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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.

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elan property group gold cup

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.

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



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



17 - 21 June 2014

Soft Falling Rain (SAF) (National Assembly) and Shea Shea (SAF) (National Emblem) will represent South Africa on Tuesday, 17 June, the opening day of this year’s Royal Ascot, UK. Mike de Kock will be hoping for a Group 1 double from his stable stars in the Queen Anne Stakes and the King’s Stand Stakes.

Soft Falling Rain runs in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over the straight mile in the first race of the meeting and is looking to banish memories of his last visit to Ascot back in 2013. On that occasion, on QIPCO British Champions Day, he was only able to finish 11th out of 12 in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes behind Olympic Glory (IRE) (Choisir).

That was his third run in Britain last season and it followed victory in the Group 2 Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket. He was also victorious three times in a row at the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival, including in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup Night.

Since defeat on British Champions Day though, Sheikh Hamdan’s charge hasn’t quite matched his form of 2013, with his two runs at the 2014 Dubai Carnival both resulting in defeat. However his run last time out, when runner-up in the Godolphin Mile on the World Cup card, has worked out well, with the winner Variety Club (SAF) (Var) going onto Group 1 glory at Sha Tin in the Group 1 Champions Mile.

If able to build upon that performance, and if the ground at Ascot remains on the quick side, then Soft Falling Rain with Paul Hanagan aboard is sure to have a chance of winning his second Group 1 and reversing last season’s form with Olympic Glory.

Sole Power (Ire) (Kyllachy) and Shea Shea, separated by a neck in that order in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes 12 months ago, will face off once again in that contest next Tuesday.

The 7-year-old Sole Power prepared for this with a win in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket May 3, but he faces a formidable foe in Shea Shea, who has finished ahead of Sole Power six times since last March. The only time Sole Power has bested Shea Shea was in the King’s Stand. Shea Shea won the Group 3 Meydan Sprint March 8, with Sole Power back in fourth, and finished third when last seen in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint March 29. Sole Power was seventh.

Sole Power was ridden to victory by Johnny Murtagh 12 months ago, but with that champion jockey now retired from the saddle to focus on training, Ryan Moore take the reins.

“Johnny was brilliant on him last year as we know and Ryan is a good jockey and gets on well with him too,” trainer Eddie Lynam told PA Sport. “I believe they are starting to water Ascot, which is a worry for Sole Power. The rain hasn’t stopped for 48 hours and they are out with the sprinklers. He’s in good form and takes his chance.”

There were 23 left in the race at yesterday’s declaration stage, including last year’s third place finisher Pearl Secret (GB) (Compton Place), and Godolphin’s Ahtoug (GB) (Byron), who split Shea Shea and the victorious Amber Sky (Aus) (Exceed and Excel) when second in the Al Quoz Sprint.

Extracts from GBI Racing/Thoroughbred Daily News



wild one - lonsdale stirrup cupWild One, Gothic and Shogunnar - Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Grade 3) / Gold Circle (p)

Greyville, Turf, 2400m
31 May 2014

A heart-stopping awkward final few strides failed to stop an impressive late burst by Scott Bros-bred Wild One as he made a winning debut for new trainer Mike de Kock in the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup at Greyville Saturday. His narrow victory over the flying Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Gothic, and Solskjaer gelding, Shogunnar, may have presented a backdoor shout for the entry into the Vodacom Durban July.

The Gavin Van Zyl-trained Shogunnar led King Neptune and Wavin’ Flag into the straight as they fanned out for the charge to the line. Wild One had been five lengths off the leaders and in touch for most of the trip and jockey Anthony Delpech took him to the inside rail for what looked a winning charge as Shogunnar continued to plug away with Vaughan Marshall-trained Gothic storming down the middle.

At the 200 marker Wild One appeared to start hanging under pressure with Delpech changing whip hands as his mount appeared to momentarily lose his momentum and falter. In a drive to the line Wild One’s hesitation almost cost him victory but he had done enough and won by a nose in a time of 152,73 secs.

Gothic made a heartening return to better form, while Shogunnar was prominent for a long way and ran a gallant race at the weights. Alexander flew late from too far back after fighting his rider and came on to share fourth cheque under a length off the winner with Wavin’ Flag, who had every chance but nothing to offer late.

The former Jeff Freedman-trained Wild One scored a shock win on debut before going on to place in the 2013 Grade 1 SA Derby, but has been a largely frustrating horse to race since those early sunshine days. He chalked up just his third career win here in his first run for the master trainer and just a week ago was considered an optimistic July entry. He probably still is, but showed that he could still at the least develop into something competitive in other features this season.

Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Grade 3)
Final Result

# Horse Jockey Trainer Kg Draw Lengths
1 WILD ONE A Delpech Mike de Kock 52.0 1 0.0
2 GOTHIC *D Dillon Vaughan Marshall 54.5 3 0.1
3 SHOGUNNAR K Shea Gavin van Zyl 59.5 11 0.1
4 WAVIN’ FLAG G Hatt Brett Crawford 53.0 2 0.9
5 ALEXANDER K de Melo Glen Kotzen 52.0 9 0.9
6 NO WORRIES S Randolph Gavin van Zyl 60.0 14 2.8
7 GREAT RUMPUS M Yeni Frank Robinson 53.5 7 3.1
8 GONE BABY GONE J Mariba Mike de Kock 52.0 10 3.3
9 JEPPE’S REEF G van Niekerk Mike Bass 58.0 5 3.5
10 KING NEPTUNE S Veale Dennis Drier 52.5 8 4.8
11 TRUE MASTER A Mgudlwa Justin Snaith 55.5 12 5.5
12 BARACAH B Nyawo Sean Tarry 57.5 6 6.8
13 ETON MESS I Sturgeon Ivan Moore 54.5 4 8.2
14 TRESCO S Khumalo Sean Tarry 52.0 13 13.0

Extracts from Sporting Post

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