BY MYRAH MALINA
The break is over and as they say, the season never ends. The three weeks off the course for runners was not alike to all trainers. Exercise work continued with most of the focus on the youngsters. That aside, the racing track will be busy once again as the season kicks off with a seven race card tomorrow at Ngong race Course.
Sunday races will be covered from short distances with longest being from the 1,800m. The meet features two cup races—the Chili Cup and the Merchants Purse has a field of four—all from Joe Karari’s yard. The Chili Cup entry has attracted four top rated horses in the sprint race from 1,200m and both trainers Patsy Sercombe and Steve Njuguna will be watching this keenly.
Likewise, the Merchants Purse has equally attracted most prominent athletes and in this case, the old and young all with a difference, making it a tricky race to predict. The distance is of no question but this would work well for the Old Lady Usurper. Weight could play a major role in the finishing of this stable companions. Rankin will be enjoying the light weight all way and has so much to give. Grand Slam has been carrying 57kg and landed in second place on most runs. Three kilos less this time will do him good on this trip. Bravery might just find the weight a bit disturbing even though, apprentice Kultiang will give him a good ride. This is another good race for brainpower.
The Mau Forest handicap is a another good sprint race that gives trainer Njuguna high hopes through his faithfuls Tempesta and Simuni. It will be Oliver Gray trained Carla to fight them out over this distance. With Pelican Street being on the look out for an opening.
The now turned three-year-old have two maiden races to prove their point home as they open a new chapter of their career having shown some great value in the early days despite disappointments of not registering a win.
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