Roman Discent wins Castle Tankard 2018

HARARE – New entrant Roman Discent from South Africa had a debut to remember after winning the 56th edition of the Castle Tankard $50 000-rich Grade One horse race here yesterday.

Rider Mathew Thackeray was at hand to guide the four-year-old gelding in a tight race that comprised last year’s winner Comanche Brave, who failed to get a top placing.

It was an afternoon to remember for Roman Discent’s trainer Bridget Stidolph, who also had another runner Simona finishing in second place.

“I was fortunate enough to get some time out with the jockeys preparing for this race,” Stidolph told the Daily News on Sunday.

“It’s a special moment for me, a special moment for the whole stable and a proud moment we can all be proud of for a very long time.

“For now, we are going to enjoy the moment while it lasts before we can regroup and think about our next port of call; really honoured and proud of the work done today.”

Kilrain another South African horse finished in third place while Mathematician coming in from an injury sustained at last year’s OK Grand Challenge finished a respectable fourth.

When the horses jumped out of the starting stalls, Comache Brave enjoyed a considerable lead with the rest of the runners following in behind.

Roman Discent, Simona, Kilrain and Mathematician all closed in on the final stretch to take the top placings.

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