The Star (Nairobi)

16 February 2013

Kenya: Fillies Guineas Race Set for Ngong Race Course

The Fillies Guineas is a terms' race and one of the five leading events for the 3-year-old horses in Kenyan racing at Ngong Race course.

It has always been held in February with horses covering a mile in distance. This can also act as a trial for the Oaks which is the second major race restricted to fillies--female horses of this age.

A lot is expected tomorrow as race goers witness this year's Mars Group Fillies Guineas annually sponsored by Miriam Haynes.

A strong field of nine contenders will display their greatness at a more appropriate time. Most of the runners were locally bred and seven were reared by the Rawhide Ltd, who will be keen to see how they perform.

Haynes will be following this contest at a close range as two of her own runners will also be in competition. Wonnitestand who had a good outing during the Guineas, stretching home in style to give Haynes her first Guineas, is spreading the message loud.

This fine bred filly face Shufti, the only South African bred here, who apparently was highly rated as a maiden. After covering a lot of ground and seemingly heading for a good second, Shufti lost the chance when she faded away only to be beaten by a nose of a length.

Shufti has been on this trip severally, registering her first win from this distance carrying 55kg.The duo have Oliver Gray trained Mukora, the second highly rated in this field at 28. Bred and owned by Mr. Baudry, these produce of Russian Revival (USA) and Dreamcatcher, has a record of three consecutive wins with his last race having been in December. She is a trouble and cannot be out rated. The third of Patsy Sercombe entered runner is Russian Flame who brings the hope of a top three places in this contest, giving Jockey Henry Muya an outside mount.

She has stable mate Labour of Love (ssl) to exchange places with. But the campaign is toughened with trainer Mohammed Noor saddling Star Attraction who is said to be a more talented character that can cause upset. She has stable companion Fulfield who enjoyed the 1400m journey that saw her break from the maiden. This race also attracts runners from Bindia Devani and Onesmus Mutua's yard.

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