By Andrew Atkinson
Queen Of Kalahari was a 10-1 winning selection when landing the Betway Handicap over 5 furlongs at Newcastle on June 1, beating Tomshalfbrother under a driving finish by jockey Lewis Edmunds.
Queen Of Kalahari’s success completed a 70-1 plus double, following Brian The Snail’s 13-2 victory in the Betway Handicap over 6f (3.20).
Edmunds rode a thrilling race, up on board Les Eyre trained five year old Queen Of Kalahari, under top weight of 9st 7lbs, on the opening day of racing’s return on the all-weather Gosforth Park track.
Queen Of Kalahari gained a neck verdict, ahead of Tomshalfbrother (16-1) trained by Roger Cowell and ridden by Alastair Rawlinson, with Quanah (33-1) third.
“She has such speed and I knew she had enough in the tank. A genuine horse who dug deep under top weight,” said jockey Edmunds.