Equina is Queen of the double

HARARE - Not many bookmakers made four-year-old filly Equina their favourite to win the OK Grand Challenge on Saturday ahead of 17 other top rated horses.

After all, her win in the Castle Tankard last month, that made her the first young female horse in 16 years to win Africa’s oldest race, had come at the expense of favourites Coltrane and A King is Born.

But as the thousands that graced Borrowdale Race Park on Saturday would soon witness, the Silvano filly stepped up with another breathtaking run to land the OK Grand Challenge $40,000 stakes Grade Two race.

Pegged as an outsider at odds of 9/2 but drawn favourably in lane six, the Cheveley Stud bred Silvano filly showed the boys how it's done finishing first in 107.55 seconds, 1.25 lengths ahead of Lucky Sam.

Approval Rating finished third, 1.35 lengths behind Equina whilst Captains Tiger finished fourth a further half a length behind.

Bookmakers favuorite, four-year-old gelding, Coltrane was nowhere near the pace setters dismally  finishing last out of the 18 runners and breaking the hearts of many.

However, for Equina the win raised her to new heights as she becomes the first filly to win both the OK Grand Challenge and Castle Tankard in the same year.

It was also another feather to the cap of trainer Amy Bronkhorst as well as Zimbabwean-born jockey Karl Zechner, who was holding the straps.

The daughter of Silvano out of the Al Mufti mare, Winning Touch is only in its first year under the training of Bronkhorst.

The victory was South African based Zechner’s 227th win in a career spanning over 4035 rides.

For the Cheveley Stud bred Equina, it was her eighth win from 19 runs that have yielded five placings.

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