South African-bred fillie Westonian showed her championship mettle, when she romped through to victory in the George Drew Challenge Series race yesterday at the Ngong’ Racecourse.
Evergreen Les Sercombe steadied the four-year-old to a course record feat in a timing of 1:10:001 ahead of a charging Simuni jockeyed by James Muhindi in a gap difference of a length and a quarter,in the popular Stewards Cup.
It was a star-studded field with Championship material being paraded in the tracks for the eagerly awaited 1,200m race. An ecstatic Patsy Sercombe later showered praise on the 15th time winner from her stable.
“We had a fine run and as usual we can always bet on Westonian. She is always a joy to ride because of her composure,” said the experienced trainer. Jacob Lokorian’s Grand Slam who was among the tipped horses in this race had a poor afternoon only managing a fourth finish overall.
There was a total of four featured races at the Jockey Club that drew interests from the stands. In the fourth event on the cards, The Gooch Cup also never disappointed as the front duo of Shakara Man and Mama Mia kept fans on their edges.
Both horses from the stable of Joe Karari had a duel of their own with the latter clinching it albeit with a tight difference margin of short head.
They 2,800m meet got exciting at the 600m turn with Paul Kiarie aboard Mama Mia attempting to squeeze past the dynamic winner only to be kept at bay all the way in one very enthralling finish that captivated the audience.
“I am happy that the jockey went as per instructions,the pull-out from the 600 metre mark was the turning point so this is a good moment,” said Karari.
The handicap meet was timed at 3:10:006 with other bigwigs like Jacob Lokorian, James Muhindi and Peter Lesengei struggling to make a mark or serious threat to thee leading pack.
Handicap 2.5 jockey Josephat Kultiang had a fine afternoon as he won three races in the afternoon.The David Sugden Maiden meet which was covering a distance of 1,800m was one of his flair displays as he ran out winner a top Derrylin in a neat 1:55:007.
Kijana jockeyed by James Muhindi came a close second in this maiden meet only a length-and-a-half behind. Trainer Joe Muya was confident that the mare had what it took to be a future star of the tracks.
“It is a good feeling particularly because this meet had good competition. Derrylin is one to watch out for and I want to thank my jockey for doing everything correct. “We had a mature race and at the end, there was only going to be one winner,” he said.
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