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Well, what a night of racing in the Dubai desert for Team Mike de Kock, as well as for South African horseracing.

With runners in only three races in Thursday night’s Dubai Racing Carnival spectacle, Mike de Kock and team made each race count!

A stellar run for second by Art Of War in the Meydan Hotel Trophy over 1800m on dirt was arguably the best UAE performance to date for this fighting son of Summerhill stallion Kahal. Art of War, a graduate of the Summerhill Ready To Run, courageously chased the seasoned campaigner, Gloria De Campeao, all the way to the line under jockey Johnny Murtagh.

JJ The Jet Plane, South African Champion Sprinter, exploded out the gates in the Al Quoz Sprint over 1200m on turf. Kevin Shea settled him just off the pace before igniting the afterburners from two furlongs out to win convincingly from Hatta Fort.

Then it was the turn of Archipenko, a son of Kingmambo, to test his class in the Zabeel Mile over 1600m on Turf, his first run since August 2008. Kevin Shea settled Archipenko two wide in second before upping the pace with 400m to go, driving across the line unthreatened.

Congratulation to Mike de Kock and team as well as to all the successful connections… class does tell.