De Kock to rule Cup again
MEGABUCKS: TAB PICK 6 POOL ON THE SUMMER CUP MAY REACH R20 MILLION!
Something for everybody at the Cup extravaganza at Turffontein tomorrow.
The R2-million Gauteng Summer Cup gallops into town tomorrow and Turffontein Racecourse is going to rock from midday until late into the night. The Cup is billed as the People’s Race and there will be something for everybody at tomorrow’s extravaganza – ranging from a carnival, drum majorettes and a field band to the electric excitement of horseracing and the chance to win more cash than you know what to do with through the Festive Season.
There are two TAB carryovers and both will be explosive. The Pick 6 starts with a mega R5-million boost and that add-in plus the hype of Joburg’s greatest horseracing event, should see the pool total rocket towards the R20-million mark. That’s huge money so if you fancy your chances of picking the winning numbers from races four through nine, be sure to have a go. Play the bet at the track or any TAB.
And those who pick the first four to finish in the Cup should also collect a pile of cash. The TAB Quartet pool on the race kicks off with a R2-million carry-over, which should propel the pool total towards the R10-million mark.
The Cup, presented by Bidvest and this year named in honour of popular owner-breeder Chris Gerber who passed away last year, is set to start at 4.30pm.
Like the Dubai World Cup, the world’s
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richest race, it will be ushered in by a “half-time” show headlined by Afro-fusion band Freshly Ground, whose rendition of Waka Waka with Colombian superstar Shakira back in 2010 made them internationally famous.
Trainer Mike de Kock, the Cup “King”, dominates this year’s event that traces its origins back to 1887. De Kock first won the race as a baby-faced youngster with Evening Mist back in 1989 and he’s won it another eight times since. He will saddle five of the 20 runners and two of them tower above the field in class – Soqrat and Barahin, who currently top betting boards at 28/10 and 3/1 respectively with stablemate Queen Supreme at 7/1 after being priced up at double those odds.
Another De Kock runner Cascapedia, a close third last year, is next at 14/1 with trainer Sean Tarry’s promising charge Al Mutawakel and the current odds illustrate De Kock’s likely monopoly on the outcome.
That said big weights over the tough Turffontein 2 000m are the chinks in Soqrat and Barahin’s armour, while Irish import Supreme Queen has the makings of a star but is yet to prove it.
So a De Kock victory is not a foregone conclusion and if you want value, go win and place on Durban raider Roy Had Enough. There are TAB Place payouts for the first six home and Soqrat and Roy Had Enough are close on some form.
But class should count when it matters and Barahin looks the right one to add another chapter to De Kock’s incredible Summer Cup journey. Cape Town jockey Bernard Fay’herbe reunites with Barahin tomorrow and he has a flawless record on the colt, three rides yielding three wins.
NUMBER ONE. Groom Talkmore Masawi poses with Barahin at the Mike de Kock stables at the North Rand Training Centre in Randjesfontein this week ahead of tomorrow’s Gauteng Summer Cup at Turffontein Racecourse. See News Page 8.