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Excitement builds for July Handicap

Excitement builds for July Handicap

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Aili Iilonga
The much anticipated FNB July Handicap Horse racing that will make its way down to Okahatjipara turf club is expected to attract at least a thousand horse racing lovers across wide.
The event is expected to host 18 races on the 27 July with horse owners urged to register sooner than later and get their horses in shape in time for the event.
Situated in Okondjatu village in the Okakarara constituency, the Okahatjipara turf club was established in 2015 in partnership with the Professor Supporters Club.
The partnership brought about the biggest horseracing event in 2017, the Gobabis handicap that saw FNB sponsoring N$100 000 in prize money, which resulted in informal conversation with FNB coming on board as the main sponsors over the next three years.
At a press conference in Windhoek, FNB announced that it will sponsor N$600 000 to the Professor Supporters Club and Okahatjipara turf club over the next three years.
FNB’s Gordon Pokolo said that the partnership aims to boost the horse racing sport and decentralize to other part of the country.
Okakarara constituency councilor Vetaruhe Kendorozu said that horse racing as a sport has been forgotten but has regained popularity and he hopes that the event will grow from strength to strength.
“We need to decentralise more sport codes to the rural areas and not just have everything in Windhoek,” he said.

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