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Mike de Kock reported on Monday that Sparkling Water was ‘sounds as a bell’ after her disappointing run in Saturday’s G1 Betway Summer Cup.

The popular 2022 Durban July winner was strongly fancied for a major-race double, but she turned in an effort considered several lengths below her best, finishing 5.75-lengths off the winner, Puerto Manzano.

“I have zero explanation for Sparkling Water’s run and I won’t try to analyse it,” De Kock said. “She was eating up on Sunday, she scoped clean and fully sound. We’ll put this run behind us and look foward to her next runs.”

Sparkling Water will be leaving for Cape Town on Tuesday.