2014 Castle Tankard launched

HARARE - Several top rated horses will line up at Borrowdale racecourse starting stalls next month bidding to claim Africa’s oldest sponsored race, the Castle Tankard, whose stake money has been set at $50 000.

The 52nd edition of local horse racing’s most coveted prize was launched in the capital yesterday, with Mashonaland Turf Club racing manager Robson Chinamasa anticipating a quality field.

The premier race will be run over the classic distance of 10 furlongs, approximately 2000 meters on April 28.

“Entries for the main race will be due on Monday, the 21st of April,” said Chinamasa.

“They is excitement in the horse racing community, I foresee a lot of horses coming to Zimbabwe.

I have been having a number of enquiries from South Africa. So I can promise that we will have a perfect field.”

From humble beginnings of Castle Brewery Invitation Stakes in 1960, the horseracing event has grown to become an open race where anyone can enter.

Delta beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda said Castle Tankard’s rich history was testament of the brands timeliness for generations past and present.

“The Castle Tankard horse race is the first ever sponsored horse race in Africa and it is no exaggeration that it remains the most prestigious horse race in Zimbabwe,” said Murambinda, adding:

“Those of you in the know will remember that the Castle Lager relationship with horse racing dates back to around 1904, when the Castle brand first played a significant role as an advertiser.”

Apart for the stakes for the betting public, the meet promises something for everyone.

Consumers have a chance to win one of four Nissan NP 300 vehicles and one double cab Nissan Navara, whilst traders will have a chance to walk away with 1, 500 cases of Castle Lager.

Kwazulu Natal trainer Alyson Wright won the Grade 1 Castle Tankard race last year after Klawervlei Stud bred A King Is Born.

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