Sum­mer field is fi­nalised

DEBU­TANTE: WATCH THE BET­TING ON DE KOCK’S FIRST-TIMER, BACK HIS OTHER 3 RUN­NERS

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - Nicci Garner

Take TAB Ex­ac­tas and Swingers Afdeek and Pre­mier Show in Race 4.

Trainer Mike de Kock’s horses are in red-hot form at the mo­ment and the sta­ble cel­e­brated eight home-based win­ners last week, four last Satur­day. There is no rea­son to sup­pose their mo­men­tum is go­ing to slow down and they could en­joy an­other good meet­ing at the Vaal to­mor­row.

Rac­ing takes place on the Out­side track and all the races will be run on the straight course.

Four De Kock horses will be sent to the coun­try race­course for the meet­ing, one of them a first-timer – Grab The Gavel, a R260,000 Fort Wood filly who is co-owned by her trainer. Watch the bet­ting.

His other three horses all have win­ning claims and, al­though they are likely to start near the top of the bet­ting, they look worth back­ing for Win bets.

In Race 4, a 1200m Maiden Plate, Afdeek could go one bet­ter on his promis­ing de­but. He drifted in the bet­ting that day but only failed by a neck against The Tin Man over 1200m on the In­side track here. Six of his ri­vals have run since with­out frank­ing the form, but that should not de­ter back­ers.

It is worth not­ing The Tin Man runs in Race 9 at the same meet­ing. His prospects will im­prove if Afdeek runs well.

Afdeek’s main ri­val looks to be Pre­mier Show, who has fin­ished third in his last three of four ca­reer starts. Take the Ex­ac­tas and Swingers.

Next up for the De Kocks could be Noble Se­cret in the main race of the af­ter­noon, a Progress Plate over 1200m.

Noble Se­cret steps up in class, hav­ing won his de­but. He raced greenly and was in­jured in that 1200m race at this track but still cruised away to win by 9.25 lengths. With one win­ner from four starters among his ri­vals that day, the form is look­ing pretty hot. The only rea­son he does not rank a banker is that he has not run since that 20 July event and a few of th­ese run­ners have race fit­ness on their side.

Rebel’s Champ, So Var and Port Elizabeth trainer Dor­rie Sham’s three run­ners, Pin­na­cle Peak, Bat­tle Creek and Dor­man, might be the right ones for Tri­fec­tas and Quar­tets.

Yet an­other de­but win­ner rep­re­sents De Kock in Race 6 over 1200m – Ra­jasthani Queen. This Greys Inn filly, who is owned by De Kock’s wife Diane, took off late and beat Schip­pers by a neck over 1000m on the In­side track here last month.

KwaZulu-Natal raider Royal Kait­rina and Sham-trained Kung­foofight­ing could fight it out for sec­ond, and in­clude other horses for Tri­fecta and Quar­tet bets.

BIG CHANCE. Noble Se­cret steps up in class af­ter win­ning on de­but on 20 July but looks set to win again in a Progress Plate at the Vaal to­mor­row.

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