Castle Tankard back after two-year absence

By Lawrence Trusida Sport Editor
THE country’s oldest and biggest horse racing event, the Castle Tankard is back with a bang after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic with a strong field 13 horses.
The 58th edition of the Castle Tankard will see 13 horses battling it out over a two thousand meter distance for the 50 thousand -United States dollar prize money.
Set for the 7th of May, the race which started 62 years ago returns with an exciting field in which Lily Blue from the Bridget Stidolph stable is the favourite.
Finchaton from the Gokhan Terzi stable cannot be ruled out, especially after romping to victory at the last Grand Challenge.
Only Him is an outside favourite while Love The View which recently came second in South Africa is a danger to the field as it is still an unknown quantity on the local scene.
The trainers are delighted to have the Tankard back.
“This is massive all the trainers train horses for this race we have been waiting for it for a long time and it’s finally here,” said Thomas Mason, a Trainer.
“We are delighted to be able to overcome the challenges of the last two years to be here and I am looking forward to it,” echoed Debra Swanson, a Trainer.
Local Jockey, Nobert Takawira who was at the last Tankard in 2019 riding Three To Tango is hoping to be second time lucky.
“It means a lot to fight on home soil and I am hoping that this time around I can win again and make my country proud,” he said.
The Castle Tankard Horse Racing event is the first sponsored horse race in Africa and is the country’s most prestigious horse racing event.