Super Trouper has great shot - Terzi

HARARE - Trainer Gokhan Terzi is pinning hopes on Super Trouper to win the OK Grand Challenge grade two race at Borrowadale Race Park next weekend.

The gelding, with a merit rating of 84, is one of the three runners Terzi is saddling for the $40 000 race and Brendon McNaughton will be holding the straps.

Approval Rating and Rock the Country are the other two horses from the Glenwood Racing stable that will be lining up in the starting stalls.

“Super Trouper is probably our best bet for us winning the OK Grand Challenge next weekend,” Terzi told the Daily News yesterday.

“He surprised me when he came in fourth place at the Castle Tankard and he was definitely not ready for that race.

“It was his first race after a long time out and he was not far behind

“This time he is in good form and he is ready for this race and we also got a good draw because he will be starting at number five.

“Another thing is that the OK Grand Challenge is shorter by 200m than the Castle Tankard which was over 2000m.”

Approval Rating is the top rated runner from the Glenwood Racing stable for this race but Terzi is pessimistic of his chances of running out winner on the day. The horse will be guided by Lance Pagel and is highly rated at 98.

“Well Approval rating is our top rated horse from our stable but it will be very difficult for him to win the OK Grand Challenge,” he said.

“He has never won a race over 1600m and this race is going to be over 1800m so it will be difficult for him to win it.

“This time we have a good draw as well as he will be starting in number eight.”

Of his three runners, Terzi feels that Rock The Country is the weakest link and is not expecting much from the gelding.

Terzi is tipping the Alyson Wright trained A King Is Born to be the top contender for the race.

“The horse with best chance to win the race is A King Is Born but we will try to beat it with Super Trouper,” he said.

With a prize fund of $40 000, the winning connections will pocket a $24 000 while the second place will carry $8 000 and third has $4 800.

A total of 18 runners will line up for the race and the other horses to look out for will be Coltrane, Madigan and Captain’s Tiger.

Reigning Castle Tankard winner, Equina, will also be part of the 18 but odds are heavily staked against the filly from making it a double by winning the OK Grand Challenge.

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