The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kidman Bowl Race Promises Great Fun

Tomorrow's Ngong race meeting featuring the Jim Kidman Bowl, is one of the two set for the festive season as race goers await the start of the classics at the beginning of the year.

The big cup of the afternoon is definitely being eyed by one of trainer Patsy Sercombe owners as she will be saddling all the four runners in the booking.

Owner Miriam Haynes has two runners and "Inferno" is one of the most fancied to take the rest of his mates along. However, "Grandee" is the old boy to look out for.

This will be an interesting sprinters race to start off the afternoon.

With the weather proving otherwise for all runners, the first maiden race from the straight also looks to suit another Patsy trained runner "Sobrani" in a group of six contenders.

He will have to fight it rightfully as "Puerto Madryn" from the Noor stable can break from here. Likewise, her stable mate "Chamonix" will be tussling out over the 1,400m over the bend sprint that has trainer Oliver Gray's "Iceland" as a firm favourite.

The Siaya Handicap, the only long distance race at the meet, appears very open one to me. Five great performers will run the show for themselves as they cover over 2,400m.

Top favourite is "Vuvuzela" from trainer Gray's yard. He has shown great interest in the long distances. He took command over 2,800m being ridden by Mwangi Kariuki only to fade away on the straight before jumping forward later to claim the race. His appearance is significant. However stable companions "Inyordreams" and "Whispering Murray" are to be watched. They will give "Landed" a hard time. "Woodlands" on the other hand does not reveal much of what he can offer here but being the performer that we know, he cannot be counted out.

This meeting features more round the bend sprint races which provide much opportunity to the three-year-olds being prepared for the Guineas and Fillies Guineas.

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