MJ Travels For De Kock

Leading SA trainer raids Zim flagship

Cape jockeys Greg Cheyne and MJ Byleveld will ride in the 56th renewal of the $50 000 Gr1 Castle Tankard at Borrowdale Park on Saturday.

Kilrain (red cap) flies up late in the Drum Star behind Dawn Assault

It is a particularly busy weekend for Byleveld, who has five rides at Greyville On Friday evening, jets out to Harare on Saturday, and then takes up four rides at Kenilworth on Sunday.

Africa’s oldest sponsored race and Zimbabwe’s only Gr1 event The Castle Tankard has attracted a field of nine. There are no Zimbabwean-bred horses in the line-up.

Last year’s winner Commanche Brave is back to defend his title. He is now trained by Bridget Stidolph, who saddles five of the nine runners.

Mike de Kock

Mike de Kock – another international raid

Mike de Kock’s hard-knocking 6yo Kilrain, with Master Switch, the highest-rated runner in the field, will be ridden by MJ Byleveld and is likely to start favourite after his eyecatching recent third in the Listed Drum Star Handicap at Turffontein.

De Kock has never won a race in Zimbabwe, having raided on one previous occasion.

The race will be broadcast on Tellytrack at 16h25.
See the field below:
1 7 Ashton Park 60 98 A CARD SCRATCHING Penny Fisher
2 9 Kilrain 59 96 A M Byleveld Mike de Kock
3 5 Master Switch 59 96 T A W Agrella Penny Fisher
4 1 Comanche Brave 58.5 95 A S Brown Bridget Stidolph
5 3 Mathematician 57 92 A B McNaughton Bridget Stidolph
6 2 Amsterdam 55.5 89 T A G Cheyne Kirk Swanson
7 8 Simona 52 79 A J Penny Bridget Stidolph
8 10 Leven Point 52 75 A C Storey Bridget Stidolph
9 4 Phantom Major 52 75 A F Herholdt Kirk Swanson
10 6 Roman Discent 52 62 BA M Thackeray Bridget Stidolph
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,3) (4,5,7,8,10) (6,9)

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