Jack Milner
2 minute read
8 Mar 2017
6:21 am

Persian Rug finally realising her potential

Jack Milner

Not only has she won a race, but her good form over the distance has continued.

Persian Rug, ridden by Weichong Marwing, holds on well to beat Fly Phillippa (Muzi Yeni) at Turffontein in May last year. Mike de Kock’s charge will be competing in Race 4 at Scottsville today and looks the stand-out bet on the card.

Mike de Kock has always believed Persian Rug was looking for a bit of ground and now, as a four-year-old, this daughter of Ideal World is proving him right.

It has taken until 2017 for her to finally win a race over 2000m when she cruised to victory on the Greyville Polytrack in January, beating Killer Woman by 2.25 lengths.

Not only has she won a race, but her good form over the distance has continued. She cast a shoe and hurt herself in her next start over the same course and distance but then ran a 2000m race on the Greyville turf track where she was a fast-finishing runner-up behind Celtic Captain in the umThombothi Stakes (Non-Black Type).

She took on the colts on that occasion and the winner, who beat her 0.50 lengths, went off as the 8-10 favourite.

Persian Rug returns to Scottsville today where she will race against her own sex in Race 4 a FM 94 Handicap, this time over 1950m.

One has to go back almost two years to find the only time she raced at this course but it proved to be a winning visit in which she beat Lauderdale by 1.75 lengths over 1400m.

The runner-up then reversed the form in their next meeting which was in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m at Greyville, beating De Kock’s charge by 0.50 lengths although Persian Rug had a wide draw.

Anthony Delpech could have taken either of Dean Kannemeyer’s runners but he has selected to ride Persian Rug.

Princess Varunya was also a promising three-year-old and trainer Kom Naidoo brought her to Turffontein last year to contest the Triple Tiara. Her best run was a 2.05-length fourth behind Juxtapose in the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic and she has not won a race since.

She has been getting better and with a small merit rating drop and an apprentice allowance of 1.5kg, the Australian-bred daughter of High Chaparral looks the main threat to Persian Rug.

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