MIKE de Kock and his team will be sitting down this week to discuss the future of Mary Slack’s lightly-raced four-year-old colt, Buffalo Bill Cody (IRE), who had ‘star’ written all over him in a MR103 Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Buffalo Bill Cody turned up the heat from the moment he jumped from the pens. He raced into the lead from a wide draw, dictated the pace and had his rivals off the bit fully 500m out.
The De Kock website described the win as such: “Buffalo Bill Cody has the element that separates top horses from good ones – he can quicken off a high cruising speed. When you think he’s at top speed, there’s another gear to come! He blew his rivals away early and, simply going through the motions for Randall Simons over the last 100m, clocked 96,48s. This was a tiny split slower than the time recorded over the same distance by Coral Fever, a hard-ridden Gr2 winner in a driving finish an hour earlier.
“Bred in the Northern Hemisphere, Mike has always maintained that Buffalo Bill Cody (Redoute’s Choice) will improve with maturity to extend his natural racing ability. He has taken firm steps towards his peak in his time off and with undoubtedly even more to come, he’s a racing prospect to be followed with great interest.
Mathew de Kock commented: “Buffalo Bill Cody is very smart. He’s a machine. We’ll be sitting down to plan his next few races this week and putting our heads together because he is versatile and it looks like he’ll see out 1800m and even 2000m, so the Victory Moon Handicap and the Summer up are options, and of course the Queen’s Plate in January. But nothing is firm yet, he seems very comfortable around a mile, so we’ll see.”