11 CITRUSDAL – 2022 TANKARD RUNNER
11 Drawn 2 52.0 5-year-old gelding
Owner: Messrs R S Dyer, S N Buchan, N Evans, M K Chant, G de Jong, A Dixon, R Morgan, R Sherwood & Bryn Ressell
Breeder: Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) – Trainer: Bridget Stidolph
Breeding: Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) – Key Bluff by Qui Danzig (USA)
Colours: Orange, white Maltese cross, sleeves and cap
Citrusdal is the fourth runner from the Stidolph yard and rather an enigma – I think. He has won six races from 1100m to 1900m and been placed 12 times from 26 starts.
His last outing was on April 24 when narrowly beaten by Three to Tango – both showing welcome signs of a return to form.
There can be few stamina doubts as Citrusdal ran second to At The Office over 2700m on June 5, but then finished way down the field in a 2700m event won by Heir Line in October. He can also sprint and won over 1100m Hachiman Sprint in yielding going on January 9, beating Emerald Floe.
I cannot imagine what Citrusdal will do on Castle Tankard Day. Morgan Nyamagwete rides and knows this son of Duke Of Marmalade well. He was 18/1 when betting opened. Be brave – have a flutter.
Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News