Swanson targets Castle Tankard

HARARE - Champion trainer Kirk Swanson is targeting to win the 2015 Castle Tankard to add to the four wins under his belt already.

“We aiming to try and win and we are doing what we can do. I think it will be a fantastic race and I expect to see a few participants from South Africa it is always good to have them coming in trying to take us on,” Swanson said.

“The Castle Tankard is a very prestigious race and it’s something we all want to try and win. We are very blessed that Delta has stuck it out through the hard times and they are still here with us and hopefully this relationship carries on into infinity.”

Swanson-trained horses have won Africa’s oldest race ran across 2 000m four times in a row between 2005 and 2008.

Sports Record (2005), Reflectadanzig (2006), Muscat Express (2007) and Moon Horse (2008) are the horses from Swanson’s stable that galloped to victory at the Delta-sponsored race at Borrowdale Race Park.

“Sports Record was a very special horse probably the most confident I have ever been going into the Tankard,” Swanson says of his first Tankard winner.

“We galloped him just prior to the race and he mauled them down, Sports Record had character he was like a little bush pig he used to just run around and cause havoc and run away from the grooms so much that the grooms used to call him ‘Chifinhu’.”

Swanson, who is known in racing circles as Hwedza, is very pleased with his enviable milestone of training four consecutive Tankard winners.

“I am very proud of the achievement and it’s everyone’s endeavor to win the Castle Tankard; I have had a couple of seconds ever since,” he said.

“We are always looking for the next Castle Tankard winner, its every owner’s dream to win the Castle Tankard and for the trainers the Castle Tankard is the ultimate race to win in Zimbabwe.”

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