Buster Barnes wins 2024 OK Grand Challenge race

09 Jun, 2024 - 00:06 0 Views
Buster Barnes wins 2024 OK Grand Challenge race

The Sunday News

Don Makanyanga, Harare Bureau

BUSTER Barnes clinched the 2024 OK Grand Challenge race after pipping favourite Raffles at Borrowdale Park yesterday. Buster Barnes which opened at 4/1 pipped overwhelming favourite Raffles who had opened betting at 14/10 on the tap to win this year’s edition of the OK Grand Challenge.

On the home stretch the Castle Tankard winner, Raffles was leading the way before the eventual winner Buster Barnes got into gear to cross the line first. The win became Buster Barnes seventh win in nine races.

The Debra Swanson-trained brown gelding which was rode by jockey Deryl Daniels won the top prize money US$40 000 of the total US$80  000 stake money on offer from the OK Grand Challenge.

In third place was Raining Again whose rider was Nkululeko Sibanda and walked away with US$12 000 while Ideal View came fourth. Citrusdal and Action Zone completed the top six respectively.
It was the second consecutive win for Swanson who won last year’s edition of the OK Grand Challenge with Down to Business.

After beating Raffles to the grand prize Swanson equated the win to the biblical story of David and Goliath in which David defied odds. “I feel like David defeated Goliath today (yesterday).

“To be honest I am really proud of what has happened today, I am really proud of Buster Barnes, proud of my team at home, the jockey and the Centaur Syndicate who continue to get me brilliant horses,” said Swanson.

Celebrating her second consecutive victory in the OK Grand Challenge, Swanson described Buster Barnes’ win as very special.

“I am also proud of my horses, they have done me proud over the course of the past two years. They are youngsters who are pulling off big wins.

“But this win by Buster Barnes is particularly special. Of course he won the Triple Crown which is a feat in itself, but he was not really up against this class of horses so I did not really fancy him. “But he has pulled it off and its quite a brilliant achievement and I’m so proud,” said Swanson.


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