Mike de Kock won two stakes races at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
His Ridgemont-bred What A Winter filly Humdinger has progressed tremendously over the last year and she added a third stakes win and a second Gr 2 to her CV when holding on to win the East Coast Radio Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m.
She was caught one out and one back without cover in the running which made her win all the more commendable.
JP van der Merwe accepted the position and relaxed her well. He also kept her on a perfectly straight line in the straight, using the whip sparingly, and this bee-line helped her hold on by a neck from the fast-finishing Marigold Hotel with Tipsy Tarragon only a further -,75 lengths back in third.
The 1400m trip is clearly the optimum for Humdinger for although she won the Listed Off To Stud stakes over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville at the beginning of the season, her two Gr 2’s have come over 1450m and 1400m and she was found wanting in the Gr 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes over 1600m on the tough Turffontein Standside 1600m.
Nevertheless, she might be seen in the Gr 1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes on Hollywoodbets Durban July day because the Hollywoodbets Greyville 1600m is a touch easier than the Turffontein Standside one.
Earlier, De Kock’s Gimmeagreenlight colt Gimmeanotherchance justified odds of 46/100 by winning the Listed The Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes.
Keagen de Melo had him in the lead on the rail from pole position. In the straight he ran on resolutely before kicking away impressively in the final 100m to win by 3,20 lengths from the Mike Miller-trained Winter Games and the Doug Campbell-trained Ermelo, who finished a short-head apart.
Mike de Kock and Jehan Malherbe chose Gimmeanotherchance together at the BSA National Yearling Sale and bought the Varsfontein Stud-bred colt for R800,000 on behalf of Lady Chistine Laidlaw’s Khaya Stables.
He is out of Gr 2 Golden Slipper winner Final Judgement, so the Gr 2 Golden Horseshoe is obviously going to be next assignment for Gimmeanotherchance.
De Kock said he looked like “an athlete” at the Sale and so he has proved to be.