Barry Silah @obel_barry
James Muhindi showed great technique and style as he led Dreamliner to a top finish at the feature 1,400m Lord McMillan Challenge Cup at the Ngong Racecourse on Sunday.
The race, timed at 1:27:05, saw fierce competition between the top two fillies as punters favourite Navy Seal, jockeyed by Leslie Sercombe, came in a firm second. It was an exciting start off the lights as all runners sprung for the front in anticipatory fashion. However, it was traditional rivals Sercombe and Muhindi who were left with the honours of fighting for the pie.
Inside the last 600m, hard running was exploited between the two as the rest of the pack was left at the rear. School of Rock, jockeyed by Patrick Mungai, was a disappointment as it failed to capitalise on its pace.
Muhindi won the battle of wits as he pounced for the kill early and maintained his tempo with Navy Seal having to settle for second spot after some intense under the sun battle with a gap of one-and-a-half lengths.
In the other highlight meeting, Richard Kibet beat stable-mate Lesley Sercombe in tight fashion to win the 1,400m HVPirie Trophy which is a Guinness Trial event. Kibet, who was riding Clothes Horse, was called in winner by race stewards in what appeared a dead heat finish.
The race that was clocked at 1:31:07, drew cheers from fans and owners alike who were rooting hard for their favourite fillies. Kibet and Sercombe underlined their experience but also their knowledge for the fillies pushing capacity.
All the way, the two were neck-and-neck with occasional attacks from Chgitaki Springs from the Onesmus Mutua stable. Meanwhile, in the long distance Brigade of Guards Cup (2,800m), Muhindi once again proved his mettle albeit in close mode after crossing the line fastest by a mere length over Charles Njenga’s Notorious.