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 53rd edition of local horse racing’s most coveted prize was launched in the capital yesterday with Mashonaland Turf Club anticipating a quality field.

The feature race will be run over the classic distance of 10 furlongs, approximately 2 000 metres on May 4.

Nominations for the feature race will be completed on April 27 mid morning whilst the weights and draws will be conducted on April 29 at the same time.

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

Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda said the 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 five vehicles and thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

At last year’s Castle Tankard, bookmakers tipped four-year-old geldings Menacing and Coltrane to cinch the race.

But against all odds it was top rated filly Equina who broke the hearts of many after emerging as a dark horse to clinch the 52nd edition of the Castle Tankard.

Equina finished first in the Grade One race in a time of 119.47 seconds, one and half lengths ahead of, then defending champion, A king is Born.

It was all the sweeter that the top rated filly’s victory also marked the first time in 16-years that a female filly has won Africa’s oldest sponsored race.

More spills and thrills are expected at this year’s event.

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