HARARE – Horse trainer Gorkhan Terzi has pinned his hopes of landing this years’ Castle Tankard on six-year-old gelding Eurakilon saying he is in good stead to give a good showing on race day.
The son of Classic Flag has hit top form in recent times and is expected to be among the front runners over 2 000m at Borrowdale Race Park on Saturday.
The gelding is part of 13 speed merchants bidding to claim Africa’s oldest sponsored race which carries a purse of $50 000.
“We are expecting a big run from Eurakilon,” Terzi told the Daily News yesterday.
“He has a good weight, the jockey knows him well and I expect a top three finish. I trained Yermaan who won last year. So I know what it takes to win the race.”
Eurakilon comes into the race on the back of an impressive showing during the running of the 1 600m Independence Trophy when he displayed a perfect mix of staying stamina and brutal sprinting ability to decimate the 12-horse field.
The gelding now has seven wins under his belt and is partnered with regular jockey Lance Pagel for the daunting 2 000m distance.
Terzi’s yard also consists of Rock the Country (12) and Merhaba (11), a duo he expects to surprise many on race day.
Former Castle Tankard winner Equina (13) will be another horse to look out for on Saturday.
She will be the only runner coming out of Amy Bronckhorst’s yard, with her trainer eager to see her get back to her best.
Mathematician (7) will also bid to add weight to his rising stock.
The three-year-old gelding Black Minnaloushe is inexperienced with only nine races worth of turf experience in his fledgling career.
The Bridget Stidolph-trained runner has proven his capability in a handful of feature races but has only recently started tackling trips over 1 600m.
Trainer Stidolph also sends another pairing of Lucky Sam (8) and Print The Pounds (9) ridden respectively by Karl Zechner and Fanie Chambers.
Silva Hawk (10) and Windigo (1) are interesting runners turning out for the Kirk Swanson yard.
The former is a five-year-old son of Silvano just relocated from Sean Tarry’s yard in South Africa.
Windigo in contrast is in hot form and constantly on the up.