Back-To-Back Winner Double Dab

Double Dab, a winner over 1200m on January 17, scored again in the 1600m MR 65 Handicap at Borrowdale Park on Sunday.

The five-year-old Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) mare is trained by Gokhan Terzi and Calvin Habib was riding while regular jockey Brendon McNaughton, recovering from an injury, watched from the stands. Double Dab has now won four.

Gokhan Terzi was on course on Sunday having come back home to Borrowdale, and he paid tribute to his Assistant Trainer, Vanessa Birketoft, for managing everything so well.

Double Dab was bred by Eclipse Racing & Breeding and her proud owners are Gengiz Goksel and Bruce McLauchlan.


No Stopping Calvin Habib

Calvin Habib was in fine form at Borrowdale Park on Sunday where he had four rides for four winners.

He is seen here on Peacable, riding for Bridget Stidolph, and taken after the 1800m Maiden Plate. By Querari (GER) the three-year-old filly, bred by Maine Chance Farms, is owned by Newbury Racing (Pty) Ltd (nominee Mr D E Evans). This was Peacable’s second start at Borrowdale.

Habib also won on Mind Master, Double Dab and Hold The Biscuit – all trained by Gokhan Terzi.

The Stidolph yard had another winner earlier in the afternoon when Teaque Gould scored on Butchie Boy in the 1800m MR 90 Handicap.

Congratulations everyone.

Photograph by Zimbabwe Equine News.

Flying Fillies

Zimbabwe’s top two three-year-olds, Dindingwe (*Rodgers Satombo) and True Beauty (Kevin Derere), lived up to expectations in the 2021 Zimbabwe Guineas at Borrowdale Park yesterday.

Both fillies are based in Kirk Swanson’s yard and have clashed before. This time Dindingwe retained the upper hand but True Beauty, was gallant in defeat. Dindingwe has now won five of her six starts.

The Swanson stable also won the first race on Sunday, a 1200m Maiden Plate, with Over Sharing – Norbert Takawira in the irons.

Photograph by Laurent Viguie.


Dindingwe and True Beauty provided a thrilling finish to the Zimbabwe Guineas (Gr3) at Borrowdale Park this afternoon (Sunday), and Dindingwe, held on to beat her stablemate who was closing fast.

Due to scratchings, this was a depleted field, but the two main players were there and that’s what counted.

Dindingwe, bred by Ndoro Stud, is by Futura out of a Jallad (USA) mare. She is trained by Swanson Racing, and Apprentice Rodgers Satombo was in the irons. Congratulations to the winning connections including owners Mr CM and Mrs EB Shepherd, Mrs K M Bonthrone, B Linnell, Mr G Carter and Mrs P J Lewis, C J Danckwerts, S P Gorringe, G M Littleford, S H Murray, V Patel, P C Rugg and D K Ward.

Jubilee from Tomcat Racing finished third and Magnus Maximus fourth.

Racing At Borrowdale Today

The first race at Borrowdale Park this afternoon in due off at 12 40 and the feature is the Zimbabwe Guineas, first leg of the Zimbabwe Triple Crown, at 16 15.

There are several scratchings so be sure to check the card changes throughout this morning and if you are watching from home remember the live stream on Clocking The Gallop on UTube. A link will appear later on this site.

All Set For A Sizzling Zimbabwe Guineas

Whichever way you look at it the Kirk Swanson stable has a super-strong hand in the Zimbabwe Guineas at Borrowdale Park on Sunday. It should be a great race.

The yard will saddle Dindingwe, True Beauty, Magnus Maximus and Diesel And Dust; Thomas Mason fields Jubilee, winner of two of his three starts up the straight at Borrowdale. Gokhan Terzi’s Mazikeen completes the line-up. This filly has the most racing experience and won her last start over the mile convincingly.

Dindingwe and True Beauty need no introduction having collected most of the three-year-old features between them. Apprentice Rodgers Satombo has steered Dindingwe to victory in the Champion Juvenile Stakes, the Breeders Fillies Mile and the recent Fillies Classic. He has the ride again but cannot claim his allowance here so Dindingwe meets chief rival True Beauty, the Tote Free winner, on level terms this time. The three fillies will all carry 55.5 kgs.

Teaque Gould will ride Diesel And Dust, winner of his only start – a 1700m Maiden. Magnus Maximus will have Gavin Lerena in the irons which should stand him in good stead. Jackson’s son won the Guineas Trial in February, finishing ahead of Obscure, Suave Judge and Mazikeen.

Lerena has ridden winners at Borrowdale before but has not been back for quite a while. He is booked to ride in six of the seven races on Sunday’s card which will certainly add spice to the meeting.The Guineas is the last race on the day and is due off at 16 15.

ZIMBABWE GUINEAS (Grade 3) For all 3-year-olds/ 1st leg Triple Crown

No Apprentice Allowance

1 (1) MAGNUS MAXIMUS 58 kgs (MR82) G Lerena – Kirk Swanson Jackson – Russini (ZIM) by Kitalpha (USA)

2 (5) JUBILEE 58 kgs (MR79) J Gates – Thomas Mason Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Lucy Would by Fort Wood (USA)

SCRATCHED –3 (3) DIESEL AND DUST 58 kgs (MR76) T Gould – Kirk Swanson Futura – Jalinga by Jallad (USA)

4 (2) DINDINGWE 55.5 kgs (MR90) *R Satombo – Kirk Swanson Futura – Miss Delish by Jallad (USA)

5 (4) TRUE BEAUTY 55.5kgs (MR88) K Derere – Kirk Swanson Skitt Skizzle – Beautiful Jo by Silvano (GER)

SCRATCHED – 6 (6) MAZIKEEN 55.5 kgs (MR75) C Habib – Gokhan Terzi Twice Over (GB) – Jennyanydots by Black Minnaloushe (USA)

Photographs by Zimbabwe Equine News, Andrew Philip and Gavin MacLeod.

