MTC Summer Cup is on

01 December 2021 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

WINDHOEK

The Namibia Horseracing Association (NHRA) has announced that it has increased its safety measures for jockeys and horses at Tsaka to avoid any unexpected problems.

The MTC Summer Cup is expected to pit some of Namibia’s top local and imported horses against each other at Tsaka on Saturday. Starlile, Visigoth, Burundi are among the horses that will be in action.

NHRA president Marthinus de Waal promised an exciting and intriguing event at the settlement, which is situated about 40 km from Gobabis.

“We are excited to introduce the MTC Horseracing Summer Cup taking place at Tsaka.

“We all know Tsaka is the area where the late Bohitile comes from and the Okapano Turf always lives up to expectations.

“There will be safety measures in place for the jockeys, including paramedics and an ambulance,” De Waal said.

There will be over 170 horses competing in 17 categories at the event.

Sponsored by MTC, the prize money is N$150 000.

The main race of the competition, the 2000 metre, will have a prize of N$7 000 for the winning horse.

Starlile from Okahandja has found her form and was tormenting the other horses in the last few races.

Burundi, who stole the show at Okondjatu, was beaten by Starlile at Gobabis about a week ago.

Visigoth, who had a proper 2020, never got to be at the top of his game this year and has been dropping down the pecking order. But the Aminuis favourite always shines in his own backyard and his fans are hoping for the best.

“We are going to provide trophies and medals for the horses and jockeys on the day.

“We will make sure that all coronavirus protocols are in place and the security will be tight as usual,” De Waal added.

The event will begin at 10:00 with a meeting before proceeding to the races at 10:30.

MTC’s Fikameni Mathias has pleaded with horse owners to look after the wellness of the jockeys at all times.

“As you all know, MTC has always put emphasis on the wellbeing of Jockeys and we hope that horse owners and the NHRA will obey our call,” Mathias said.

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