By The Squirrel
All runners consumed the exacting ground with passion with no photo-finishes at Ngong on Easter Monday.Neo Quale amplified crack-erjack hype that accompanied him to Kenya. Plucking his first ride on Shufti, straight into a half length clutch over Bolt in the Arkle Trophy, landing so squarely on the SalamaFikiri Derby psyche, Neo confirmed Shufti’s exquisite Dynasty /Kasbah Queen heritage, for Ian Gibson, Sue Fort, and, Gilly Fraser.Defending champion (Julie MacCann), amplified dam, Lora Lee’s potential, with a magnetizing lead in the Mandera maiden, for Angela Brown and, course commentator, ZarkoPetkovic.
12.40 pm – First Race – The Brigade of guards Trophy (2,800m)
1. Legend Maker (Charles Mwangi)
2. Vuvuzela (Jacob Lokorian)
3. Woodlands (Elias Kiptoo). Distance: neck /1/4.5. Time: 3:15:7/10 secs. Favorite: Winner 4-7. Runners: Owned by WakiniNdegwa and AbdiJilo.Trainer WakiniNdegwa.
1.10 pm – Second Race – The Arkle Trophy (1,800m)
1. Shufti (Neo Quale)
2. Bolt (Lesley Sercombe)
3. Fulfield (Daniel Tanui)
Distance: 1.5/0.75/3/4. Time: 1:58:00 secs. Favorite: Winner Fulfield 6-4. Runners: 6 Owned by Ian Gibson, Sue Fort and Gilly Fraser. Trainer Gilly Fraser
1.45 pm – pm Third Race – Marsabit Handicap (2,060m)
1. Charley’s Angle (James Muhindi)
2. Sudden Spirit (Patrick Ngugi)
3. Soyuz (Paul Kiarie)
Pro Bono withdrawn
Distance: 2.4/8/2.4/0.75. Time: 2:18:4/10 secs. Favorite: Trifecta 3-1. Runners: 6
Owned by Inga Kilu. Trainer Patsy Sercombe
2.20pm – Fourth Race – Moyle Handicap (1,400pm)
1. Redfella (Jacob Lokorian)
2. Njabini (Daniel Tanui)
3. Upsala (Michael Mutinda)
Distance: 2.5/4/2.4/0.75. Time: 1:31:7/10 secs. Favorite: Winner Tiger’s Eye 7-4. Runners: 7 owned by Have A Good Laugh Syndicate. Trainer BindyaDevani.
2.55 pm – Fifth Race – Wajir Handicap (1,600m)
1. Diva Supreme (James Muhindi)
2. Russian Around (Richard Kibet)
3. Capelvale (Patrick Ngugi)
Distance: neck/2.4/head/1.5. Time: 1:45:8/10 secs. Favorite: Winner 6-4 Runners: 9 Owned by J. Mburu. Trainer OnesmusMutua
4.00 pm – Sixth Race – Mandera Maiden (1,000m)
1. Defending Champ (Julie McCann)
2. JabalAswad (Paul Kiarie)
3. Freetown (Elias Kiptoo)
Distance: 2.5/7/1.4/1.75. Time: 1:01:6/10 secs. Favorite: Mozart 4-6.
Runners: 10. Owned by Angela Brown and ZarkoPetkovic. Trainer Julie McCann
4.35 pm – seventh Race – Garissa Handicap (1,000m)
1. Tiger (Lesley Sercombe)
2. Tempesta (Julie McCann)
3. Star Attraction (James Muhindi)
Distance: half/Head/1.4/5.4. Time:1:01:3/10secs. Favorite: Winner 4-6. Runners 8, Owned by Sir David and Lady Sarah Markham.Trainer Patsy Sercombe.
4.40 pm – Eighth Race – The Vicky Jackman Trophy (1,000m)
1. Grandee (Paul Kiarie)
2. Wahindi (Simon Kiplimo)
3. Clynton (Richard Kibet)
4. Pussyfoot (Jacob Lokorian)
Sobrani withdrawn Distance: 3.5/dead-heat/4. Time1:01:5/10secs. No clear favorite. Runners: 5 owned by MichelleJenner/Linda Garner/Hillary Erculian /Yogi Patel. Trainer Patsy Sercombe.
Next meeting April 20, for the SalamaFikira Kenya Derby, Breeding Futurity Stakes, and Italian Cup.
Courtesy of The Standard (Wednesday 3, 2013)