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VICTOIRE PISA LEADS DUBAI WORLD CUP 1-2 FOR JAPAN

Click above to watch Victoire Pisa winning the Dubai World Cup (Gr1)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)
Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m
26 March 2011

FINAL RESULT

# Margin Horse Kg OR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VICTOIRE PISA (JPN) 57.0 121 6 M Demuro Katsuhiko Sumii
2 0.50 TRANSCEND (JPN) 57.0 116 9 S Fujita Takayuki Yasuda
3 0.25 MONTEROSSO (GB) 57.0 115 2 M Barzalona Mahmoud Al Zarooni
4 0.25 CAPE BLANCO (IRE) 57.0 126 4 J Spencer Aidan O’Brien
5 0.75 GIO PONTI (USA) 57.0 121 5 R Dominguez Christophe Clement
6 1.00 GITANO HERNANDO (GB) 57.0 118 8 J Murtagh Marco Botti
7 0.50 MUSIR (AUS) 57.0 117 7 C Soumillon Mike de Kock
8 0.50 BUENA VISTA (JPN) 55.0 121 13 R Moore Hiroyoshi Matsuda
9 1.25 TWICE OVER (GB) 57.0 125 12 T Queally Henry Cecil
10 0.25 PRINCE BISHOP (IRE) 57.0 117 3 A Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor
11 2.25 GOLDEN SWORD (GB) 57.0 117 14 K Shea Mike de Kock
12 0.50 RICHARD’S KID (USA) 57.0 119 11 R Mullen Satish Seemar
13 12.00 FLY DOWN (USA) 57.0 123 1 J Leparoux Nicholas P Zito
14 1.25 POET’S VOICE (GB) 57.0 122 10 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor

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J J THE JET PLANE LANDS AL QUOZ SPRINT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Click above to watch J J The Jet Plane winning the US$1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint (Gr2)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

US$1,000,000 AL QUOZ SPRINT (Group 2)
Meydan, Turf, 1000m
26 March 2011

FINAL RESULT

# Margin Horse Kg OR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 J J THE JET PLANE (SAF) 57.0 122 11 B Fayd’Herbe Lucky Houdalakis
2 Hd WAR ARTIST (AUS) 57.0 116 9 O Peslier Rodolphe Collet
3 Hd BETTER BE THE ONE (AUS) 57.0 110 4 D Beasley Michael Freedman
4 Sh INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE) 55.0 107 8 J Murtagh Michael Halford
5 2.25 PROHIBIT (GB) 57.0 112 5 L Detorri Robert Cowell
6 0.5 INXILE (IRE) 57.0 108 13 A Nicholls David Nicholls
7 0.25 TRIPLE ASPECT (IRE) 57.0 107 15 R Moore William Haggas
8 0.25 QUICK ENOUGH (USA) 57.0 108 10 R Bejarano Doug O’Neill
9 1.00 MAR ADENTRO (FR) 57.0 110 7 C Soumillon Richard Chotard
10 Sh HAPPY DUBAI (IRE) 57.0 113 2 R Ffrench Ali Rashid Al Raihe
11 0.5 SPIN CYCLE (IRE) 57.0 110 3 R Mullen Satish Seemar
12 0.5 MONSIEUR JOE (IRE) 57.0 112 6 J Spencer Walter Swinburn
13 0.75 STRADIVINSKY (USA) 57.0 110 14 J Leparoux Richard Dutrow Jr
14 Ns SOLE POWER (GB) 57.0 117 12 W Lordan Edward Lynam
15 0.5 PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE) 55.0 106 1 E Creighton Edward Creighton
16 2.5 MR GRUFF (USA) 57.0 111 16 J Rosario Ronald Ellis

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A KING'S RANSOM... AND A BIT MORE

Gitano Fernando
Gitano Fernando

Gitano Hernando

(Team Valor International)

“An excellent example of what one rich man

will pay to beat another one.”

The Dubai World Cup on Saturday is the richest day in racing. All told, just short of $30 million (at yesterday’s exchange rate, more than R200 million) will be dispensed to the lucky connections of the days participants. The big race itself is worth $10 million (just about double its nearest pursuer in global money terms,) and that amount to just short of R70 million, which would buy you 14 good sized, up-and-running farms with implements and even some stock, in our district.

If you could scoop just the first prize in the World Cup itself, (more than R40 million) you could instantly become the biggest farmer in our district, and that illustrates what it is to own a good horse.

When you think we live on some of the finest and most productive agricultural land on the planet, that we have one of the most reliable climates, and that our way of life is incomparable, winning the World Cup or any one of its subsidiary races, is something every horseman dreams of. And considering how little is needed to get there (Lizard’s Desire, beaten a whisker last year and the beneficiary of more than R20 million in prize money for that effort alone, cost R40,000) and Bold Silvano (the morning line favourite for the event until his scratching on Sunday, cost a tad over R200,000), you begin to get an idea of the value South African thoroughbreds represent in the international market.

