The much awaited Mascom Horse race left many local people disappointed after local favourite, Voice of Charleshill failed the test against the much superior Shut the Voice from Namibia. The event saw multitudes of people thronging the horse race venue at Shashe grounds even before starting time.
Known for its reputation of leaving other horses in the dust most people had put their bet on Voice of Charleshill owned by William Joseph. The magnificent horse has dominated the 2400m race for some years since the race relocated to Maun from Gaborone. The annual horse race started in 1996 in Gaborone, before it was moved to Maun.
However they were left with long faces as the Namibian horse, Shut the Voice owned by Ronald Esterhuizen dominated the race emerging victorious at the end. The Namibians also dominated other categories as they scooped first prices in 1000m race in the Tswana cateregory after their horse Kalahari over powered Cash Powered from Charleshill.
They also won in thorough breed categories of 80m0, 1000m, 1200m and cross breed race of 1000m. Most of the local horses which were either from Charleshill or Maun could only master second or third position in all the categories except two.
The likes of Women Affairs, Send the Music, Western Takers and Council Chambers failed to impress because of the tough completion brought by the Namibian horses though. However Look and Summer Ridge managed redeemed the local supporters by scooping position one and two respectively in the less fun 800m race. Mascom wireless Communications and Public Relations Manager Tebogo Lebotse said that each category was required to have a minimum of four horses for the race to continue. Information on price money could not be revealed at the time of going to print but the previous editions have been sponsored by more than P2 million.