Yer-Maan wins Grand Challenge

HARARE - Graystone Stud bred Yer-Maan lived up to pre-race expectations after producing a top ride to land the 2015 OK Grand Challenge main race over 1 800m here yesterday.

With champion jockey Quinton Riddle holding the straps the six-year-old gelding rediscovered the form that saw him win the Castle Tankard last month to clinch the $24 000 winner’s cheque on offer yesterday.

Yer-Maan beat Thriller In Manila by one length whilst Rock The Country finished third a further 0,75 lengths behind.

Last year’s queen of the double Equina finished fourth whilst pre-race favourites Warcraft and Lucky Sam where nowhere close to the money.

“It turned out exactly as we had hoped,” an excited Riddle told reporters.

“There was some good pace upfront. I tucked him out at the back and just delayed. When I turned into the straight, it looked doubtful that I might get a run so I just waited, waited and waited and at the right time the gap opened he just accelerated.

“Unbelievable! He has such a heart this horse.”

Speaking on completing the double, Riddle said there was no better feeling.

“He is the best horse I know. If I have to rate him with past horses I have run on. He is probably the best. I’m just grateful to win a big race like this as a Zimbabwean,” he said.

The win took Yer-Maan’s tally to 10 wins in 36 runs that have yielded 10 placings.

The winner of the Castle Tankard in May had entered the race highly rated at odds 33-10 and did not disappoint.

Thriller In Manila was perhaps the biggest breaker of hearts after he had been cast as a dark horse on odds 25-1.

But the horse from Amy Bronkhorst stable had a powerful run with Kevin Derere aboard, who was seeking to become the first black-Zimbabwean jockey to win the OK Grand Challenge since Nkululelo Sibanda rode Century Star to victory in 2008.

The four-year-old gelding was amongst the leading pack turning into the home stretch but a sudden burst of pace from the St John Gray trained Yer-Maan denied Derere.

Comments (2)

Hie can you give me the full list of 2015 Ok Grand Horse race winners 1 up to 7 Thank you

Michael Machiridza - 11 June 2015

i need full results of horses of ok grand challenge 06-06-15 from number 1-7

fast mudzitirwa - 12 June 2015

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