Visiting Zimbabwean rider Kevin Derere produced fast finishing Hawker Fury at the final 50 metres of the one-mile Britam Kenya Guineas race, to beat local jockey James Muhundi on tote favourite As Paragon by three quarters of a length at Ngong Race Course and Golf Park on Sunday.
Derere had remained in the middle of the 11-horse field but with 50 metres to go, Derere pushed Hawker Fury to the limit to pass As Paragon at the finishing post.
“I didn’t want to give up as I thought the horse was very strong and just decided to give a little push. I am so delighted to have won this big race here,’’ said Derere.
Finishing third in the first classic race of the season was Billy Eliot, ridden by Paul Ngugi while Tenby(Lesly Sercombe) was fourth. In the Britam Micro Finance terms for the George Drew Challenge series, Cheney won ahead of Red Raider. The race, sponsored by Britam Insurance, attracted a big crowd.
2.30: Britam Asset Managers Handicap (1,000m):
1. Espionage (J. Lokorian)
3. Belo Horizonte (K.Derere)
Dist; hd, 2 ¼, 1, 3 ¾, Time: 1.01.2secs; Tote Fav Lets Dance; Tote Win 86/-, Exacta 1099/-, Winning Owners M.B. Binks; Trainer; S. Njuguna;
1.00: Britam General Insurance Handicap (2060m):
1. Grand Opera (B. McNaughton)
2. Lucky Mascot (C.Kimani)
3. Dawnton Abbey (R.Kibet)
Dist; 5 ¾, 1 ¾, 6, 8 ½, Time: 2:13.7secs; Tote Fav Alys May; Tote Win 51/-, Exacta 41/-, Winning Owners; J. Mburu; Trainer O. Mutua;
1.35: Britam Micro Insurance Terms for George Drew Challenge Series (3,200m):
2. Red Raider (P. Mungai)
Dist; 2 ½, 1 ¾, dist; Time 1:32.4secs; Tote Fav Winner; Tote Win 19/-, Exacta 174/-, Winning Owners; David Ansell, Damon Ansell, N. Ansell, J. Briggs; Trainer P.A. Sercombe
2.10: Britam Medical Insurance Handicap (1,600m):
3. Iced Waterfall (M.Micino)
Dist: 4 ¼, Sh, ¾, 4 ¾, Time: 1:41.7secs; Tote Fav: Bay Express; Tote Win 14/- , Exacta 2102/-, Winning Owners J.Muya; Trainer; JA Muya.
2.45: Britam Life Assurance Handicap (1,600m):
Dist; 1 ½, 7, 1 ¼, ¾, Time: 1:40.1secs; Tote Fav winner; Tote Win 25/-, Exacta 332/-, Winning owners; Y.Patel, Trainer: PA Sercombe;
3.20: Britam Kenya Guineas (1,600m):
1. Hawker Fury (K.Derere)
3. Billy Elliot (P.Ngugi)
Dist; ¾, 8, sh, ¾, :Time 1:38.4secs; Tote Fav As Paragon; Tote Win 43/-, Exacta 215/-, Winning J.Mburu; Trainer; O. Mutua;
3.55: Britam Pensions Maiden (1,400m):
Dist: 1 ¼, ½, dist; 2 ¼, Time: 1:30.8secs; Tote Fav Exabyte ; Tote Win37/-, Exacta 1270/-, Winning owners Yard Birds Syndicate; Trainer; PA Sercombe;
4.30: Britam Property Handicap (1,200m):
2. South Lodge (J.Lokorian)
Dist; 2 ½, ½, 1, 2 ¾, Time: 1:30.3secs; Tote fav N/A; Tote N/A, Exacta N/A; Winning Owners G.Moi; Trainer N.Nuno.