Another illustration of value, is the sale yesterday by Summerhill client, Team Valor, of their American Group One winner, Gitano Hernando, to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov for a figure said to be of the order of $4 million (almost R30 million). If the betting is anything to go by, he’s no Bold Silvano, but it’s an excellent example of what one very rich man will pay to beat another one.

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BOLD SILVANO OUT : THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa
Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa

Click above to remember Bold Silvano’s win in the 2010 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : SABC 3)

DUBAI WORLD CUP

26 MARCH 2011

We may have had a good weekend at the Cricket World Cup, victory over Bangladesh ensuring we top our group, but South Africa suffered a helluva blow in the equine version of the World Cup, scheduled for this weekend. The news filtered through about mid-day Monday, that Mike de Kock’s big World Cup hope, Bold Silvano, had injured himself in a training accident, and was to be withdrawn. He was probably the biggest chance we’ve had at winning the race, (remember, we were a whisker second last year, with Lizard’s Desire, and Summerhill graduate, Paris Perfect, was a commendable third the year before,) but Bold Silvano stood out as the 22/10 betters’ choice, ahead of the European champion, Twice Over (who’s now the “chalk” in international markets). “He worked well Sunday, but seems to have tweaked or pulled something. We cannot actually put our finger on it immediately but it is enough to rule him out. It’s a great shame as he is a genuine World Cup horse. It has not been easy with him this season but we will be back next year. At least we have back up in the shape of Golden Sword, who will take his place”, lamented De Kock.

In another major defection, Ed Dunlop’s European Champion filly, Snow Fairy, has been pulled out of the Sheema Classic (Gr1,) where she was bound to have started favourite.

We had just posted the anticipated fields for the World Cup and the Sheema Classic when we got the news, and we were on the point of mentioning that the cards had pretty much stacked up as we had anticipated, despite all the rumours to the contrary. As we saw it, Bold Silvano and Musir were to be South African’s big hopes in the World Cup, with Golden Sword aimed at the Sheema Classic. River Jetez was our choice for the Duty Free along with stable companion, Raihana and Herman Brown’s Bankable, while Mahbooba and Reem take on the colts in the UAE Derby.

Our own man, Imbongi (third in last year’s Duty Free,) has always been slated for a shot at the Godolphin Mile on the more forgiving tapeta surface, where De Kock tells us he’s a money chance. The other outstanding South African slated for the evening is J J The Jet Plane, who just doesn’t seem to like synthetic tracks, so Lucky Houdalakis has no choice but to go for the Al Quoz Sprint, as opposed to the Golden Shaheen.

Our best shots at the number one slots now rest with River Jetez and J J The Jet Plane, it seems, but what an extraordinary blow for a little country like ours, to lose a candidate of Bold Silvano’s calibre, when the eyes of the world are upon you.

Never mind, we’ll be back, and it might just turn out that it will be in both versions of the World Cup. That’s the way of our world.

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2011 : FINAL FIELD

Musir
Musir

Musir - Mike de Kock

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

CAPE BLANCO (IRE)

57.0

126

0

J Spencer

Aidan O’Brien

2

FLY DOWN (USA)

57.0

123

0

J Leparoux

Nicholas P Zito

3

GIO PONTI (USA)

57.0

121

0

R Dominguez

Christophe Clement

4

GITANO HERNANDO (GB)

57.0

118

0

J Murtagh

Marco Botti

5

GOLDEN SWORD (GB)

57.0

117

0

K Shea

Mike de Kock

6

MONTEROSSO (GB)

57.0

115

0

M Barzalona

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

7

MUSIR (AUS)

57.0

117

0

C Soumillon

Mike de Kock

8

POET’S VOICE (GB)

57.0

122

0

L Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

9

PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)

57.0

117

0

A Ajtebi

Saeed bin Suroor

10

RICHARD’S KID (USA)

57.0

119

0

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

11

TRANSCEND (JPN)

57.0

116

0

S Fujita

Takayuki Yasuda

12

TWICE OVER (GB)

57.0

125

0

T Queally

Henry Cecil

13

VICTOIRE PISA (JPN)

57.0

121

0

M Demuro

Katsuhiko Sumii

14

BUENA VISTA (JPN)

55.0

121

0

R Moore

Hiroyoshi Matsuda

* South African Connections Highlighted

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DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC 2011 : FINAL FIELD

Irish Flame - South Africa
Irish Flame - South Africa

Irish Flame - South Africa

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$5,000,000

DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (Group 1)

Meydan, Turf, 2410m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

AL SHEMALI (GB)

57.0

115

0

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

2

BOURBON BAY (USA)

57.0

115

0

R Bejarano

Neil Drysdale

3

CALVADOS BLUES (FR)

