Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
VETERAN champion jockey Quinton Riddle has announced his retirement after 25 years of horse racing in which he won several accolades both locally and internationally.
The former Borrowdale Racecourse pilot called it quits last Friday, according to the Mashonaland Trainers.
Riddle (38) has been Zimbabwe’s champion jockey four times and won a Triple Crown and a Triple Tiara, which put his name into the Guinness Book of Records over the last six years.
He also won the Castle Tankard twice and the OK Grand Challenge thrice; and rode Yer-Maan in the 2015 Sansui Summer Cup in Johannesburg.
Riddle got the time to thank all the owners and trainers who have given him amazing support throughout his time in racing at the Ipi Tombe Room at Borrowdale racecourse on Friday where he celebrated the end of his successful career.
He will now moves into the construction business in partnership with Weston Wright.
Meanwhile, Duffi’s Call, daughter to several times champion runner AP Answer, was crowned the 2016 Fillies Classic champion at Borrowdale Park as she got the better of six other runners who took to the starting stalls in the 1 600 metres race on Sunday.
The race had $7 000 in stakes and it was Duffi’s Call who won the $1 600 first prize taking it away from defending champion full sister Print The Pounds, also from Bridget Stidolph stable.
Brendon McNaughton had the ride on Duffi’s Call and she is owned by the Sunmark Racing Syndicate, owners of Print The Pounds.
Both fillies were bred by Clifton Stud and on second was Pacifica accompanied by South African champion jockey Andrew Fortune while Hunyani, piloted by Fanie Chambers, was third with Second Guessing completing the top four.
For their efforts the three pocketed $1 600, $1 400 and $600 respectively.