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Shortly after his annual raid on the Dubai Carnival meeting, South Africa’s most well-known globetrotting trainer, Mike de Kock, took a moment out of his busy schedule to chat with the TDN’s Brittlan Wall.
Horsemen the world over hold strong views on how best to breed a decent horse, and while the traditional need for a good individual will rank high on the list, the one indispensable ingredient at the top of most people's lists, is pedigree.
Postponed, the son of Dubawi – sire of South Africa’s own Willow Magic, had been viewed as the favourite ahead of the Dubai Sheema Classic and he lived up to that billing as he triumphed in a new course record time over the 2,410m distance on turf on Saturday.
Mike de Kock produced a dominating training performance at the fourth meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday, saddling three winners, two seconds and one third on his way to an eighth Al Rashidiya (Gr.2) success, courtesy of the resurgent Forries Waltz.
Getting horses in and out of a country affects every aspect of the sport, not just its spectator appeal, not alone its betting turnovers, but it extends right down to the roots of the game, the breeding of racehorses.
In any other year, he would've been a Derby winner. - Mike de Kock
Mubtaahij (Dubawi) ran out an eight-length winner of the Group 2 UAE Derby over 1900m on dirt at Meydan Saturday for South African trainer Mike de Kock, and is so doing, booked himself a spot in the 2015 Kentucky Derby 2 May.
Prince Bishop (Ire) (Dubawi), who competed Saturday at Meydan in the new racing colours of Sheikh Mohammed's son, Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, became the oldest winner of the Dubai World Cup aged eight.
The Thursday morning prior to the Dubai World Cup meeting is billed as 'Breakfast With The Stars,' and for those up early enough at Meydan there was the chance for breakfast with a rock star. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) has received this lofty billing from his veteran trainer Art Sherman, and it's a title he wears with ease.
South African trainer Mike de Kock is set to saddle seven runners at Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan. The meeting offers prize money of $30-million (R366-million), with $10-million up for grabs on the Dubai World Cup itself, over 2000m on the dirt.
The Mike de Kock trained Dubawi colt, Mubtaahij, piloted by jockey Dane O'Neill, ended an exceptional 10-run winning streak of Godolphin ace Sir Fever Saturday at Meydan in the $250,000 Al Bastakiya over 1900m on dirt. The winning margin was an impressive 2.50 lengths.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's Vercingetorix (Silvano - National Vixen, by National Assembly), who disappointed in the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan Saturday when checking home sixth, has emerged from the race with a pulled sesamoidal ligament and will not race again.
The much anticipated Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan Thursday produced a thrilling battle up the straight between the Mike de Kock-trained Mubtaahij (Dubawi) and the Godolphin runner, Maftool (Hard Spun).
Thursday's $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) at Meydan sets up as an exciting re-match between the top three of the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial; the Mike de Kock-trained duo of Mubtaahij and Ajwad and the Godolphin runner Maftool, this time going a furlong shorter than 15 January.
Winner of the 2014 G1 Jebel Hatta Stakes and runner-up to top-rated Just a Way in last year's G1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, Vercingetorix suggested he'll be a major force in the newly renamed G1 Dubai Turf with a first-up victory in Thursday's G2 Al Rashidiya Stakes at Meydan.
The 2014 horseracing year will be remembered as the season when the World's Best Racehorse was trained in Japan for the first time. Following on from the high ranking duo of ORFEVRE and crack sprinter LORD KANALOA in 2013, Japan secured the top two rankings in the world courtesy of JUST A WAY and EPIPHANEIA.
Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer), won a quality Gulf News Classified turf handicap over 1800m on turf at Meydan in Dubai on Thursday night for trainer Mike de Kock, following a 10-month break and having to endure the tiresome travelling and quarantine schedule to get to his new base.
It will be surprising to some, but Mike de Kock was in good spirits after the seven of his eleven runners that raced on the new sand track at the first 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan on Thursday were beaten out of sight, all finishing near last or actually last.
Dubai World Cup Carnival preview with Joe Kristufek and Pat Cummings.