57.0

112

0

A Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

4

CHAMP PEGASUS (USA)

57.0

118

0

J Rosario

Richard Mandella

5

CHINCHON (IRE)

57.0

115

0

G Mosse

Carlos Laffon-Parias

6

DANGEROUS MIDGE (USA)

57.0

122

0

M Dwyer

Brian Meehan

7

IRISH FLAME (SAF)

57.0

116

0

K Shea

Mike de Kock

8

KING DANCER (IRE)

57.0

113

0

R Moore

Sean Woods

9

LAAHEB (GB)

57.0

115

0

R Hills

Roger Varian

10

MARINOUS (FR)

57.0

117

0

K Fallon

Frederic Head

11

REDWOOD (GB)

57.0

115

0

M Hills

Barry Hills

12

REWILDING (GB)

56.5

121

0

L Dettori

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

13

RULERSHIP (JPN)

56.5

117

0

C Soumillon

Katsuhiko Sumii

14

DEEM (IRE)

55.0

115

0

O Peslier

Jerry Barton

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DUBAI DUTY FREE 2011 : FINAL FIELD

River Jetez - South Africa
River Jetez - South Africa

River Jetez - South Africa

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$5,000,000 DUBAI DUTY FREE (Group 1)

Meydan, Turf, 1800m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

BANKABLE (IRE)

57.0

116

0

K Shea

Herman Brown

2

BEAUTY FLASH (NZ)

57.0

118

0

G Mosse

Tony Cruz

3

BEETHOVEN (IRE)

57.0

117

0

S Sanders

Ahmad Kobeissi

4

BETTER THAN EVER (AUS)

57.0

119

0

S Jumaat

Laurie Laxon

5

DEBUSSY (IRE)

57.0

120

0

A Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

6

DERBAAS (USA)

57.0

115

0

R Hills

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

7

MENDIP (USA)

57.0

117

0

L Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

8

PRESVIS (GB)

57.0

120

0

R Moore

Luca Cumani

9

RAJSAMAN (FR)

57.0

115

0

K Fallon

Frederic Head

10

ROYAL BENCH (IRE)

57.0

116

0

O Peslier

Robert Collet

11

TAZEEZ (USA)

57.0

118

0

T O’Shea

John Gosden

12

VICTOR’S CRY (USA)

57.0

115

0

V Espinoza

Eoin Harty

13

WIGMORE HALL (IRE)

57.0

117

0

J Spencer

Michael Bell

14

RAIHANA (AUS)

55.0

113

0

C Soumillon

Mike de Kock

15

RIVER JETEZ (SAF)

55.0

110

0

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike de Kock

16

STRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI (GB)

55.0

113

0

J Murtagh

Fawzi Nass

*South African Connections Highlighted

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GODOLPHIN MILE 2011 : FINAL FIELD

Imbongi South Africa
Imbongi South Africa

Imbongi - South Africa

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

US$1,000,000 GODOLPHIN MILE (Group 2)

Meydan, All-Weather, 1600m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

MUFARRH (IRE)

57.0

112

1

R Hills

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

2

CONVEYANCE (USA)

57.0

113

2

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

3

PREMIO LOCO (USA)

57.0

119

3

G Baker

Christian Wall

4

AS DE TREBOL (USA)

57.0

110

4

O Peslier

Mauricio Delcher

5

IMBONGI (SAF)

57.0

113

5

C Soumillon

Mike de Kock

6

RED JAZZ (USA)

57.0

120

6

M Hills

Barry Hills

7

CROWDED HOUSE (GB)

57.0

112

7

J Rosario

Benjamin Cecil

8

ZAFEEN SPEED (GB)

57.0

111

8

W Smith

Musabah Al Muhairi

9

MAKE MUSIC FOR ME (USA)

57.0

113

9

M Smith

Alexis Barba

10

I WANT REVENGE (USA)

57.0

110

10

R Dominguez

Richard Dutrow Jr

11

HEARTS OF FIRE (GB)

57.0

112

11

J Murtagh

Ibrahim Al Malki

12

RILEYSKEEPINGFAITH (GB)

57.0

115

12

A Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

13

SKYSURFERS (GB)

57.0

115

13

L Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

14

LE DRAKKAR (AUS)

57.0

113

14

C Lemaire

Abdulla bin Huzaim

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AL QUOZ SPRINT 2011 : FINAL FIELD

j j the jet plane south africa
j j the jet plane south africa

J J The Jet Plane - South Africa

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$1,000,000 AL QUOZ SPRINT (Group 2)

Meydan, Turf, 1000m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

OR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE)

55.0

106

1

E Creighton

Edward Creighton

2

HAPPY DUBAI (IRE)

57.0

113

2

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

3

SPIN CYCLE (IRE)

