New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Regan Bearing Goes to Dankbaar as Bookies Favourite

Back-to-back victories in the International Horse Racing Championships held in Maun, Botswana, as well as Aminuis and Epukiro right here at home earlier this year, position Regan Bearing, as the bookies favourite ahead of the 3rd edition of the annual Horse Racing Championship at farm Dankbaar near Okozonduzu in the Otjozondjupa Region, tomorrow.

Heading into the much-anticipated spectacle, Paheja Katjingisiua's thoroughbred gelding Regan Bearing, has very few peers when it comes to local horse racing, most notably in the short sprint races.

Many expect the fast-as-lightning horse to leave the field eating his dust when the occasion presents itself.

However, Ndangi Nderura's Nazrun cannot be ruled out of contention and could pose a serious challenge to Regan Bearing in both the 1000- and 2000-metre races.

Former Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) news anchor and well-known football commentator Moses "Tunuu" Kandjoze, enjoyed success and walked away with the bragging rights for owning the fastest horse on the track last term, but he could be returning home empty handed this time around.

Although Kandjoze has roped in another horse in the shape of Into Temptation to replace the ailing Rocket, many believe his recently acquired Mary will be no match for her muscular male competitors such as Golden Flute (gelding), owned by Stanley Tjozongoro Jr.

The Regional Sports Officer in the vast Omaheke Region, Stanley Tjozongoro, who also doubles up as the race coordinator, says the competition will be tough, despite the unavoidable absence of crowd favourites, Le Condesa, Serious Sonja and Annie Get Your Gun.

The trio has been grounded through an assortment of injuries and will be notable absentees from tomorrow's race, but Tjozongoro is upbeat and believes the likes of Light Up My Life, London Eye and Hip Hop Queen will all prove suitable replacements.

A total of 23 horses and their jockeys are expected to enter the race with participants from as far afield as Rehoboth - fifteen in total; Aminuis, Ovitoto, Okamatapati and Outjo during the one-day spectacle.

Lucrative prizes are at stake for the winners in their respective categories, including three Brahman heifers, proudly sponsored by the race organizers - Otjakomaue Horse Racing Club.

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