MIKE de Kock, who relocated his entire string to Randjesfontein recently, saddled three impressive-looking winners at the Vaal on Thursday. The stable has sent out 73 winners from only 486 runners this season and things are looking bang on target for De Kock and son Mathew, who are just about certain to land a number of features in the last part of the Autumn Season and going into Champions Season in KwaZulu-Natal.
The former Champion trainer who, with the consolidation of the string and support of Mathew has given his formidable racing machine new oil, was particularly pleased with the victory of Silver Thursday, a Varsfontein-bred filly purchased for R1.3 million by Form Bloodstock at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.
Silver Thursday (Callan Murray, headline photo) quickened up late to win her 1200m debut against winners and De Kock said that he regarded her as “a filly with a bright future”.
Silver Thursday is owned by the partnership of Jessica Slack’s Mauritzfontein Stud, Dr Andreas Jacobs’ Maine Chance Farms and Mrs John Magnier of Coolmore fame – and her connections are expected to once again be in attendance at next month’s National Yearling Sale.
Silver Thursday is a daughter Silvano and the first winner for Captain Al’s Listed Syringa Handicap winner Secret Obsession. She has a full-brother by Dynasty (Lot 161) on offer at the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Martha’s Vineyard (IRE), Anthony Delpech up, broke her Maiden at her second attempt with a two-length success over Street Life. She is raced by Mary Slack and Michael Javett, the partnership that owned former champion sprinter Alboran Sea.
Australian-bred Naafer, a son of 11-time Gr1 winner Lonhro, also looks set to develop into a decent sort of horse. Second to Sean Tarry’s promising Wonderwall in a 1200m contest at the Vaal a week ago, Naafer (Murray) sprinted well away from his field over the same course and distance to win by 5.25-lengths. He races in the Sheikh Hamdan colours and has more to come.