Top horses triumph in Epukiro
Race horses Freedom Fighter and Starlile won the main races at a preparatory competition held at Okovimburu Turf last Saturday ahead of bigger events.
About 45 horses from racing clubs and individuals took part in the 10-sprints event.
The A-division 2 400m and 1 800m were the main races for the Nambred and Thoroughbred horses.
Uaraa Tjiho’s Freedom Fighter was crowned champion in the 2 400m Nambred A-division category, while Leeuloop from Okahandja Racing (OR) took second spot and Professor Supporters Club’s Icon came in third. Okahandja-based Starlile emerged victorious in the 1 800m A-division Thoroughbred category, challenged by Visigoth from Aminuis Racing and OR’s Rockley Beach in the second and third places respectively.
Starlile also won the 1 000m in the Thoroughbred open A-division while Freedom Fighter took the third spot of the Nambred A-division category.
Among others sprints, Omukueuva from Harambee Club won the 1 000m in the Nambred beginners’ category, followed by Ekuvaramunene in second place and Silver Moon in third.
Mighty Gemini won the 1 000m in the Nambred maiden category, followed by Promising of All and Honest Elution in second and third places. Seasonal horse Von Trotha got injured after scooping the first place in the 1 000m Nambred A-division and failed to feature in the 2 400m, which was the main race for local horses. In other races, Dream Girl emerged victorious in the 1 000m in the Nambred grouping and Katjutju came in second, followed by Waterloo in third.
Try Again scooped the first place in the 1 000m of the Nambred D-division category, followed by Sunny Side and Sophia Town.
Epukiro-based horse Chap-Chap took top spot in the 1 800m Nambred beginners’ category, and jockey Kapangura Murangi took home the jockey of the day award.
In an interview with Nampa after the race, Nongoo Katjiuanjo from Aminuis Racing said the time has come for champion Starlile to be challenged in the Thoroughbred category.
“Our horses did well and four of them got places.
“In the Thoroughbred category, Visigoth has the potential to challenge Starlile and the road ahead looks good.
“We will work hard and make sure horse racing in Namibia reaches its highest peak,” Katjiuanjo said.