Don't count us out – Derere

HARARE - Distinguished jockey Kevin Derere says he will give Captain’s Tiger every winning chance in today’s 52nd edition of the Castle Tankard.

The seven-year-old gelding will be one of 17 speed merchants bidding to give favourite, Coltrane, a run for his money, and hopefully claim Africa’s oldest sponsored  race that will be run over 2 000m Borrowdale race course.

Captain’s Tiger, who hails from Kirk Swanson yard will jump from gate two with a weight of 57, 5 kg on his shoulder.

Consistency has probably been the Son of Century Stand’s biggest asset as it comes into today’s Grade One race on the backdrop of 43 runs that have yielded 11 wins and 24 placings.

But against bookmaker favourites in four-year-old geldings Coltrane and Menacing, one feels Captain’s Tiger will really have to punch above his current form.

However, Derere who is holding the straps insists a good draw of two gives the pair a good a chance to prove doubters wrong.

Derere comes into the race with 6 014 rides under his belt from which has come 380 wins and 2084 placings.

“I’m fancying my chances but the horse to beat in this race is Coltrane,” Derere told the Daily News yesterday.

“Hey, it won’t be easy. You have the best horse in the race in Coltrane with Anton Marcus aboard. We call him the ‘Superman’. It won’t be easy.

“But I have good draw. My target is to enjoy the race and hope everything goes according to plan.”

The last time Derere and Captain’s Tiger paired up they went on to claim the Independence Trophy on April 6, and neutrals will hope the duo can rediscover that form this afternoon.

“Captain’s Tiger has been working well for the past three weeks. He is well weighted and I feel he is at his peak despite age not being on his side,” added Derere.

And like Captains Tiger other runners will be fancying their chances of catching a place at the Castle Tankard whose stake has been set at $50 000.

Neutrals will hope defending champion A King Is Born who is trained by Alyson Wright with Deon Sampson holding the straps will hit top form.

But punters will bear in mind that as has been the case in the last 51 editions of the high stakes Castle Tankard, it would be no surprise if a dark horse clinches the Grade One race to break the hearts of many.

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