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Sunday
Aug172014

SOFT FALLING RAIN TO STAND STUD IN SOUTH AFRICA

soft falling rainSoft Falling Rain / Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins (p)

SOFT FALLING RAIN
National Assembly (CAN) - Gardener’s Delight (USA)

South African-bred international Group winner Soft Falling Rain has been secured for stud by Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Farm. The lightly-raced five-year-old will be returning to South Africa shortly to take up stallion duties.

Mike de Kock said on Thursday that Soft Falling Rain will be syndicated and that his original owner, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, will be retaining a share following a deal brokered by Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock.

Mike commented: “This is a coup for the South African breeding industry. Soft Falling Rain was a world class sprinter-miler and will bring a valuable pedigree, remarkable versatility and true international quality to our community of breeders. Soft Falling Rain has been doing plenty of travelling which is not ideal for a horse of this calibre competing at the highest level. It takes its toll. This is the right time to have retired him. That Sheikh Hamdan has kept a share is most encouraging. He will support Soft Falling Rain with some of his top broodmares. Wilgerbosdrift, too, has a terrific broodmare band.”

Soft Falling Rain was bred at Highlands Farm. He is by National Assembly from Gardener’s Delight (Giant’s Causeway) and was a R350,000 yearling at the inaugural Cape Yearling Sale in 2011, purchased for Sheikh Hamdan by Angus Gold and Form Bloodstock.

Soft Falling Rain was successful on three continents. He won seven of 13 starts - on turf and all-weather tracks - and was placed twice for career earnings of approximately ZAR13-million. As a two-year-old, he won the 2012 Grade 1 SA Nursery over 1200m at Turffontein by four lengths. Exported to Dubai, his three-year-old career produced wins in the 2013 Grade 3 UAE 2000 Guineas and the Grade 2 Godolphin Mile, both over 1600m.

As an early four-year-old, Soft Falling Rain proved a class above his opposition in the Grade 2 Nayef Joel Stakes, beating Montridge by 3.75-lengths over the Newmarket Mile. He returned to Dubai to defend the Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup Day in March 2014 and finished a gallant second to his supremely accomplished stablemate Variety Club.

Soft Falling Rain was shipped back to the UK to contest what would be his final race, the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over 1600m at Royal Ascot last June. Despite an interrupted preparation, he gave a good account of himself finishing only 4 lengths off Toronado, just running out of steam late in the race.

Soft Falling Rain had a highest career rating of 122 following his Group 2 win in the UK. He goes to stud with a final rating of 120.

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

Thursday
Aug142014

MIKE DE KOCK'S KOSAVA BELLOWS ON DEBUT

kosava and warren kennedyKosava - 2013 Summerhill Ready To Run Graduate / Gold Circle (p)

KOSAVA
2013 SUMMERHILL READY TO RUN GRADUATE

KOSAVA
Kahal (GB) - Nordic Air by Northern Guest (USA)
3 Year-Old Bay Filly

Owners : Summerhill Stud Syndicate (Nom: Mr M J B Goss)
Trainer : Mike de Kock
Jockey : Warren Kennedy
Breeder : Summerhill Stud

KOSAVA is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2013 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

DUNCAN HOWELLS RACING STABLES MAIDEN PLATE (F & M)
For Maiden Fillies and Mares
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
13 August 2014

# Horse Jockey Trainer Kg Draw Lengths
1 KOSAVA W Kennedy Mike de Kock 58.0 4 0.0
2 PEARL EMBLEM S Cormack Paul Lafferty 58.0 3 4.5
3 KADEZE B Lerena Tony Rivalland 58.0 8 5.5
4 STYLISH VISION * C Murray (4.0) Charles Laird 58.0 5 5.6
5 NICE LIKE THAT S Randolph Kumaran Naidoo 60.0 7 5.7
6 SURFING BELLE A Marcus Dennis Bosch 58.0 13 10.9
7 LEOPARD LILY K Shea Duncan Howells 58.0 2 11.4
8 GRACIOUS GRACE A Forbes Chris Erasmus 60.0 11 12.9
9 BEE BEE BONNET S Veale Des Egdes 58.0 1 14.2
10 HALLOWEEN NIGHT W Marwing Robbie Hill 58.0 10 15.7
11 RAAT KI RANI * T Godden (4.0) Kumaran Naidoo 60.0 6 16.5
12 FIELD CAT K de Melo Mike Pappas 60.0 12 16.5
13 MISS JUYA I Sturgeon Des Egdes 58.0 9 18.0

summerhill stud

Enquiries :
Tarryn Liebenberg +27 (0) 83 787 1982
or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za
www.summerhill.co.za

