THE Vaal Classic track is in good condition, as can be seen from this JC Photos snap, and this will make for good racing at the country course on Thursday afternoon. We tracked down in-form Mike de Kock for comments on his several promising form runners at the meeting.

De Kock sounded confident of winning Race 1 over 1200m with import Biblical Susan, and he said: “She ran a cracker of a debut after getting left. She has a nice pedigree, lots of pace in the female line and she’s drawn well, should go close.”

Old Guard is a newcomer by Dynasty from former Graded performing mare Headstrong – he makes his debut in Race 2 over 1600m and De Kock said: “Old Guard is quite a nice horse, he’s been erratic in work, but has put up some good gallops at times so I won’t be surprised if he makes the frame. He’s a Quartet inclusion.”

A wide draw is his only concern for the chances of Santa Monica (Race 3, 1600m), and De Kock commented:  “Santa Monica is well, if she was drawn favourably  I would have been confident she could win it, but from her wide gate she is not a certainty, she may have to go across early. Punters will have to include a few others.”

One to watch is Coyote (Race 4, 1600m), as De Kock noted: “Coyote is  a nice colt. If the newspapers are correct with their betting forecasts and he is at 5-1, I’d make him an eachway bet for the day. He’s a horse we expect to win races, a black-type horse.”

The pair in Race 6 over 1800m both warrant inclusion and De Kock said: “Seven Single is well exposed, we know where we stand with him, he should run another game race. Enbharr is a horse on the up, we haven’t got to the bottom of him yet, he is improving and has a chance. It’s hard to separate them at this point.”


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