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Public Hero scoops main prize at Ngong fiesta

Barry Silah @obel_barry

Jockey Michael Micino, riding Public Hero, was the star of the highlight 1,600m Thomas Dewar Trophy after beating a strong line-up to win at Ngong Racecourse on Sunday.

Micino was calculative in his approach as he left in his wake Tenby and big-running Caen in the race timed at 1:45:07 seconds. His riding on the dry track was splendid especially at the final bend when he took the wide lane and launched for pace while guarding his rear.

The one-and-a-quarter length just proved how tight the meeting was as James Muhindi, atop Tenby, was relentless from the start.

In between, there was a lot of push and pull as the top trio sought to assert authority with the fans in full cheer from the stands. Paul Kiarie, atop Caen, was also daring in his strategy but it fell flat at the final push when it mattered given the power of the front duo.

Meanwhile in the 1,400m Owners/Breeders Trophy, Muhindi came alive and was in his element riding big fillie Kournikova and won by a gap of six-and-a-half lengths over Patrick Mungai’s Tenacious. The race, clocked at 1:32:05, saw the Oliver Gray trained fillie spring up from near oblivion before overtaking the other challengers to charge.

Daniel Tanui’s By Choice came in second, a distance 12 lengths behind in a poor show by his standards as his horse failed to sparkle as desired.

Meanwhile, Lesley Sercombe showed her mettle in the 2,060m Ultra Sharp Trophy atop, Clothes Horse, when she blitzed through in a commanding 14 lengths.

The race, timed at 2:32:10 seconds, saw the domineering fillie easily defeat another favourite Dreamliner in arguably a one-sided event.

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