De Kock to rule Cup again


The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Robert Garner

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.

Pic­ture: Michel Bega

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.

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