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Dave The King was in “flying” form at the HDJ Gallops (Candiese Lenferna Photography).


Dave The King drew the most “wows” from the crowd at the Hollywoodbets Durban July gallops at Hollywoodbets Greyville this morning as he appeared to be toying with his stable companion Safe Passage.

However, it must be borne in mind Mike de Kock has said Safe Passage gives away nothing in his workouts.

Craig Zackey was very happy with Dave The King’s gallop and said the massive horse with the massive stride had started maturing and learning to settle which he hoped would put to bed the concern he would not see out the 2200m trip.

With that in mind he was not sure whether he would lead this time because, having learnt to settle, he believed he could now be a versatile horse.

He spoke of the tremendous turn of foot the Global View gelding had displayed when coming from last over 1200m to win in his first start for the De Kock yard.

With all those variables now in play, Zackey was now looking forward to the discussions about tactics with De Kock.

Craig has ridden in “five or six” Julys and his best finish was fifth on the Duncan Howells-trained Saratoga Dancer.