Four-times Vodacom Durban July-winning trainer Mike de Kock runs the two-time Gr1-winning three-year-old filly Majmu and the Gr1 SA Oaks winner Pine Princess in the big one on Saturday and has a few other chances on the day.
You have to take your hats off to the KZN Breeders Club. Undeterred by an unprecedented de-listing of all stakes accruing from their enterprising race programme by the National Horse Racing Authority (NHRA) just over a year ago, they've laid on yet another big day of racing for this weekend, topped by the Breeders' Million Mile.
By the conclusion of the Royal Ascot Festival, he had compiled a post-war record of 9 individual victories, eclipsing even the formidable likes of Lestor Piggot, Detorri himself, Pat Eddery and Johnny Murtagh, and prompting his new employers, Coolmore, to proclaim the reluctant star the best they've ever had.
Timing is everything in racing, and the latest masters (or should we say "mistress") of the art is Gaynor Rupert's Drakenstein Stud: they got it right when they snatched the present log leader, Trippi, from under the noses of the Americans, and they've done it again with Duke Of Marmalade, sire on Sunday of the victress of the Prix de Diane Longines (the French Oaks).
In the much-vaunted clash between Able Friend and Solow, which kicked off the Royal meeting in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1), it may have been worth giving some airtime to the other contenders, whose claim to being there had been virtually ignored in the media scrum that surrounded the two headliners.
The trainer's giant hand clapped his star pupil on the neck as he crossed, as if to say, "My work is done, it's all up to you now." A little over 24 hours later, Frankel completed his 14th straight victory and bade farewell to his adoring fans in a blaze of publicity on Ascot's Champions Day. Make that Champion's Day, for there was only one that day.
We've said it before, but its worth recalling that the Royal meeting at Ascot, was the idea 304 years ago, of Queen Anne. It is without peer the best sporting idea the English ever had, and while the Aussies rightfully claim that the Melbourne Cup is "the race that stops the nation", this week at Ascot "stops the world".