Malmoos underlined his rising star status with a comfortable win in the Grade 3 Graham Beck over 1400m at Turffontein today.
Like Malmoos, stable mate Forever Mine went into this race having won two from two, and set off to set a decent gallop, closely followed by Malmoos and Winter Stories.
We won’t mention the others, as quite frankly they were never in it.
Forever Mine was still going strongly with 400m to go, and Malmoos did have to come out of second gear this time. But after a brief battle the Captain Al colt quickened again and drew off to win by a length and a half.
Winter Stories held on for third just ahead of Catch Twentytwo.
“He has a real classic pedigree, and the further he goes the better. We’ve got to go down for the (Cape) Guineas,” enthused Mike de Kock.
“They both probably have an international campaign ahead of them,” he concluded in less cheerful news for local racing fans about his two stars.
Later MK’s Pride took the 900k Peermont Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Cup by a whisker from favourite War Of Athena. These two battled it out with maiden Flying Carpet over the closing stages, but MK’s Pride put his head down on the line to prevail by a short head.
The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile was notched by a fast finishing Hudoo Magic. Backed into 6-1, the Brett Crawford trained Choisir gelding got up to deny his former stable companion Charles, who now turns out for Mike de Kock.