All The Bids out of Castle Tankard

HARARE - The Cornie Spies yard is disappointed that their bid for a Castle Tankard champion has gone up in smoke after All The Bids (15) was scratched due to injury.

The three-year-old gelding was ruled out of Africa’s prestigious horse race to be run over 2 000m this Saturday at Borrowdale Race Park with a sprained right pastern.

“It’s obviously a big disappointment for us not to run the race. We were looking forward to the Castle Tankard,” Pierre Venter, stable trainer at Cornie Spies stable told the Daily News yesterday. 

“We had a good chance of winning and it’s obviously disappointing not to take part. We are hoping to get the horse back in shape and hopefully next year we will be able to compete at the Castle Tankard.”

Zimbabwean jockey Kevin Derere had been nominated to ride All The Bids this weekend but after the injury he will now hold the straps on Gentle Brook from the Amy Bronkhorst stable.

With their horse out of the race that holds a $50 000 purse, Venter now tips Alyson Wright’s Western Winter gelding Warcraft to be victorious this weekend.

Wright has already trained two previous champions before. She won the race with Code Rock in 2012 while A King Is Born made it two wins in a row in 2013.

Last year, A King Is Born was beaten to second place by four-year-old filly Equina from Bronkhorst’s yard. 

“Well, I would like to wish all the trainers and owners a very successful Castle Tankard this Saturday,” he said.

“I would hope that the horse from Mrs Alyson Wright’s stable, Warcraft wins the race. It had a good run in its last race.”

Meanwhile, Betina Gurajena, Mashonaland Turf Club Racing Manager, said all preparations for the big day on Saturday were now on course. 

“We are now at the advantaged stage. Most of the things are now in place aand just waiting for the day to come,” she said.

“We are just disappointed that one of the horses for the main race, All the bids has been scratched due to an injury.”

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