Call The Wind, a winner of her three starts, takes on one-time winners in the 1600m Fillies Classic at Borrowdale Park on Sunday – but it is not quite so simple.
Lady Sanzas’s debut win was spectacular – but this filly has not been tested since – and both Keen Spirit and Days Gone By come into the reckoning, having been around the bend before. It would help to be clairvoyant in this, the first leg of Zimbabwe’s Triple Tiara. Last year the Fillies Classic was won by Dindingwe.
Fortunately, there Is still time to make what you will of the somewhat limited form and unpack your crystal balls and so forth. The Fillies Classic runners are listed below.
There are 8 races on Sunday’s card and the first race is off at 12.05. The Fillies Classic is at 16.10.
1 CALL THE WIND Drawn 4 – 58 kgs (MR77) C Habib – Vanessa Birketoft Twice Over (GB) – Silvan Wind by Silvano (GER) 3 starts 3 wins 1100m-1200m
On November 21 finished 2.50 lengths clear of Keen Spirit over 1200m when conceding 5 kgs. Highest rated filly in this one. This will be her first race over 1600m but bred to do it.
2 KEEN SPIRIT Drawn 3 – 58 kgs (MR61) N Takawira – Debra Swanson Skitt Skizzle – Caesour’s Spirit by Caesour (USA) 6 starts 1 win 4 places 1100m – 1600m.
At the last race meeting, Keen Spirit ran second to Cutback (1.50 lengths) in the 1600m Guineas Trial when both carried 60 kgs. Stable companion Days Gone By (receiving half a kilogram) was further back in heavy going.
3 DAYS GONE BY Drawn 1 – 58 kgs (MR57) J Penny – Debra Swanson Byword (GB) – Rememberance by Fort Wood (USA) 7 starts 1 win 4 places 1000m – 1800m.
Won an 1800m Maiden Plate on December 4 and was second to stablemate Tigers Eagle in the 1600m Tote Free. I expected her to do better in the Guinea Trial.
4 LADY SANZA Drawn 2 – 58 kgs (MR57) K Matsunyane – Gokhan Terzi Rafeef (AUS) – Supreme Dynasty by Dynasty 1 start 1 win over 1000m on October 10 and a mysterious ‘woman’.
The dogs began barking after Lady Sanza beat Ian’s Ferrari by four lengths on 10 October, and she was expected to win her next start by a country mile. However, Lady Stanza never ran on 19 December in the 1600m Tote Free, as a result of problems at the start. This will be her second race and first trip around the turn.
Photographs by Zimbabwe Equine News