Hopes are high for Tayba to win Emerald Cup

No filly or mare has ever won the R600 000 Emerald Cup, but Mathew de Kock believes Tayba could change all that at the Vaal Racecourse tomorrow afternoon.

Champion trainer Mike de Kock Tayba has always regarded Tayba as a talented filly but she has taken a while to shine.

Only since she was tried out on the Vaal sand-track has Tayba started to perform, and she is unbeaten in three starts on the Vaal sand, the course on which the Grade 2 Emerald Cup will be run.

The major concern is that she has yet to show form beyond

1 200 metres and this event is run over 1 450 metres, says Mathew De Kock.

Tayba is owned by Dubai-based Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and will be ridden by apprentice Julius Mariba.

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