BY MYRAH MALINA
The second meeting of the season at Ngong horse racecourse with feature two cup races on the firm going.
Handicap races take the upper hand with two sprint maiden races.
The Conference Cup is evenly poised with seven respected stayers giving the 2,400m race a go. Once again this field has attracted three from the Patsy Sercombe stable and two each from Karari and Njuguna.
Seemingly an open race, Karari is giving old lady “Usurper” another chance to add up her earnings. She joins top weight “Mozart” (South Africa) from the Sercombe yard.
“Blossom Hill”, “Almeria” and “Rankin” met in July and today it will be interesting to see who of the three can stretch their speed in this. “Rankin” and “Almeria” have stamina and either of them can hold on to steal the show. The unpredictable runner is “Kijito” who seems to enjoy middle distances.
The five runners in the Montgomery Bowl won’t find the going much of a challenge. There is little doubt the Sercombe yard will claim this. Most fancied is top rated “Brown Whistler” who was impressive while winning the “Chilli Cup” in his most recent start. This time victory will not come so easily as he faces stiff challenge from stable companion “Tiger In The Woods” (South Africa). The Karari trained “Manly Wharf” poses a threat having already landed a third place over the distance. Five kilos less over the same distance will play a major role for this colt. “Defending Champion” was withdrawn on her last outing two weeks ago. She has the speed and can handle this distance pretty well from the front.
Up country trainer Joseph Muya will be saddling four runners in the Loita Plains Handicap over 2,060m. They face two from Njuguna’s yard. They have been tipped to battle for major honours. It is “Call The Tune” and “Soyuz” for Muya to challenge strongly in the campaign against “Primavera” and “Freetown”. Experts look at this as a must win for “Primavera”.
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