AN impressive cast of 13 long distance horses has been nominated for the Zimbabwe Derby Grade (3) race, the third Leg of the Triple Crown set for Borrowdale on 19 April.
This race is 2,400m.
Mashonaland Turf Club has pushed out a list of 13 horses that have been put in the line of fire by their respective stables.
A decent $9,000 stake money has been declared. This money will be shared between the winner and three runners up.
Though this is just the first stage of selection it is interesting to note that Merhaba, winner of the second leg of the Triple Crown in March, from the yard of Gokhan Terzi is the highest rated nominee in this race.
Merhaba is rated (88) coming into the event.
The second highest rated nominee is Mica Point by Bridget Stidolp who is three steps down the ratings ladder at (85).
Mica Point is the winner of the first leg. However, this horse will have to be on his best on the day in order to beat the marauding Merhaba.
The least rated runner amongst this cast is Primadora trained by Gokahn Terzi.
Primadora has a poor rating of (24) coming into this Zimbabwe Derby race.
A total of six races will be hosted on this race day alongside the main race.
There is a combined total of 131 participants vying for the all available slots in all races slated in for the day.