Riddle savours Tankard win

HARARE - Veteran jockey Quinton Riddle, who broke his ribs earlier in the season, felt a sense of sentimental relief after he helped Yer-maan gallop to victory at the 53rd Castle Tankard at Borrowdale Race Park on Saturday.

The South African trained six-year-old gelding was against the odds having opened betting on 8/1, with seven other horses tipped ahead of it.

In the draw of 14 speed merchants, Yer-maan was carrying the second biggest weight of 59,5kg.

The St John Gray trained horse produced the goods with a late surge to emerge victorious after a sprint that decided the outcome of the fast paced 2 000m Grade One race.

Naturally, Riddle was elated but reflected on what he termed a tough season.

“I haven’t had an easy season. I have had problems with injuries. So I have had time off. I have broken my ribs,” he said.

“It hasn’t been a comfortable season. I have been champion jockey four out of five years so I have work to do, but I will still catch up.”

Warcraft, who was first out the starting stalls, lost his lead in the final 500m of the race with Lucky Sam coming in to claim second whilst the four-year-old gelding settled for third.

Gorkhan Terzi’s Rock The Country finished fourth, having been a major contender after opening betting at 6/1.

As for the South African trained Yer-maan, the win was its ninth win in 35 runs that have yielded 10 placings.

“From here we are now looking up to the OK Grand Challenge and then the Republic Cup at the end of the season,” Riddle said.

The veteran jockey, who has over 1433 rides under his belt, feels invigorated after the win and believes punters are in for a killing if they bet on him.

“Stick with me until the end of the season. I will have a few winners,” he said.

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