De Kock’s No­ble Se­cret re­turns


THE Vaal stages a ten race meet­ing to­mor­row and the high­light will be a Progress Plate over 1 200m for three-year-olds, which has at­tracted some classy sorts. Mike de Kock must have one of his most pow­er­ful ever crop of three-year-olds and this race sees the re­turn of the ex­cit­ing Dy­nasty colt No­ble Se­cret. He showed an ef­fort­less turn of foot on de­but over this course and dis­tance and with Ran­dall Si­mons look­ing over his shoul­der saun­tered to a 9,25 length vic­tory.

He was ac­corded a merit rat­ing of 88, which he will surely rise above in time.

Si­mons has been given the ride again and al­though No­ble Se­cret has not run for 119 days his class will give him a good chance.

The of­fi­cially best weighted horse is the Mike Azzie-trained Down To Zero, who showed pace through­out when win­ning a Maiden Ju­ve­nile Plate over 1 200m by a com­fort­able mar­gin in June.

He had the classy Sur­charge beaten in that race and will ap­pre­ci­ate the step back to this trip, hav­ing been well beaten in the Grade 2 Golden Horse­shoe over 1 400m in July. Rebel’s Champ looks to have the beat­ing of the top weight So Var on pa­per, al­though it could be a dif­fer­ent story at the races.

Rebel’s Champ was beaten 1,5 lengths by So Var over 1 160m in June and is now 5,5kg bet­ter off.

How­ever, So Var sub­se­quently beat the classy Al­folk, de­spite giv­ing him 2kg, and was then run­ner up to another classy sprinter in Al Mari­achi, whom he also gave 2kg.

The con­cern is that he made a breath­ing noise in his come­back run last month, so Rebel’s Champ is given the nod for third.

Rebel’s Champ

Rebel’s Champ made a fair come­back against older horses two months ago over 1160m and has sub­se­quently been gelded. Another in­ter­est­ing run­ner hav­ing his first out­ing since geld­ing is Pin­na­cle Peak from the Dor­rie Sham yard as he ran two de­cent 1 000m races in his first two starts in Port El­iz­a­beth.

The De Kock ma­chine should also win the fourth race over 1 200m with Afdeek.

He was a touch un­lucky on de­but over this trip as the win­ner crossed his path at a cru­cial stage.

He does not have a lot to beat and should have im­proved with that run.

The three Pick 6 legs fol­low­ing the Progress Plate are all fil­lies and mares hand­i­caps and pun­ters will have their work cut out get­ting through the ex­otics.

How­ever, De Kock could pos­si­bly claim a quick hat­trick in the sixth race over 1 200m with Ra­jasthani Queen.

She is not an im­pos­ing sort, but ran on well to win over 1 000m on de­but and the horse she beat, Schip­pers, then went close next time out over 1 160m.

Ra­jasthani Queen was ac­corded a rea­son­able merit rat­ing of 76 and will ap­pre­ci­ate the extra 200m.

The top­weight Momo is by Ideal World so should be com­ing into her own as a four-year-old. In her last two runs she was widely drawn at the Turf­fontein In­side track so can be for­given those runs. She has been dropped two merit rated points and can bounce back and go close. Kung­foofight­ing went close on her Highveld de­but and al­though raised four points for that run she has to be con­sid­ered along with her sta­ble­mate An Air Of Suc­cess and Amoretta, who lost her jockey last time but be­fore that won her maiden in good style and runs off a mere 61 merit rat­ing for the in-form Paul Peter yard.

In the sev­enth race over 1 000m the Dor­rie Sham-trained Lawdy Miss Clawdy could be the one hav­ing also made a fine Highveld de­but.

She fin­ished close up to two use­ful sprint­ers in Shiv­er­ing Sea and Mrs. O. Sham’s reg­u­lar jockey Ray­mond Daniel­son is aboard Singing In Seat­tle, who beat Lawdy Miss Clawdy the last time they met in Port El­iz­a­beth and faces her on the same terms. How­ever, she has not had the ben­e­fit of a run on the Highveld yet.

Twelve Oaks

Those two could be split by Twelve Oaks, whose best form ap­pears to be over this trip and she can use her long stride to run past horses late.

The eighth over 1 400m could also go to the top­weight, Isolde. The Sean Tarry yard have had a rare dry spell lately, but such is his pro­fes­sion­al­ism they are sure to bounce back. This mare is by Sil­vano so should be com­ing into her own as a five-year-old. Fur­ther­more, she runs well fresh and this is her ideal trip.

Prom­ise looks promis­ing and passed her acid test by plac­ing first time out the maid­ens hav­ing won on de­but.

Polly Wolly Doo­dle made a crack­ing come­back over the too sharp 1 200m, so should be in­volved.

All Over The World once looked a fair sort in the mak­ing so can sur­prise now that her merit rat­ing has dropped to a lowly 63.

Leop­ard Lily has a fine turn of foot when things go her way and she has dropped to an at­trac­tive merit rat­ing so could also be in­volved with Stry­dom up.

Wrap It Up can’t be ig­nored.

The Ku­maran Naidoo-trained ROYAL KAITRINA runs at the Vaal to­mor­row in the sixth with Serino Mood­ley in the irons.

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