Thursday
Jul312014

"IN ANY OTHER YEAR, HE WOULD'VE WON THE DERBY"

golden swordGolden Sword / Andrew Watkins (p)

HE WAS BRED FOR THE JOB, AND NOW HE’S DELIVERING THE GOODS

We didn’t say that, a legend did. But it’s a fact that the horse that beat Golden Sword in the Derby, was the sire of the winner of England’s greatest weight-for-age race on Saturday. It’s also a fact that Golden Sword covered a royal book of mares, from the “Royalty” of breeding, in his first two seasons, and his first foals are the talk of better judges than ourselves.

summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :
Linda Norval 27 (0) 33 263 1081
or email linda@summerhill.co.za
www.summerhill.co.za

Friday
Jul252014

ELAN PROPERTY GROUP GOLD CUP : HORSERACING'S MARATHON

elan property group gold cup

ELAN PROPERTY GROUP GOLD CUP (Grade 1)
Greyville, Turf, 3200m
26 July 2014

David ThiseltonDavid Thiselton
Gold Circle
The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Hot Ticket is favoured to win his first Group 1 race in Saturday’s eLan Property Group Gold Cup at Greyville.

Hot Ticket is the only one of Kannemeyer’s team of three horses entered for the Champions meeting that is not a Grade 1 winner but the trainer expects that to change in Saturday’s 3200m feature.

“He came through his win in the Gold Vase very well. He has been moving very well, very freely, and has thrived in Durban,” Kannemeyer said. “He has been giving Karl Neisius a good feel and is in top shape. He has earned his stripes by winning some of the biggest staying races in the country. It is tough to carry 60kg over 3200m, but he is only maturing now and has ended up being one of the biggest horses in the yard.”

Hot Ticket won the Grade 2 Gold Vase under the topweight over 3000m on Vodacom Durban July day.

Kannemeyer’s unbeaten colt Afrikaburn impressed with his win on July day in the Grade 1 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m and is drawn in pole position in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m on Saturday.

The yard’s stalwart three-time Grade 1 winner Capetown Noir runs in the Grade 1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup with the blinkers removed as he over raced in the Durban July.

“He is a brilliant miler and is in great shape, so if he puts his best foot forward is a lively runner although he has a tricky draw,” Kannemeyer said.

Mike de Kock has two runners in the Gold Cup and can’t separate Wild One and Canterbury Tale despite stable jockey Anthony Delpech electing to ride Wild One.

“They are a similar type of horse and will both relish the trip, so I don’t have a preference. They are both very well,” De Kock said.

Canterbury Tale showed that he as an out and out stayer in last year’s Gold Cup, when staying on strongly for third. He is only two points higher in the merit ratings this year but carries the same weight of 54kg. Earlier last season he won the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over 3200m at Turffontein and looks to have had a perfect preparation this year as this will be his third run after a seven month layoff. However he is drawn 15 of the 16 runners but does have a top class jockey Weichong Marwing aboard.

Wild One looks potentially well handicapped with 53,5kg. He gave his passionate owner Sean Phillips his first Graded race success when winning the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over 2400m at Greyville in May and followed that run with a third to Hot Ticket in the Grade 2 Gold Bowl over 3000m on Durban July day. He is 0,5kg better off with Hot Ticket but has to jump from the widest draw of all.

De Kock has a strong hand in the two Grade 1 two-year-old races with five runners in total. He runs the Grade 1 Allan Robertson winner Alboran Sea as well as Pine Princess in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m for two-year-old fillies.

Alboran Sea jumped tardily last time out in the Grade 1 Zulu Kingdom Golden Slipper over 1400m but looked the winner when bursting into the lead late, only to be caught near the line by the outsider Bilateral. Pine Princess was drawn wide in the Golden Slipper, but stayed on well from a handy position for a 0,75 length third.

“Pine Princess will relish the step up in trip. It might be the top end of Alboran Sea’s range because she has tremendous speed, but that might be an asset because on pedigree she will get the trip on her head,” De Kock said.

Delpech replaces Muzi Yeni on Alboran Sea and Bernard Fayd’Herbe goes on to Pine Princess.

De Kock’s pair Anjaal and Jayyed had jarred up from their July day runs where they finished within a short-head of each other in fourth and fifth in the Grade 1 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m. Mootahadee is his third runner and shouldn’t be underestimated as he finished close up to older horses over 1400m on the Greyville polytrack last time when running off an official merit rating of 84.

“All three will be decent horses in time to come and all are doing well. In the long term the maiden Jayyed might be the best of them,” De Kock said.

