South Africa is well represented this evening - Week Two of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

The South African trainers kicked off their 2007 Carnival campaign in fine style last week, Mike de Kock unveiling the very impressive South American bred Asiatic Boy who won the Dumaani Stakes (1400m, dirt) by a facile 4.75 lengths, whist Herman Brown’s Indochine won the USD110,000 Intidab Stakes over 1400m (turf).

This evening the two will campaign 5 horses a piece:

In Race 2, the USD110,000 ZAWAJ STAKES Herman Brown will be represented by Porto Tell whilst 3 other South African breds - Bianconi, Ned Kelly and Fallon will start for trainers Moore, Eddery and Mullen respectively.

In Race 3, the USD120,000 ATTIJARI PHONE CUP over 1300m, Herman Brown saddles Tiza (Goldkeeper x Mamuska) whilst Mike de Kock will campaign the evergreen 8YO (and winner of the Winter Racing Challenge) Key of Destiny (Qui Danzig x Twist of Fate). Another South African bred - National Icon (National Emblem x Royal Fields) - will race for Anthony Manuel.

The Brazilian import Corre Salta starts for Brown in Race 4 - the USD30,000 SHAHRAZADE TROPHY over 1400m, and the Team Valor owned WHISTLEDOWNTHEWIND (Al Mufti x Lone Sailor) will be sent out by De Kock. This will be Whistledownthewind’s only 4th lifetime start (and her first in Dubai), her last start in August last year.

Race 5, the USD175,000 ASIAN RACING FEDERATION STAKES (aptly named considering the Asian Racing Conference’s presence in Dubai this week) sees the Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Wilgerbosdrift Stud owned 4yo - Express Way - represent De Kock, with Great Rythmn (I’m Great - Gallo’s Girl) for Brown. GREAT RHYTHM is a 5 time winner of almost half a million Rand in prizemoney. The winner of the Gr 3 Matchem Stakes also ran 2nd in the Gr 2 Green Point Stakes and Gr 3 Winter Guineas whilst running 3rd in the Gr 1 J & B Met. Express Way, meantime, comes to Dubai having won the Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas (Group 1) and the Selangor Cup (Grade 2). In his last start before heading into quarantine he ran 4th in the Gr 1 Champions Cup.

The evening’s feature is the Group 3 USD200,000 NAJAH AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT over 1200m (dirt). The hopes of the De Kock stable will rest on Drift Ice (Western Winter x Donya). Drift Ice Local South African trainer Michael Azzie won this race 3 years ago with sprint sensation National Currency who cleaned up the field by 6.5 lengths on the line and set the race record time of 1:10:12.

In the final race of the evening, the USD110,000 TAM-WHEEL PLATE over 2000m (turf) South African is represented by both Brown and De Kock who will start Jet Express and Bennie Blue respectivel, the latter a graded stakes performer. Another South African bred Parnassus (Baroon (GB) - Belle Of Athens) will start for local trainer Ted Durcan.