JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “It feels great to be back in the winner’s circle. It’s very encouraging to go forward in my career after what happened. This has put me on a different level, mentally as well after what happened. I thought I would never be back to ride. It was not easy not riding (during the past three week period).“I lightened up on my therapy for a week or two and then started to train hard again. I only rode two horses in coming back. This horse (St. Joe Bay) was the first horse I worked since my accident. He’s a different horse since then. He’s changed since that work. The next time I worked him he was so positive. He built up with more weight and he was so happy. The combination changed him for the good. I never thought he would win that easy. This is fun and exciting.“I tried to jump in and open up as much as I could and he took it from there. He wanted to come out of there but really his body was not too capable so bobbled a bit, but by the second stride he picked up nicely and then I just let him cruise to the lead.”TYLER BAZE, DR. DOOR, SECOND: “I didn’t think he was going to be that lazy, but besides that he got rolling and he tried hard. I think he ran really well off the layoff. I’d like to thank Bob (Baffert) for the opportunity and would love to ride him back.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, ST. JOE BAY, WINNER: “No, this doesn’t make up for the last one (scant nose defeat of Catapult in the Kilroe Mile). We’re really happy for Victor who’s on his comeback. He’s worked hard and it’s been tough with the calendar. He was ready to go a month ago and he had to stop, so it’s good for him to get back to the winner’s circle.“The horse got was second, got beat a head in this race last year. It’s a good distance for him, he got out, got rolling and the rest is history.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis.
Proline players celebrate Mujuzi’s second goal against Kyetume. (Proline Photos)Uganda Cup 2018/19Kyetume FC 1-2 Proline FCNakisunga Ssaza playground, MukonoMonday, 29-04-2019MUKONO – Proline moved closer to a first ever Uganda Cup final following a 2-1 win away to Kyetume in the semi final first leg.In the game played at Nakisunga playgrounds on Monday, Proline raced into a 2-0 lead.First it was Ibrahim Bonyo who slotted in the opener on 24 minutes after he was played in by another Ibrahim, Wamanah.Mustafa Mujuzi doubled the visitors’ advantage in the second half, from a beautiful free kick that left Kyetume goalkeeper Ismail Zziwa rooted to the spot.Later on in the game, Robert Ssentongo halved the deficit off an Elkanah Ndugwa lobbed pass that caught Proline’s defence flat.“It’s a big win for us, said Proline’s coach Shafic Bisaso after the game.“We benefited from the little we know about our opponents but it is not yet over as there are still 90 minutes away.Despite taking a 2-0 comfortable lead, Kyetume’s veterans – Vincent Kayizi, Patrick Ochan, Robert Ssentongo and Elkana Ndugwa – kept pressing but Proline managed to hold on for a win.Proline who eliminated Vipers will have goalkeeper Hassan Matovu to thank after the KCCA FC loanee kept out three rocket freekicks from Benon Tahomera.Towering striker Faisaam Malango also headed out Robert Ssentongo’s lofty delivery.Proline could have sealed it there and then but Bonyo who was freed by substitute Bright Anukani, fluffed his keeper-to-beat attempt over the bar.In the end, Proline walked out of Nakisunga with their heads held high after registering a vital win away from home.The two sides will clash again in the return leg at Lugogo earlier next month.The other semi final first leg between Bright Stars and Express ended 1-1 at the Champions Stadium in Mwerere, on Sunday.Comments Tags: Elkanah NkugwaIbrahim BonyoIbrahim WamanahKyetume FCMustafa Mujuziproline fcRobert SsentongoShafick Bisasotop