horse racing.jpgSplendid Tambur from the Lisa Harris stable romped to victory in the Zimbabwe National Army Charity race which was contested over 1 800 metres at Borrowdale Race Course, with proceeds from the race to be channeled towards the five army charities.


The feature race was preceded by pomp and fanfare with spectacular displays keeping those who had thronged Borrowdale Race Course on the edges of their seats. 


The eagerly anticipated feature race, the ZNA Charity Handicap, which was contested over 1 800 metres brought together a small field of six runners to the starting stalls to battle for a stake of US$4 500.


All eyes were on favourites Splendid Tambur and Flashing Numbers from the stable of distinguished trainer, Lisa Harris.


Action on the course went according to expectations as the two runners battled for supremacy.


Splendid Tambur, a South African horse, however gained the upper hand after Flashing Numbers sat back a little and then tried to mount a challenge late on, but the 4-year old filly could not catch up with its stable companion which demonstrated great staying power to cross the finish line first and was ridden to victory by accomplished jockey, Dewi Williams, while Flashing Numbers, with Quinton Riddle onboard finished a credible second.


It was the Splendid Tambur’s second consecutive win in Zimbabwe and the 5-year old gelding remains unbeaten at Borrowdale Race Course.


Although Flashing Numbers failed in its bid for a fourth successive win, the second place finish was nevertheless impressive as it was the only female in the race.


For Lisa Harris it was yet another moment to savour and it appears all the other trainers can do is to watch with envy as they continue to play second fiddle.


Major General Trust Mugoba said the ZNA Charity Handicap is a race with a noble cause and expects proceeds from the race to play a big part in reaching their target of half a million dollars.


The ZNA Charity Handicap was the climax of the army charities fund raising activities for the year, with proceeds from the race to be channeled towards the five army charities, namely, Tsanga Lodge Convalescent Centre, the ZNA Schools Welfare Trust Fund, the ZNA Widows and Orphans Welfare Fund, the ZNA Benevolent Fund and the ZNA Patients Welfare Fund.