Heir Line from South Africa clinched the Republic Cup Trust top prize and the owners walked away $60 000 richer after shrugging off competition from many other horses at the Borrowdale Race Course this faternoon.

Trained by Kirk Swanson, the gelding produced a commanding performance to scoop the winners’ cheque.

The country’s richest horse race, the Republic Cup Trust patron President Emmerson Mnangagwa was described as a humble philanthropist who has been quietly assisting various charity organisations for the past 22 years.

The Republic Cup Trust which administers various charities around the country is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year and more than 50 horses some from as far as New Zealand and Argentina participated in the prestigious race.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, chairman of the trust Kamal Khalfan paid tribute to President Mnangagwa who is the patron of the trust which raises funds that are distributed to various charitable organisations across the country.

Khalfan revealed that President Mnangagwa was instrumental in the formation of the trust 22 years ago when he was a government minister.

He said it is not by coincidence that the President has survived a number of accidents and attempts on his life.

Mashonaland Turf Club chairman Mr Christopher Peech thanked companies and individuals who have continued to support the trust.

The 2018 edition was supported by the national career, Air Zimbabwe, Catercraft and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe with a prize money of $60 000.

The winning owners were presented their trophy by Ambassador Chipo Zindoga, the winning trainer Swanson was awarded a trophy by Mrs Khalfan.

ZRP Commissioner Shambare presented the winning jokey K De Melo with his prize while the winning groom also got a bicycle.