57.0

110

3

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

4

BETTER BE THE ONE (AUS)

57.0

110

4

D Beasley

Michael Freedman

5

PROHIBIT (GB)

57.0

112

5

L Dettori

Robert Cowell

6

MONSIEUR JOE (IRE)

57.0

112

6

J Spencer

Walter Swinburn

7

MAR ADENTRO (FR)

57.0

110

7

C Soumillon

Richard Chotard

8

INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE)

55.0

107

8

J Murtagh

Michael Halford

9

WAR ARTIST (AUS)

57.0

116

9

O Peslier

Rodolphe Collet

10

QUICK ENOUGH (USA)

57.0

108

10

R Bejarano

Doug O’Neill

11

J J THE JET PLANE (SAF)

57.0

122

11

B Fayd’Herbe

Lucky Houdalakis

12

SOLE POWER (GB)

57.0

117

12

W Lordan

Edward Lynam

13

INXILE (IRE)

57.0

108

13

A Nicholls

David Nicholls

14

STRADIVINSKY (USA)

57.0

110

14

J Leparoux

Richard Dutrow Jr

15

TRIPLE ASPECT (IRE)

57.0

107

15

R Moore

William Haggas

16

MR GRUFF (USA)

57.0

111

16

J Rosario

Ronald Ellis

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J J THE JET PLANE FIRES IN DUBAI FOR LUCKY HOUDALAKIS

Click above to watch J J The Jet Plane winning the $175,000 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

THE DUBAI DUTY FREE FINEST SURPRISE
Meydan, Turf, 1200m
10 March 2011

FINAL RESULTS

# Margin Horse Kg OR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 J J THE JET PLANE (SAF) 60.0 122 1 B Fayd’Herbe Lucky Houdalakis
2 1.75 IVER BRIDGE LAD (GB) 53.0 105 12 J Quinn John Ryan
3 1.75 GREEN BERET (IRE) 53.0 107 10 R Ffrench Ali Rashid Al Raihe
4 0.25 DONCASTER ROVER (USA) 53.5 108 2 T Durcan David Henry Brown
5 2.25 ALAZEYAB (USA) 53.0 106 3 A Ajtebi Ali Rashid Al Raihe
6 2.00 MUSAALEM (USA) 53.0 101 5 T O’Shea Doug Watson
7 0.50 INDOMITO (GER) 53.0 104 8 D O’Donohoe Pavel Vovcenko
8 5.00 ORIFE (IRE) 53.0 101 11 G Hind Stephane Chevalier
9 0.25 ROCK JOCK (IRE) 53.0 104 7 W Supple Tracey Collins
10 8.75 EVERYDAY HEROES (USA) 53.0 100 6 W Buick Saeed bin Suroor
11 0.5 MONTMORENCY (IRE) 53.0 102 9 R Mullen Satish Seemar
12 0.25 MARIOL (FR) 53.0 105 4 H Bentley Rodolphe Collet

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DUBAI WORLD CUP : IT'S GOING TO BE SOME NIGHT

Midnight Serenade by Malhub winning the Storm Bird Stakes for trainer Dianne Stenger
Midnight Serenade by Malhub winning the Storm Bird Stakes for trainer Dianne Stenger

Click above to watch Snow Fairy winning the Hong Kong Cup (Gr1)

(Photo : Guardian - Footage : YouTube)

IT’S GETTING HOT IN THE KITCHEN

With South African horses leading the charge at the Dubai Carnival, it’s very easy to become “blinkered” in our expectations for the outcomes on the big night itself, the Dubai World Cup. We tend to forget a little that the world is a big place, and that there are other countries famed for the quality of their horses, and who are bound to be lured by the magic of the biggest purses in the world.

Let’s not forget then, that there will be plenty of quality runners in attendance this year, and that English Champion Stakes hero, Twice Over’s victory over Mike de Kock’s Musir last Thursday, was a reminder of how tough things are going to get for our South African-breds.

That’s not a reason to be deterred, as our horses have shown over the years that they can stand their ground with the best, but yesterday’s news that the oustanding filly in Europe, Snow Fairy, hot off two Grade One wins in Japan’s Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup and the Hong Kong Cup in her last two starts, is going to be aimed at the Sheema Classic (over 2400 m) on her preferred surface, turf, is an ominous warning to would-be candidates for that event.

Her trainer, Ed Dunlop, told PA Sport “putting everything together, we’ve decided to stick to what we know best. We know she goes well on fast turf, and we were not totally certain about running her on the tapeta for her first race of the season. It’s something we’ve all agreed on”.

From Hong Kong comes the news that the Grade One Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile ace, Beauty Flash, is poised for an attempt at the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, a race for which Mike de Kock has among his arrows, River Jetez, in the form of her life.

It’s going to be some night.

