Ginepri storms to Grand Challenge win
HARARE – Ginepri won the $40 000 OK Grand Challenge main race after a strong ride from Francois Herholdt Saturday at the Borrowdale Race Park.
It was second time lucky for Ginepri, who came in second place at last month’s Castle Tankard behind A King is Born.
The Argentinean bred horse however came to the party yesterday and won the featured race by almost a full length ahead of second placed Madigan.
Ginepri, who is trained by Sebastien D Aquino, came into the race at 5/1 odds, but did well to upset the pre-race favourites Super Trouper and Approval Ratings.
Both horses had odds of 9/2 at the start of the race but could only finish fifth and 11th respectively.
For Madigan, from Kirk Swanson’s stable, it was perhaps a good finish considering its recent performances.
A King is born, who was looking for a double following Castle Tankard victory, could only finish third some 1. 75 lengths behind Ginepri.
Following the Tankard win, A King is born came into yesterday’s race with an extra five kilograms.
Swanson, who had two horses in the race, Madigan and Captain’s Tiger reckoned the outcome was not much of a surprise.
“I wasn’t too much surprised with the result. A King Is Born won the Castle Tankard and came into this race after picking a penalty,” he said.
“Genipri only picked up one penalty. As for Madigan we expected a lot from him but obviously he didn’t pull through.”
Captian’s Tiger finished way down the packing order in 12th place.
Earlier in the day, Daniel Frank was the only black jockey to emerge victorious after he won race two when he saddled Serene Geisha.
“I knew the horse very well so, I just hope my success will motivate trainers to take more local jockeys as opposed to foregin jockeys,” Frank said.
Pre-race favourites Approval Rating and Super Trouper who both had odds of 9/2 both failed to live up to expectation.