Bumper payouts are in store for punters in the Zimbabwe Republic Police Fillies Charity Stakes — which will be contested by 11 of the best three to five-year old female horses at Borrowdale Race Course this afternoon.
By Michael Kariati
A race that attracts the cream of the crop like Marumbala, Sin Latigo, Gee I Jane, and Eversolucky is mouthwatering.
The race also features the inform Casey’s Dance who improved her record at Borrowdale race course to five wins in 11 starts following her one length win over Gentle Brook in the Sable Flyers Stakes which was over 1 200 metres.
But she meets Gentle Brook again. The two most promising horses around battle in the longer 1 600 metres which will decide which of the two horses — the filly or the mare — is the better.
Lisa Harris’ four-year-old enters the course with the advantage of weight as she will be carrying 57 kg against Gentle Brook’s 59,8 kg. But Amy Bronkhorst’s mare makes up for the weight disadvantage with a favourable draw of six compared to Casey Dance’s 11.
Stable jockey Randall Simons will ride Casey’s Dance who is eager to maintain her fine form. The filly has won her past two 1 200 metre races and finished second in a 1000 metre race which seemed shorter for her liking.
Despite being drawn on the outside of the field, Casey’s Dance looks in with every chance, and could once again snatch victory just ahead of Gentle Brook.
However, Casey’s Dance and Gentle Brook can get beaten. The horse that is capable of rocking the applecart is Zimbabwean bred Marumbala.
The five-year-old has been very consistent. She won both the Merit Rated 70 and Merit Rated 80 Handicaps before finishing second to Count The Music in the Merit Rated 52 Handicap.
She was placed third in the Merit Rated 75 Handicap to become one of the few horses that have been placed since the season started. With such a record, who can rule out Marumbala from a podium finish?
Sin Latigo could be closely involved in the finish following his top class run in the Merit Rated 68 Handicap and the added advantage of carrying only 45 kilogrammes and for that matter drawn on two.
Demitase, Wisteria Way, Tallie Two, and Felani are very promising but in this field, they appear better prospects for placings.
Olympic Goal who finished last in her first two outings of the season before a third placing is the outsider in this race. But should she surprise, she guarantees the punter of huge financial pickings.
The winning horse will take home US$5 400 with the second placed horse guaranteed of US$1 800. The horse that finishes third is assured of US$1 125 while the horse that finishes fourth gets US$625.
Punters, however, usually take home far much more than what is on offer for the horses should they predict correctly especially in the quartet.