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BROWN HAS A BANKER

Click above to watch Bankable winning the $200,000 Mahab Al Shimaal
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL RACING CARNIVAL

With just a couple of weeks to go before the Dubai World Cup meeting, Thursday evening’s contests would’ve provided some serious pointers not only to the form of the principal contenders, but also where they may head in the wake of the results.

The big talk of the evening would’ve undoubtedly centred on the English Champion Stakes ace, Twice Over’s resounding victory over last year’s UAE Derby winner, Musir, and as impressive as that was, it’s arguable that the Herman Brown-trained Bankable’s last-to-first plunge in the 1200 metres sprint was even more so.

Bankable was an unlucky second in last year’s Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1), in which he shaded the Summerhill-bred Imbongi, but on this evidence, you’d have to ask yourself whether Herman might not be better advised aiming this fellow for the Golden Shaheen (Gr.1) over the same course and distance, where the first prize is bigger than that of the minor money in the Duty Free. The Americans always arrive with hoards of top notch sprinters, but there’s nothing standing out this year to our knowledge, and it seems Bankable is a live candidate for that event.

Disappointment of the evening was Irish Flame, who was up there in the vicinity of Bold Silvano last season in South Africa, but who’s shown nothing like his true form during his Dubai campaign. Bold Silvano of course, was sidelined for the evening with a foot injury, but when Mike de Kock tells you he’ll be ready on the big night, you have to take his well being for granted. Nobody knows Dubai better than De Kock, and there’s nobody better in the world at getting a horse ready for a major engagement.

Beaten in her last outing quite convincingly by River Jetez, the Galileo filly, Reem, paid tribute to the former J&B Met winners’ talents by cruising away by five lengths herself in a Stakes event on the evening, and we guess she’ll be joining Mahubo in the line-up for the Duty Free. The real question is what to do with River Jetez herself, as it’s possible (though we have no official reason for saying so,) that Musir might head for the Duty Free as well, and we guess that Mike must have the Sheema Classic (2400m) as one of the options for River Jetez.

Either way, with Twice Over in the form of his life and already the best middle distance horse in Europe, and with Bold Silvano up there with the best in the Southern Hemisphere (what a pity the New Zealand-bred So You Think, is missing), there is a real North vs South battle in the offing.

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DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT : NOT JUST A FEW FINGERS

South Africa Racehorse Trainer Mike de Kock
South Africa Racehorse Trainer Mike de Kock

South African Trainer, Mike de Kock

(Image : Summerhill Stud)

DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

26 March 2011

Mike de Kock’s stranglehold on the Dubai Racing Carnival’s trainer’s championship over the past decade has thrust him into the conjecture of horsemen across the globe, as to whether he is not the reigning king among racehorse conditioners. As complete as his dominance has been in the past several years, it’s an arguable proposition that this year he has a fistful of even better prospects for World Cup night.

Ask any group of Super Fifteen franchise coaches, and they’ll tell you it’s a long haul to the finals, and that as much as you might have a skilled team on your hands, you still need to have a minimum of interventions. Injury can lay the best plans to waste, and Mike de Kock will need all the elements on his side going into the grande finale, but on the face of what we’ve seen so far, he’ll have as formidable a hand as anybody’s ever had.

Bold Silvano must surely top his list of hopefuls for the $10 million Dubai World Cup itself, and it’s probable he will be backed up by Musir in that line-up.

From what he told us last week, and on the evidence of his showing on Friday evening, Golden Sword has put his hand up in no uncertain terms, with options for both the World Cup and the Sheema Classic (over 2400m, a distance at which he’s already excelled in Europe). While he’s been a hard knocker as a stallion in Europe, his sire High Chaparral is as hot-as-hell in the Southern Hemisphere, where he’s been represented by the likes of So You Think and Shootout in Australia, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum and Mary Slack have a proper sire prospect on their hands.

Any trainer would count himself happy with those three alone, but that’s not the end of Mike de Kock’s retinue. Raihana has already booked her place for the Duty Free, while River Jetez staked an enormous claim with her closing burst in Friday’s Balanchine (Gr.2). She looks to be in the form of her life, (yes, even better than on J&B Met day, when she put down the charge of her illustrious full brother, Pocket Power), and she would obviously have options in both the Duty Free and the Sheema Classic (she won the Gold Circle Oaks over the trip).

Dare we mention it, but our own Imbongi, third in last year’s Duty Free, must be a big runner in the Godolphin Mile, given his liking for the tapeta surface. He’s getting on a bit now, and has a bit of mileage on those wheels, so Mike thinks he’s a better prospect on the forgiving tapeta, as opposed to the turf. That means he probably won’t be defending his title in the Super Thursday edition of the Zabeel Mile (Gr.2), but he’ll be out there doing his stuff, either way. His younger brother Mahubo was a fast closing second on Thursday evening, and he’ll be squeezed back into the programme somewhere along the line, “Inshallah” (as they like to say in Dubai).

