By John Tuerijama
POPULARLY known as the ‘Garden Town’, Okahandja some 70 kilometers north of Windhoek is pencilled for the first-ever horse racing event on 25 August at the town’s turf club.
Speaking to Confidente this week, Okahandja Turf Club chairperson, Mannes Fredericks said there will be a total of 16-races on the day with the main attraction scheduled for 17h00.
Dubbed ‘ August Rush 2018’ the horse racing event will amongst others consist of racing categories such as the import graduation 100m, Nambred beginners 1000m, Nambred
maiden 1000m and Nambred graduation 1000m. “We will have horses bought from South Africa while the other horses are Nambred. We usually have our horses competing in various horse racing events but now we have decided to organize our very own horse racing event.” Fredericks said.
The horse racing event will also include other categories such as import A 1000m, import maiden 1000m, nambred D and A 1000m, import D 1000m, Nambred beginners 1600m, Nambred maiden and grad 1600m, import maiden 1600m, legends 1200m, import 1800m open, Nambred D and A 2000m, import 2000m open and finally the August Rush 2200 open.
“We have had a lot of enquiries from the Nambred beginners category. As organizers we have to cater for all horse owners because all of us buy feeds for our horses, hence, we
will have Nambred beginners in the 1000m as well as in the 1600m,” said Fredericks. Fredericks revealed that the favourite horses in action will be Mai Thaiga, Queen of Shadow, Canigao,
Mbapeua, SuideMaakVrede, KatendaKatjutju, Black Mountain , Professor, Shadaloo, and Heart Flower. Others are Big Blue Night, Kings Kitten, Supruptitious, Prince de Lago, Dashing Brave, Valaryn Steel, Starlile, Black Market and Bugs Bunny. He said different breeds of horses will be favourites in the various categories of the day. Fredericks added that the main event will feature eight horses with Okahandja Turf club expected to have six horses. He further said that the Okahandja Turf Club is putting its money on a horse known as ‘Starlile’ to bring the coveted prize money home. Fredericks urged horse owners to ensure that they fork out the exact amount for entrance fees as per the races’ categories. The entry fee is N$ 250 while the import entry fee is N$
300 per race. He added that due to the fact that they added two more plates, the racing will kick off at 11h00. Fredericks urged horse owners to have their payments done not later than 17 August
as they work on the first come first service basis. Payment can be made to F H Hendricks Standard Bank Cheque Account 043229719. Namibia has seen a steady rise in horse racing event in recent years with horse racing lovers being treated to a number of competitions almost throughout the year. The Okahandja Racing Stable will on the day have a number of activities for both young and old, with a total of 120 horses scheduled to compete for top honours
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