Smart trav­el­ling ‘Pub­lic Hero’ claims Nakuru Race Club Cup

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

South African bred “Pub­lic Hero” smartly trav­elled the 1600m of the Nakuru Race Club Cup to prove his ca­pa­bil­i­ties at the Ngong race­course while giv­ing his con­nec­tions a well de­served win on Sun­day.

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond was four-year-old ‘Jay Peg’, mak­ing his first out­ing of the season. He was ad­van­taged by a weight of 51Kg hav­ing last won on with a mas­sive 58ki­los in the same hands of jockey Pa­trick Mungai. He jumped well with the first lot and set­tled in third place all way up to the straight.

Mungai opted to ask “Pub­lic Hero” for­ward on the straight and with no hes­i­ta­tions, the colt made his way home with ease mak­ing James Ngotho a happy owner.

In ear­lier en­coun­ters, jockey Mungai who saw the jockey championship slip through his fin­gers last season started off his cam­paign on a high note earn­ing a quar­tet of wins in the meet that at­tracted seven races.

He paired with ‘Black Pep­per’, a hot favourite in The Likaiu hand­i­cap, to give trainer Nuno his first win of the af­ter­noon. Min­utes later, he steered ‘Mkuki’ to his third con­sec­u­tive win over a dis­tance he is fa­mil­iar with.

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