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DESERT TUNES : THE M.F. DE KOCK MACHINE ROLLS ON

video of bold silvano winning the vodacom durban july at greyville racecourse, durban south africa
video of bold silvano winning the vodacom durban july at greyville racecourse, durban south africa

Click above to watch Bold Silvano winning the 2010 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : SABC 3)

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL RACING CARNIVAL

2011 UPDATE

There’s been quite a bit of comment recently on this site about the racing in Dubai at this season’s carnival, and which horses are likely to run where. We were on the line with Mike de Kock earlier, about our own horse, Imbongi, whom he says is likely to take his place in the Godolphin Mile (Gr.2) on World Cup night. Mike thinks he’s pretty much booked his place already with his excellent performance in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1) and his follow up runs this year, but feels he’s better off on the more forgiving surface of the tapeta, now that he’s in his third season in Dubai.

Exactly which horses will go to the Duty Free remains to be settled, but Raihana we guess, could be one of them. It’s really his hand in the big race though (for $10 million again this year) that gets the juices going. Bold Silvano has already booked his passage, while Musir’s strong first up run last week, suggests he’s on track for the Dubai World Cup as well. We don’t really think it’s a choice between Mr. Brock and Golden Sword, as has been suggested. The former might not make the cut, but Mike seems to think that Golden Sword might be an even better horse on the tapeta than he is on the turf, some statement for a horse that won the Chester Vase in England, and then ran big in both the Epsom and Irish Derbys in 2009. One of our correspondents said he’d go with Golden Sword, and we agree, while it’s possible Mr.Brock could run for the $5million of the Sheema Classic over 2400m instead. That’s not what Mike said (we didn’t discuss Mr.Brock with him), so it’s just a personal observation.

Whichever way you look at it, the M.F. de Kock machine rolls on, and the pickings are looking juicer every day.

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BOLD SILVANO BRILLIANT IN AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2

Click above to watch Bold Silvano winning the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (Gr3)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2 (Group 3)
Meydan, Tapeta, 1900m
3 February 2011

Leaving the eighth pole and with the result all but a formality, jockey Christophe Soumillon took a look to his left at the infield screen. His South African-bred mount Bold Silvano (SAF) (Silvano) took some exception, drifting several paths towards the outside, but that would rank as his biggest scare, as the 2010 Vodacom Durban July Grade 1 hero waltzed home an easy 1½ length winner from Godolphin’s Spring of Fame (USA) (Grand Slam) in last night’s Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (Group 3) at Meydan in Dubai.

It was another gap back to reigning Carlos Pellegrini Gr1 hero, Interaction (ARG) (Easing Along), who edged last year’s Dubai Duty Free Gr1 victor, Al Shemali (GB) (Medicean), out of third.

A half-step slow from the stalls, Bold Silvano took control of a paceless affair early on until allowing Spring of Fame to lead approaching the half-mile pole. Bold Silvano never gave up the fence, though, countered to reassert nearing the stretch and strode home a comfortable winner.

“This was the plan for his comeback, but I did not expect him to win that well,” winning South African master trainer Mike de Kock told Racing Post. “The World Cup is his target and he was probably 85 percent tonight, but Christophe gave him a great ride.”

Fourth in the 2010 Cape Derby Grade 1, Bold Silvano resumed with a neck score in the Betting World 1900 Grade 2 at Greyville on May 21, then went down by a neck in the Daily News 2000 Grade 1 at Greyville on June 5. Well backed when fourth in the Champions Cup Grade 1 at Clairwood on July 3, the bay successfully negotiated 11 furlongs for the first time, stalking from close range for a one length tally in “Africa’s Greatest Horserace”, the Vodacom Durban July Grade 1 at Greyville on July 31.

Bold Silvano had been off since, but had reportedly trained well over the Tapeta and was the clear international favorite. despite his late-race antics.

Bold Silvano is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Gill Thomson.


AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2 (Group 3)
FINAL RESULT

# LBH Horse Kg Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 BOLD SILVANO (SAF) 57.0 1 C Soumillon Mike de Kock
2 1.5 SPRING OF FAME (USA) 57.0 2 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor
3 1.5 INTERACTION (ARG) 57.0 6 C Lemaire Pascal Bary
4 ns AL SHEMALI (GB) 57.0 3 R Ffrench Ali Rashid Al Raihe
5 1.25 GITANO HERNANDO (GB) 57.0 7 W Marwing Marco Botti
6 1.5 MY INDY (ARG) 57.0 4 P Cosgrave Mubarak bin Shafya
7 2.75 CROWDED HOUSE (GB) 57.0 5 R Moore Benjamin Cecil
8 6.5 TROIS ROIS (FR) 57.0 8 T Durcan Ismail Mohammed
9 1.25 SILVERSIDE (USA) 57.0 9 J Grosjean Mauricio Delcher

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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PRAISE LOUDLY : BLAME SOFTLY

Mendip wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1
Mendip wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

Click above to watch the $US200,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

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DUBAI RACING CARNIVAL 2011

The Summerhill mare, Garden Verse, has two runners competing in Dubai this season. The one, Mahubo, has already tasted victory and the other, Imbongi, ran with distinction last night at the opening of the 2011 Racing Carnival; without quite getting there.

