Barry Silah @obel_barry
South African breed Free Wheeler jockeyed by Les Sercombe, yesterday ran a perfect race to win the feature 1,600m Uhuru Cup at the Ngong Racecourse.
The middle distance meet that was clocked at 1:40:05 saw intense competition from prominent runners. Sercombe’s fillie only left stable mate Knighthood ridden by Patrick Mungai by one and three quarter lengths at finish. The race was tactical especially at start as the five championship horses deployed different strategies.
The duo stable partners Knighthood and Free Wheeler tried to lead and block the other runners from any advantage particularly for the main half stretch. Indeed it was a competition between two stables as Onesmus Mutua lined up favourite Caen and King of Oxted to neutralise the force of Patsy Sercombe’s charges.
Tenby jockeyed by Richard Kibet came from the back to join his mates in clinching the top three slots with good running skills that wowed the fans. Caen was a disappointment for the Mutua stable as it only finished last in the enticing meet that saw Free Wheeler on odds of 1/1 clinch its fourth win in as many starts.
In the 1,000m second highlight event; Jim Kidman Bowl, saw Stewart McCann’s stable clinch the podium in starring fashion. Flash Harry who is a renowned sprinter was in his element in the handicap meet for three year olds as it stormed to a sensational win in a timing of 1:00:05.The straight race gave the best of light runners with the McCann stable coming up with the goods.
Jockey Kevin Nganga ensured the South African breed won in its 11th start against Manzhouli, which is aging. Charles Njenga, however, dutifully pushed the veteran fillie to the maximum to a commendable second in its 35th start.
Meanwhile, the 1,600m commemoration race; More than 100 years of Racing in Kenya Handicap saw Richard Kibet emerge winner atop Pharaoh’s Advocate ahead of the Wakini Ndegwa trained Busselton.