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Pepsi Outmuscles Mission Babasiga

Ba’s Pepsi was crowned the champion during the Gecko Trucking (Fiji) Limited-sponsored 2014 Champion vs Champion at the Namosau horse racing course in Ba on Sunday. The eight-year-old horse proved
30 Dec 2014 10:52
Pepsi Outmuscles Mission Babasiga

Ba’s Pepsi was crowned the champion during the Gecko Trucking (Fiji) Limited-sponsored 2014 Champion vs Champion at the Namosau horse racing course in Ba on Sunday.

The eight-year-old horse proved to be the best ending the undefeated record of Mission Babasiga who also won the Aviva Cup in Wailoko, Nadi on Boxing Day.

But it was Mission Babasiga who led in the first round but was overtaken by Pepsi in the final round of the main race (mile and quarter) marking the final horse race of the year.

Pepsi’s jockey Suban Ali, 29, who has been a jockey for the last 15 years, said he was looking forward to the race.

“There were a lot of talks on whose horse is the fastest in the country,” he said.

“I knew that it won’t be easy to win since both the horses are the best in the country.”

In other main races Dyna Kill beat Fanta for first spot while Cilau settled for third in the one-mile race.

Pepsi’s younger sister Lady Sinoor, who is also upcoming, beat Bharat in another torrid battle.

Ba Town Council chief executive officer Dip Narayan said the horse racing fraternity in Ba is growing.

“We have had a series of races this year in Ba starting in 2012 after a lapse of 18 years,” said Narayan.

“There are a lot of horses from Rakiraki to Sigatoka and there was healthy competition with the owners.”

He said there would be more competition next year with the businesshouses supporting the event.

Chief guest Gecko Trucking (Fiji) Limited director Wela Pillay said he would continue to embrace and support horse racing in the country. “Our company is proud and honoured to be associated with horse racing,” Pillay said.

“The support showed by the Government so far will take horse racing a long way.”

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