This Programme Bugs Me

…so – asking from the peanut gallery – will someone please explain why?

To date during the 2020/21 racing season, we have had 12 Borrowdale Park race meetings (between the 9th August 2020 and the 7th March 2021).

I am sure someone will correct me if I am mistaken but I have always thought 1000m was the minimum trip (discounting juvenile races), but 1000m races are now few and far between, and some unusual distances have been introduced.  

When you add up the numbers the programme seems somewhat unbalanced – and I was surprised to see a 3000m event scheduled for March 21 – when one considers the dearth of races for stayers and the fact that we have missed a couple of meetings and training has sometimes been disrupted by the heavy rains.

These are the figures for races during this period. Let’s see if anyone agrees:

1000m – 4 races – 3 on August 9, and 1 on November 14.

1100m – 11 races including the Hachiman Sprint.

1200m – 14 races including the Jacaranda Free and the National Foods Gold Cup.

1260m – 7 races including the Sable Flyers.

1450m – 6 races including the Breeders Sprint on August 28.

1500m – 2 races including an Allowance Plate on October 30 and a Graduation Plate on January 3.

1600m – 20 races, including the Zimbabwe Challenge, Breeders Fillies Mile, Tote Free, the Fillies Classic and the Ipi Tombe Stakes.

1700m – 7 races.

1800m – 9 races including the National Foods Cup and the Champion Fillies Stakes.

1900m – 2 races – a Pinnacle Plate 100 on December 20 and an MR 70 Handicap on March 7.

2000m – 2 races – MR 85 on December 11 and MR 80 on February 24.

2200m – 1 race – MR 70 on November 28.

2400m – 0 races.

2700m – 0 races.

Horses have been nominated for the meeting on Sunday March 21 and the races include the 1600m Zimbabwe Guineas, and two 1600m events (MR90 and MR65); an 1100m Graduation Plate and a 1200m MR 80 Handicap;  a Maiden Plate over 1800m and a 3000m race.


Photograph by Gavin MacLeod: Tandava (Deon Sampson), trained by Gokhan Terzi and based in his Borrowdale satellite yard, won the 1000m Borrowdale Handicap way back when, beating Twilight Trip (Arries), Coastal Torrent (Samuel) and Butchie Boy (Moodley) to the line.

Hedwig – One For The Notebook

Hedwig won the 1200 Maiden Plate

Late scratchings due mainly to a virus sweeping through some of the yards played havoc with the 1200m Maiden Plate where Sunday’s field was reduced to three Borrowdale Park first-timers – Green Serenity, Peacable and the unraced Master Of My Fate filly, Hedwig.

Hedwig, trained by Gokhan Terzi, won the race by a staggering 8 lengths with Hennie Greyling aboard.  Definitely one for the notebook and owned by Gengiz Goksel.

Gengiz Goksel, Mike Eaton, Gary Carter and Paula Lewis own Mazikeen – also trained by Terzi and ridden by Greyling – was another runaway winner in the 1600m Novice Plate. This time the winning margin was four lengths and placings went to Seattle Swift, Magic Mike and Farm Yard Tractor. 

Mazikeen, is a three-year-old filly by Twice Over (GB), bred by Klawervlei Stud.

Congratulations to all the winning connections.


Photographs: Zimbabwe Equine News.  


Two More For Swansons

Mill Creek – 1100m MR 65 Handicap

The Kirk Swanson yard, with Norbert Takawira in the irons, paid two visits to the Borrowdale Park winner’s enclosure on Sunday.

First up was the Pathfork mare, Mill Creek, who narrowly held off Jardin in the 1100m MR 65 Handicap.  She is owned by Messrs C G & R Bonthrone & Mrs J B Bonthrone, Ms S P Moyo, Mr G Tafeni and Dr Ben Mugabe. Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm this was Mill Creek’s fifth victory.

Another close finish came in the 1900m MR 70 Handicap when the Swanson-trained Haga Haga came from behind to beat Tomcat Racing’s Seattle Frost by a whisker. The seven-year-old Haga Haga, by Mullins Bay (GB), has now won nine races.  He is owned by Drs Ben Mugabe and Ronald Mhizha.

Well done everyone!

Haga Haga – his ninth win.

Photographs: Zimbabwe Equine News.

Stidolph And Gould Combo The Tops

Wantage, winner of the 2021 Ipi Tombe Stakes (L)

The Bridget Stidolph yard, paired with Teaque Travis Gould, won three of the seven races at Borrowdale Park on Sunday – including the Ipi Tombe Stakes (L) with Wantage.

Earlier in the afternoon Ultra Edge scored in the 1450m Maiden Plate, soon followed by Fortuna Doro in the MR 75 Handicap, also over 1450m.

Wantage is owned by Gael and Denis Evans of Newbury Racing (Pty) Ltd. Messrs R S Dyer, S N Buchan, N Evans, M K Chant, G de Jong, A Dixon, R Morgan, R Sherwood and Bryn Russell would have been shouting for Ultra Edge, and most of them, in the very next race, would have cheered Fortuna Doro to the wire.

Congratulations everyone.

Photographs by Zimbabwe Equine News