Victoria’s class act: De Kock-pair could also give punters some pleasure
One filly who made her debut on so going – winning by 2.5 lengths – is Victoria Paige.
It was initially feared that financial constraints would see Flamingo Park’s dust settling forever.
A couple of three-year-olds who seem to have some potential will take on their more experienced elders in Race 5 at the Vaal on Tuesday.
This is her third run after a lay- off so she should be in peak condition and is undoubtedly the runner to beat.
There is also a question over her ability to stay against some of the best in the country but she has just 52kg to carry and Callan Murray knows her well.
The main attraction on the day is Race 7, a MR 96 Handicap sprint over 1000m where Aristachu should have the measure over his rivals.

Get rich with the Summer Cup

Horses from the De Kock yard occupy the first four spots on the betting boards, with Soqrat and Barahin joint-favourites at 28-10 with Betting World.

Terrance Millard, the master horseman with just a smidgeon of luck

Terrance Millard, the master horseman with just a smidgeon of luck

Late revered racehorse trainer Terrance Millard claimed the secret of his success was luck – and that good racehorses simply ‘found’ him.

With Hawwaam out, Tarry’s charge holds all the aces

That form is against the best in the country and as he is the best-handicapped runner by at least 2.5kg, this four-year-old son of Pomodoro looks impossible to oppose.

Two races in one? De Kock duo, then the rest

Two races in one? De Kock duo, then the rest

The first thing racing fans noticed about the final field for the Gauteng Summer Cup announced on Tuesday was the vast gap in class between the two runners at the top of the card and the other 18 hopefuls.

De Kock, Tarry runners dominate entries for the Dingaans

This year’s Dingaans has seen a strong entry from both Mike de Kock and Sean Tarry and it comes as no surprise that runners from those two yards dominate the being.

Ikigai to defy the odds

He will probably enjoy a return to this distance and racing around the turn. He also has the services of Piere Strydom for the first time and from a good draw, looks the runner to beat.

Muzi Yeni has his Siya moment

Muzi Yeni has his Siya moment

Kolisi’s work is done, of course. Yeni faces his destiny at Turffontein on Saturday 16 November.

Turmoil in the streets spills onto the turf in Hong Kong

Violent protests that have shaken the enclave over the past five months have just got a lot worse – to the extent that the Hong Kong Jockey Club was forced to cancel Wednesday’s meeting at Happy Valley.

Start key for Hawwaam

De Kock has a trip to Cape Town, culminating in a quest to win the Sun Met over 2000m, in mind for Hawwaam but has said he aims to do all the preparation work in Johannesburg.

Golden week of wins for Williams

Freedman said such a masterclass ride from a world-class jockey like Williams made all the difference when the stakes are high.

Eightfolds lass: Must overcome top weight and widest draw

On the Inside track, Seattle Force, trained by Stuart Pettigrew, is unbeaten while Tirzan has never recorded a victory on tomorrow’s racing surface.

Soqrat brings shine to the Vaal

Soqrat brings shine to the Vaal

The Vaal gets a rare Saturday race meeting this week, with the prestigious Grade 3 Victory Moon Stakes and the Listed Gardenia Stakes switched from Turffontein to the riverside course to spice up the new Vaal Tri Festivaal.

Sheiks could battle it out for victory in Victory Moon

De Kock is quite confident his charge will see out 1800m and the one run Soqrat had over this distance backs him up.

Desolate Road looks too good

Talented Desolate Road hasn’t won for almost a year but looks set to end that unfortunate streak when he takes a drop in class at the Greyville Polytrack on Wednesday.


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