Lone homebred vies for Castle Tankard

HARARE - Tallie Two will be the only local thoroughbred running at this year’s $50 000 Castle Tankard to be run at Borrowdale Park over 2 000m on May 7.

Weighing 52kg and trained by Penny Fisher, the horse has however, been placed as an outsider to win this year’s edition by the bookmakers with an odd of 25/1 although anything can happen on the day of the race.

At least 14 horses were confirmed for this year’s race at yesterday’s final acceptance.

The bookmakers have tipped nine-year-old Flax to win the race.

The South Africa-bred horse, who is trained by Bridget Stidolph, enters the race at an odd of 22/10.

Gokhan Terzi’s Eurakilon comes into the race with an odd of 5/2.

Other horses completing the list include Lucky Sam, Silva Hawk, Equina, Pacifica, Fah Fee, Mathematician, Print The Pounds, Rock The Country, Lava Flow, Windigo and Merhaba.

Speaking at yesterday’s event, Mashonaland Turf Club (MTC) chairman Christopher Peech said he was delighted with their continued partnership with their chief sponsor Castle Tankard.

“MTC is proud to host this prestigious Horse race, a premium status event and the only Grade 1 rated race in the country. The Castle Tankard’s premium appeal cuts across borders and attracts the cream of thoroughbreds both locally and across the region,” Peech said.

“It is indeed one of southern Africa’s biggest races in terms of stakes prize money, consumer appeal and racing entertainment. With a fascinating history in addition to being the oldest sponsored horse race in southern Africa, ... gives a glimpse ad insight into the origins of thoroughbred racing in Zimbabwe.

“The Mashonaland Turf Club draws exceptional pride in partnering Delta Beverages on this historic occasion. We are delighted to have worked side by side with them throughout the past half century, and we look forward to many more years of mutual benefit from this long-standing relationship.”

Delta Beverages sales executive Stanley Muchenje in his speech read in absentia said: “The Castle Tankard horse race has left a formidable mark to reckon with in our horse-racing fraternity. It has stood the taste of time, and is growing bigger and better. It is a race with a history.

“... This year’s field will have serious horses that will help create excitement around the event. These will come by way of strong local and international horses... Our partners have, as always, managed the race, with professionalism, integrity and above all, in line with true world standards.”

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