TRAINER Mike de Kock has a handful of unraced horses showing his team quality work at his Randjesfontein base.
The De Kock stable sent out two winners at the Vaal on Tuesday, including Sheikh Hamdan’s three-year-old Al Fahad (headline photo), an Australian-bred by Redoute’s Choice. De Kock reckons this one has the mettle to go on to better things and said: “He’s a nice type of horse with lots of scope and 1200m is his minimum trip, he’s from a mare by Zabeel and should go a mile or more.
“I’d like to believe the form of this race will prove to be strong. There was talk for the second horse Doosra, he ran a cracking race, while Matador Man came into the race with exposed form. There was 11 lengths between third and fourth and that points to what could be a powerful formline.”
De Kock said he had more promising young runners going through their paces in home gallops: “We are delighted with our three-year-olds, there are five or six of them showing the kind of early work good horses are made of. We haven’t been in a hurry, they will all race in due course and I think we’re going to have a good season with them.”
*De Kock has withdrawn early favourites Janoobee (no race beforehand) and Jubilee Line (injured) from the Vaal Grand Heritage.
Pic: JC Photos.