“I’d like to get both runners on the first plane out of here,” said Mike de Kock after his Australian imports Mount Pleasant and Najem Suhail ran first and second in the Gr2 SA Nursery over 1100m at Turffontein on Saturday.
They’re both two-year-olds of obvious high quality, with the ability to perform at international level and De Kock said: “Najem Suhail will definitely be going (owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai) and I’ll discuss Mount Pleasant with owner Dave Maclean.”
Maclean, who also won last year’s colt’s Nursery with Frosted Gold, in Mount Pleasant has a runner De Kock describes as “a real solid rock of a horse and we’ll probably see the best of him around the turn.”
Mount Pleasant, who’d won his debut coming from a few lengths off the pace, was always going to chase his very fast stablemate in this race and had three lengths to find with 450m to go, but he reeled him in, kept running strongly and won by a length.
Jockey Callan Murray was suitably impressed, saying: “He raced with more maturity today, got in behind them and I could ride more of a race on him. He accelerated and ran well to the line.”
Mount Pleasant is an Inglis Melbourne buy by Vancouver (Medaglia D’Oro), from Life In A Metro (AUS) by Fastnet Rock (AUS), and has earned R126,000 in two starts. He clocked 67.52s, almost 1s faster than the smart Springs Of Carmel, who wo the Fillies Nursery earlier.