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Christophe Soumillon wins the Gr 1 Schweppes Majorca Stakes on the Mike de Kock-trained Desert Miracle (Picture: Wayne Marks).

 Durban July

Mike de Kock has confirmed Christophe Soumillon will be riding Safe Passage in the G1 Hollywoodbets Durban July on Saturday, 1 July. He will also be engaged for Desert Miracle in the G1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes.

A potent combination around the world, Mike and Christophe last partnered on Met Day 2023 when Desert Miracle won the G1 Schweppes Majorca Stakes.

“Christophe will be jetting in on Friday, June, and back out again after races on Saturday. He will be looking for a few other plum rides. We hope to have another ride or two available earlier in the day,” said Mike.

Soumillon showed on WSB Met day at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth why he is regarded as one of the world’s most naturally talented riders.

The 42-year-old Belgian is a ten-times champion jockey in France and is known for his sublime balance and superb hands.

Indeed, he settled Desert Miracle beautifully in the Majorca before producing her at just the right time to win.

He also won two other races on the day, including a Listed event.

It is a thing of beauty to watch Soumillon in action and what he brings to the table will compensate for his lack of experience of the tight horseshoe-shaped Hollywoodbets Greyville racetrack.

There will not be many criticising the connections’ decision to engage him.

Safe Passage is a four-year-old Drakenstein Stud-homebred by the late Silvano.

He will be out to become the sixth July winner by Silvano, who is the most successful sire in July history.

He will also be out to become De Kock’s sixth July winner.