Irish Flame - Daily News 2000 (Grade 1)
(Photo : Gold Circle)
MIKE DE KOCK
“THE MAN EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW”
Many things have been written about Mike de Kock, so when he boots home first and second in a Group One, we take it rather matter-of-factly. This was the case in the Daily News 2000 on Saturday, it hardly warranted a mention. Nor did it dawn on too many, that in that instant, de Kock had pretty much sewn up the Trainers title for 2010.
Considering that many of his best are campaigning abroad, the achievement is magnified, and credence is given to those who say he is the best at his profession in the world. When the crowd pressed on the Greyville Winners Box as Irish Flame and Bold Silvano returned to scale, one tough cookie yells in a Benoni accent “If ever I get a good one, this man has to train it”. You wonder what de Kock ever did to deserve this!
He’s the man everyone wants to know. He seems to have become the idol of the social set to which he never belonged, and to which, you suspect, he would never want to belong. He doesn’t conform. He can’t; he wasn’t born like the rest of us.
SOUTH AFRICAN TRAINERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1 August 2009 - 6 June 2010
|Trainer||Stakes (ZAR)||Runs||Wins||Win %||Stks/Runs (ZAR)|
|MIKE DE KOCK||16,061,837||618||129||21%||25,990|