BARAHIN was an impressive winner of the Gr3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein Saturday, securing his Vodacom Durban July spot on a red-letter day for Mike de Kock, who won three other races at the meeting.
That Barahin was described as “unconscious” by jockey Anton Marcus – in reference to being green and immature, shows how much more this smart three-year-old still has left in the tank. While he is a margin inferior to his stablemate Hawwaam, further improvement going into the 6 July spectacle will give him a clear money chance.
Barahin won this Gr3 contest from a band of hard-knockers despite being dumb, but he did it well, coming from almost last turning for home. Marcus went straight to the back after the jump, not trying to rush things from a deep draw and his plan worked out, though Barahin still had the best part of seven lengths to find going through the 400m-mark.
It was soon apparent, however, that Barahin was running on best of all. He drew level with the leaders with 100m to run and then went clear for an impressive success. Sean Tarry’s pair, Shenanigans and Captain And Master filled the minors.
“This was a big win considering he came off a rest and an injury,” said Mathew de Kock.
Barahin has won four of seven starts and R1,19-million in stakes. He’s a Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein bred by Gimmethegreenlight from Mocha Special, by Silvano and races for Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai.