2020 the prestigious event fell victim to COVID regulations. This year it’s party time again.
We have the US$4000 Pioneers And Heroes Tankard on Sunday and can look forward to another thrilling race over 2000m.
Peggson, who won this race in 2019, steps out to defend his Tankard title, against the concerted efforts of What A Dandy, Finchatton, Yarraman, Wantage, Dindingwe, At The Office and Wild Heritage. The former Tankard winner will carry top weight of 60 kgs, and all going well should just be able to hold off former rivals Finchatton (winner of the 2021 Ok Grand Challenge), Yarraman and Wantage.
I always hope What A Dandy will shine but fear that this time the trip may be a little too far. If there is significant rainfall before Sunday, then the lighter weights could come to the fore. Wild Heritage is distance suited, as is At The Office who can, as they say, stay all day.
Most of you will have watched many Tankards and will know it is difficult to pick the winner. I’m hoping Peggson can do it again. Time will tell.
The first race on Sunday’s 7-race card is due off at 12.30, and the Pioneers & Heroes Tankard will take place at 15.55.