Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
19 Nov 2019
5:23 pm

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

Mike Moon

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.

Barahin, left, pips Soqrat in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe at Greyville. Picture: Gold Circle

These two horses, Soqrat and Barahin, both trained by Mike de Kock, have merit ratings of 133 and 131 respectively and will carry 60kg and 59kg – as dictated by conditions of the race to be run at Turffontein on 30 November. The next horse in the ratings is Infamous Fox – at 119 MR points and carrying 53.5kg. Ideally, in a clash of the titans that Joburg’s most prestigious race aspires to be, an allocation of 53.5kg would be at the bottom of the handicap not at No 3. Add in that about half the field for the R2-million...