Jack Milner
2 minute read
19 Feb 2019
9:20 am

Potent G1 SA Classic entry from the De Kock stable

Jack Milner

This Grade 1 race, over 1800m, will be run on the Turffontein Standside track on Saturday 2 March.

Mike de Kock might not be campaigning as many big guns as usual and, remarkably, does not have a runner in next month’s Vodacom Durban July. Picture: JC Photographics

Mike de Kock has brought out the heavy artillery in his goal to win the R2-million SA Classic.

This Grade 1 race, over 1800m, will be run on the Turffontein Standside track on Saturday 2 March.

This race forms the second leg of the SA Triple Crown with only National Park having the chance to claim the R2-million bonus for winning the Gauteng Guineas, the SA Classic and the SA Derby.

The Port Elizabeth-based son of Gimmethegreenlight, trained by Yvette Bremner, won the Guineas and is also among the entries for the SA Classic.

All three runner De Kock ran in the Gauteng Guineas – Hawwaam (2nd), Barahin (3rd) and Alyaasaat (9th) – have been entered, as well as Grade 1 Cape Guineas winner and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate runner-up Soqrat.

Only 11 runners have been nominated so at least the barrier positions will not be as relevant as they were in the Guineas, where National Park was drawn No 1 with Hawwaam at No 11 and Barahin at No 15.

This time Barahin has a plum No 2 draw with Hawwaam at No 7, while Soqrat is drawn No 2.

National Park is drawn at No 9. Sean Tarry has two improving young horses in the line-up in the form of Vontreo and Zillzaal.

Also run on the same day over the identical distance is the R1.25-million Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) which is the second leg of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.

Fillies Guineas winner Nafaayes is among the entries and the De Kock stable will be delight-ed she has landed No 1 draw.

However, even if she wins this event, De Kock feels she in unlikely to stay 2450m in the SA Oaks.

Fillies Guineas runner-up Running Brave has also been entered along with the fourth, fifth and sixth-placed runners, Ronnie’s Candy, Chitengo and Dagmar respectively.

Entries for the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 March.

ALYAASAAT (M F De Kock) 60.011 APPROACH CONTROL (C Dawson) 60.04 ATYAAB (M F De Kock) 60.02 BARAHIN (M F De Kock) 60.07 HAWWAAM (M F De Kock) 60.09 NATIONAL PARK (Y Bremner) 60.010 OWLINTHETREE (G V Woodruff) 60.03 ROLL OF DRUMS (J A Soma) 60.06 SOQRAT (M F De Kock) 60.01 VONTREO (S G Tarry) 60.05 ZILLZAAL (S G Tarry) 60.0Entries for the R1,25o,000 SA Fillies Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m on Saturday 2 March.

13 BLOSSOM (O A Ferraris) 60.011 CHITENGO (A G Laird) 60.012 DAGMAR (M F De Kock) 60.02 GREENER PASTURES (M F De Kock) 60.014 I LIKE IT (S Moffatt) 60.05 MAZARI (T Spies) 60.01 NAFAAYES (M F De Kock) 60.04 PERFECT TIGRESS (M/A Azzie) 60.03 RETURN FLIGHT (S G Tarry) 60.010 RONNIE’S CANDY (S J Gray) 60.06 RUNNING BRAVE (P F Matchett) 60.09 SECOND REQUEST (S G Tarry) 60.07 SKYE LANE (J A Soma) 60.08 STORM DESTINY (M F De Kock) 60.0

For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.