Nairac Gold Trophy: As Paragon pips Go Pro at Ngong



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Que sera sera. With a late withdrawal of Gold Pot, As Paragon seemed like a natural pursuant of the Nairac Gold Trophy Sprint, until Go Pro tried earnestly topple the dynamo, only half-a-length adrift.

Flash Harry deliberated not to enrich the sport’s cultural fabric this time round. He conducted his own orchestra alone, uncharacteristically a distance further back.

No hassle for Rising Dragon in the Marafa Maiden as she cast aside the more seasoned, Glascote Rose.

Paul Kiarie must have been off-colour as he was deputised on two instances by James Muhindi and Daniel Tanui. Trainer, Stewart McCann, rubbed elbows with a double, while Patsy Sercombe feasted on a conventional treble.

1.15 pm – First Race – Shanga Maiden (1,200m)

1. Moonlight Shadow (Lesley Sercombe)

2. Comic Star (Patrick Mungai)

3. Cashing In (Richard Kibet)

Distance: 8/1.75/tailed-off. Time: 56 secs. Favourite: Winner 7-4. Runners: 5

Owned by Mrs. Michael Spencer. Trainer Patsy Sercombe

1.50 pm – Second Race – The Nairac Gold Trophy (1,200m) 

1. As Paragon (James Muhindi) Just As Well-Jet to Paradise

3. Flash Harry (Patrick Mungai)

Gold Pot withdrawn under Veterinary Certificate

Distance: half/tailed-offTime: 1:14:2/10 secs. Favourite: Winner 4-9. Runners: 3

Owned by Elsa and Happy Birthday to Romolo Severini, Runye Karlsen, P. Anjana. Trainer Stewart McCann

2.25 pm – Third Race – Pate Island Maiden (2,060m) 

1. Miss Zuri (Josphat Kultiang)

2. Supreme Rock (James Muhindi)

3. Emmy Award (Patrick Mungai)

Heavenly Gift, and, Statuette withdrawn under Veterinary Certificate

Distance: 1/2.4/1.5. Time: 2:29:2/10 secs. Favourite: Emmy Award. Runners: 4

Owned by D. Mahinda, and, Master J. Muya. Trainer Joe Muya

3.00 pm – Fourth Race – Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Maiden (1,600m)

1. Rising Dragon (Lesley Sercombe)

2. Glascote Rose (James Muhindi)

3. The Whole Apple (Josphat Kultiang)

Distance: 2.75/3.4/4.4/1.75. Time: 1:49:2/10 secs. Favourite: Winner 6-4. Runners: 7

Owned by David and Damon Ansell. Trainer Patsy Sercombe

3.35 pm – Fifth Race – Malindi Handicap (2,060m) 

1. Marico (Richard Kibet)

2. April’s Song (Michael Micino)

3. Grace Kelly (Patrick Mungai)

Distance: neck/6/4.5/2.4. Time: 2:19:9/10 secs. Favourite: Grace Kelly. Runners: 7

Owned by Carol Bremner, Maggie Gray, Yogi Patel, and, Nigel Hunter. Trainer Patsy Sercombe

4.10 pm – Sixth Race – Kaya Kinondo Handicap (1,800m)

1. Lettfot (James Muhindi)

2. Bullawayo (Daniel Tanui)

3. Shaman (Richard Kibet)

Distance: 2.75/3.75/neck/5.4. Time: 1:57:7/10 secs. Favourite: Piece of Cake fourth. Runners: 7

Owned by Mary Binks and Runye Karlsen. Trainer Stewart McCann

4.40 pm – Seventh Race – Diani Handicap (1,000m) 

1. Seattle Spire (Josphat Kultiang)

Distance: 6.5/2.5/neck/1.4. Time:  1:03:7/10 secs. Favourite: Dusha 9-4. Runners: 6

Owned by M. Farah. Trainers Joe Karari and Captain Oruya

Next Meeting June 9 – For the Kenya St Leger, Delamere Gold Vase, Harry Deacon Memorial Bowl, Merchant’s Purse, and, Champagne Stakes.


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