Mahubo (Zulu for “hymns”) was a reassuring victor of his first start, and looks set to be a solid earner through the next three months. But it was the effort of last season’s victor ludorum, Imbongi, that really got the juices going.

Mike de Kock did not rate his chances after a dismal first outing, and said he was still a bit on the soft side. But like all his mother’s children, he has that one element that no good racehorse can do without : guts.

This time Imbongi jumped well, but within a furlong he was jostled to the back, and found himself trailing by the best part of ten lengths.

You can’t give a start of that sort in most circumstances, but this was a Group race, and included several Group One performers, Mendip, Fencing Master and My Indy among them.

The old grit came back to Imbongi when they turned for home, and somehow he conjured a weaving whirlwind of a run down the Meydan stretch, to catch all but Mendip. Some run, and though seven now, this boy ran like a juvenile.

Imbongi means “praise singer” in Zulu and he was deserving. The jostling to the back was nobody’s fault just one of those things that happens in dense traffic. And what is evident, is that the Tapeta surface at Meydan gives closers the kind of grip that enhances acceleration.

It was a big night for Mike de Kock and his principal patron, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He wore the “yellow jersey” twice with Reem and Our Giant (former South African Grade One ace), and was second and third a number of times. De Kock must already be back in his customary seat at the head of the UAE Trainers’ Log.

And the Sheikh has a clutch of top class daughters from the world’s best Sire, Galileo. Reem, Mahbooba, and the recently acquired Igugu, arguably the best of the lot.

$US 200,000 AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 1

Meydan, Tapeta, 1600m

13 January 2011

#

Margin

Horse

Kg

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

MENDIP (USA)

57.0

1

Frankie Dettorie

Saeed bin Suroor

2

2.25

IMBONGI (SAF)

57.0

10

Christophe Soumillon

Mike de Kock

3

0.25

WIN FOR SURE (GER)

57.0

8

Gregory Benoist

Xavier Nakkachdji

4

Sh

COLONIAL (IRE)

57.0

4

Ted Durcan

Saeed bin Suroor

5

1.25

MR BROCK (SAF)

57.0

3

Kevin Shea

Mike de Kock

6

1.75

GREEN COAST (IRE)

57.0

11

Tadhg O’Shea

Doug Watson

7

0.25

FROZEN POWER (IRE)

57.0

7

Royston Ffrench

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

8

1.00

SEA LORD (IRE)

57.0

12

Richard Mullen

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

9

1.25

MY INDY (ARG)

57.0

6

Patrick Cosgrave

Mubarak bin Shafya

10

1.25

KING OF ROME (IRE)

57.0

5

Patrick Dobbs

Mike de Kock

11

Sh

MABAIT (GB)

57.0

14

Kieran Fallon

Luca Cumani

12

1.25

MAC LOVE (GB)

57.0

9

Michael Fenton

Stef Higgins

13

6.25

FENCING MASTER (GB)

57.0

2

Ryan Moore

Herman Brown

14

18.00

STORM ULTRALIGHT (ARG)

57.0

13

Ahmad Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

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IMBONGI TO MAKE APPEARANCE AT JEBEL ALI

Imbongi - Dubai Duty Free 2010
Imbongi - Dubai Duty Free 2010

Imbongi - Dubai Duty Free 2010

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AL SHAFAR GROUP

Jebel Ali, Dirt, 1200m

31 December 2010

The New Year’s Eve programme at Jebel Ali in Dubai has attracted South African campaigner Imbongi (By Russian Revival out of the Foveros mare Garden Verse), who makes an early reappearance as he prepares for the start of the Dubai International Racing Carnival in a few weeks time.

Soon to turn seven, the Summerhill Stud-bred chestnut had a very successful Carnival in 2010; winning the Zabeel Mile (Gr2), finishing a thrilling second in the Al Fahidi Fort (Gr3), placing third in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Gr1) and securing overall Carnival top earnings.

Trainer Mike de Kock, who will also saddle Hunting Tower (By Fort Wood) in the 1200-meter test on dirt, said, “They will both come on for the run but need to get back on the track. Hunting Tower did not fire last season, but Imbongi was a real star. He spent the summer here and should run well as he is fresh and happy.”

