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*De Kock has withdrawn early favourites Janoobee (no race beforehand) and Jubilee Line (injured) from the Vaal Grand Heritage.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.

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