Barry Silah @obel_barry
Martin Micino was in a league of his own in the feature 1,600m City of Nairobi Cup after trouncing the field in a race timed at 1:44.03 at Ngong Racecourse on Sunday. The jockey, riding high-flying Public Hero, had no equal from the start as he led his fillie in the middle distance meet.
The 11-length gap away from Paul Kiarie’s Bulawayo was evidence of his mastery of the tracks. This meet had only three runners following the withdrawal of big running Cheney and Eighth Wonder from the Patsy Sercombe and Onesmus Mutua stables respectively. Micino was clinical in his charging and tactics as he took advantage of the challengers’ slow pace.
The win was the seventh in 23 meets for the giant South African breed. Navy Seal jockeyed by Leslie Sercombe had a bad day in office and only managed third spot. In the 1,800m Kenya Cambridgeshire meet, Leslie Sercombe atop Pharaohs Advocate made amends by running a disciplined race clocked at 2:00:05.
It was a top two finish for Sercombe’s stable as Richard Kibet came in second just three quarter lengths behind her compatriot. The handicap race for three-year-olds also saw Kiarie, riding Forewarned off Wakini Ndegwa’s stable, finish third, three lengths behind the eventual race winner.
The 1,400m Nairac Gold Circle Tray was also one to look out for and it earned a good cheer from the stands. As Paragon, jockeyed by Kevin Nganga, came alive as she destroyed the pack by five-and-a-half length over Romeo Foxtrot ridden by impressive Martin Micino.
Top runners took part in the fairly short distance meet that was timed at 1:31:02. Niagara Mist from Sercombe stable came in a close third in a race that was occasioned by shifts in positioning and hard running especially at the final bend.