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum in partnership, Imbongi will be piloted today by Kevin Shea.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

IMBONGI (SAF)

59.5

113

5

K Shea

Mike de Kock

2

MANNJAL (USA)

58.5

105

11

W Buick

Dhruba Selvaratnam

3

TERRIFIC CHALLENGE (USA)

58.5

106

10

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

4

ALSADEEK (IRE)

57.5

102

3

P Dobbs

Doug Watson

5

HAPPY DUBAI (IRE)

57.5

102

9

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

6

CAPTAIN RIO (USA)

56.0

87

2

H Bently (3.0)

Satish Seemar

7

HAMMADI (IRE)

56.0

101

6

W Supple

Doug Watson

8

HUNTING TOWER (SAF)

56.0

108

8

P Cosgrave

Mike de Kock

9

LAW LORD (GB)

56.0

96

4

R Cleary

Dhruba Selvaratnam

10

MONTPELLIER (IRE)

56.0

102

1

A Ajtebi

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

11

NIZAA (USA)

56.0

63

7

E Yavuz

Rashed Bouresly

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MAHUBO STRIKES FOR MIKE DE KOCK IN DUBAI

Mahubo wins the Meydan Freezone for Mike de Kock in Dubai
Mahubo wins the Meydan Freezone for Mike de Kock in Dubai

Click above to watch Mahubo winning the Meydan Freezone

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MEYDAN FREEZONE

Meydan, All-Weather, 1200m

30 December 2010

It’s not unusual for South African trainer Mike de Kock to start his annual campaigns in Dubai with a winner and Mahubo, under jockey Kevin Shea, put the stable immediately on target for the 2011 renewal of the UAE’s annual racing extravaganza at Meydan on Thursday evening.

The Summerhill-bred four-year-old looked a length or two out of his ground when the 12-horse field turned for home in the Meydan Freezone Handicap over 1200m. But as evident at the 2010 festival, this excellent track surface suits front-runners and latecomers equally well and the best horse invariably wins.

Mahubo, a graduate form the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, hadn’t raced since 19 May 2010 but, as Mike suggested in his pre-race comments, the son of National Emblem out of the Foverors mare, Garden Verse, was fit enough to be in the shake-up. Halfway down the Meydan straight, Mahubo kicked into gear and he made up ground hand over fist to win fluently.

The short-head between Mahubo and Indian Skipper flattered the runner-up, because jockey Kevin Shea looked confident of winning the race well before the line and didn’t have to ride his most vigorous finish to get there.

Mike conveyed his thanks to Mahubo’s owner Friti Hay and her husband, Dr Jim Hay, and commented: “The Hays are new owners in the yard and this was their first runner with us. They live in Dubai, which makes it even better.”

Mahubo raced with a merit rating of 93, too low to qualify for the Carnival races, but this victory will change things. “We wanted to get him into the bigger races and tonight’s win was what we needed. He will improve more.

Seven-year-old Wonder Lawn gave a good account of himself in the Meydan Hotel Conditions Mile, staying on well for a close third behind Ali Al Raihe’s Derbaas. Wonder Lawn would probably have won in a few more strides and Mike’s prediction that he is one to be watched this season should be noted.

Mahubo’s well-accomplished half-brother Imbongi; top earner at the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival, winner of the Zabeel Mile (Gr2) and third in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr1), goes to Jebel Ali racetrack today for his first warm-up run of the season, a 1200m Conditions Race on dirt with his eight-year-old stable companion Hunting Tower.

“Both will come on with the run,” said Mike. “They enjoyed their long break. Imbongi looks a little fat, not as good as last year at this time, but we’re getting going with him.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

RACE RESULTS

#

Margin

Horse

Kg

OR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0

MAHUBO (SAF)

61.0

93

4

K Shea

Mike de Kock

2

Sh

INDIAN SKIPPER (IRE)

55.5

80

1

P Dobbs

Doug Watson

3

1.5

SATWA STREET (IRE)

59.0

88

11

W Supple

Erwan Charpy

4

Sh

FIRESTREAK (GB)

62.0

95

10

W Smith

Musabah Al Muhari

5

1.25

MY VERSE (GB)

60.5

91

9

T Durcan

Dhruba Selvaratnam

6

1

EMIRATES SPORTS (GB)

58.0

86

6

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

7

1

GLORIOUS GIFT (IRE)

60.0

90

8

K Fallon

Ahmed Al Shamsi

8

0.25

TEVEZ THE TIGER (USA)

57.5

85

7

H Bentley (3.0)

Satish Seemar

9

0.5

CHAPERNO (USA)

59.0

88

3

P Cosgrave

Mubarak bin Shafya

10

Hd

DESERT REALM (IRE)

58.5

87

2

A Murgla (3.0)

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

11

2

HE’SMINENOTYOURS (USA)

60.0

90

5

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

12

7

IMPENETRABLE (USA)

57.5

85

12

A Ajtebi

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

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