ELAN PROPERTY GROUP GOLD CUP (Grade 1)
Final Field

# Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 HOT TICKET 60.0 112 6 K Neisius Dean Kannemeyer
2 RUN FOR IT 57.5 106 5 S Cormack Justin Snaith
3 PADDY O’REILLY 57.5 105 2 B Fayd’Herbe Mike Stewart
4 SHOGUNNAR 57.5 105 3 K de Melo Gavin van Zyl
5 GOLD ONYX 57.0 104 16 P Strydom Sean Tarry
6 MASTER SABINA 56.5 104 4 A Marcus Geoff Woodruff
7 JEPPE’S REEF 55.0 98 13 G van Niekerk Mike Bass
8 CROWN OF GOLD 54.5 97 14 K Shea Tara Laing
9 CANTERBURY TALE 54.0 95 18 W Marwing Mike de Kock
10 SERISSA 53.5 95 10 S Khumalo Sean Tarry
11 GOTHIC 53.5 94 1 M Byleveld Vaughan Marshall
12 WILD ONE 53.5 94 19 A Delpech Mike de Kock
13 WAVIN’ FLAG 53.0 93 8 G Hatt Brett Crawford
14 ASH CLOUD 52.5 97 15 S Veale Weiho Marwing
15 ALEXANDER 52.5 92 9 M Yeni Glen Kotzen
16 MAGIC SMOKE 52.0 89 17 R Danielson Mike Azzie
  Reserve Runners          
17 SAVAGE WIND 52.0 82 7 Reserve 1 Joe Soma
18 SKY RISE 52.0 82 11 Reserve 2 Weiho Marwing
19 DANCING CLUB 52.0 68 12 Reserve 3 Terry Lowe

Extract from Racing & Sports

Saturday
Jun212014

MDK'S ROYAL ASCOT HIGHS AND LOWS

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Racing Manager John WarrenHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Racing Manager John Warren / The Telegraph (p)

“I thought that someone was playing a joke on me but it turned out to be true.”
- Mike de Kock

“Better luck next time, we’ll come back and try again!” That’s really all that stables beaten at the world’s most exclusive race meeting can say when coming away also-rans, but there’s nothing but honour in defeat at Royal Ascot. The privilege of competing there over-rides disappointing results.

Mike de Kock, his connections and the many supporters of Soft Falling Rain and Shea Shea were understandably downhearted after the South African pair had failed to make the frame in respective Group 1 races on the first day of the 2014 Royal Ascot Festival Tuesday. Success on the hallowed Royal Ascot turf will remain a dream for now, but there’s always another day and Mike and his team will live to see it.

Soft Falling Rain raced well in contention until the closing stages of the Queen Anne Stakes over 1600m, looking threatening for a while before running out of steam to finish sixth, four lengths behind the well-fancied favourite Toronado. Shea Shea ran well below his best form in the King’s Stand Stakes over 1000m. Under pressure to challenge fully 500m out, he never got into the hunt and was beaten around six lengths by his old rival Sole Power, who racked up a back-to-back double in this fifth leg of the 2014 Global Sprint Championship.

Mike and jockey Christophe Soumillon were puzzled by Shea Shea’s effort - he failed by the proverbial whisker when Sole Power flew up to nab him on the line last year and judged on his good preparation before this year’s renewal he was at more or less the same level of form and in with a big chance of turning the tables.

Mike reported, however, that Shea Shea started coughing badly about half an hour after the race and said: “This goes some way to explaining this run and we will be keeping a close eye on him.”

He was happy with Soft Falling Rain’s performance, saying: “As noted, he didn’t have an ideal preparation at all, he ran a temperature and as a result we lost 10 days of work which is vital at this level. Considering this he put up a credible showing. We’ll see how he pulls up and look at our options; there are no firm plans for his next race.”

Mike’s day took a surprising turn when he was notified by Ascot Management that Queen Elizabeth had personally extended an invitation to her Royal Suite. Her Majesty was apparently keen to meet South Africa’s globetrotting trainer.

Mike related: “I thought that someone was playing a joke on me but it turned out to be true. I was escorted to the Royal Box where Queen Elizabeth was enjoying the day in the company of her racing manager John Warren and Ascot Patron Johnny Wetherby.

“What a privilege. Her Majesty was welcoming and extremely friendly and being acquainted with Bernard Kantor and familiar with his Investec Derby race day she was well up to date with South African racing and our quarantine problems. She had sympathy with our plight, shared her views and we spoke for about 15 minutes. She is smaller in stature than I’d thought, she was chatty and very polite and I left quite amazed at the honour of meeting her unexpectedly.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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