gypsy's warning (michael nefdt)KwaZulu Natal-bred Gypsy’s Warning
Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic Champion 2009
(Photos : Team Valor/Summerhill)

The world’s eyes were on Dubai this weekend, but South Africans were torn in where to fix their focus. Phumelela were celebrating one of two pinnacles in their autumn season with six Graded Stakes races on the menu, while the richest meeting in the world was spewing out surprise after surprise, which had parallels only in the tipping rain which preceded the meeting by a day and a half.

The Dubai World Cup might well have been one of Mike de Kock’s more “ordinary” days at the office, but such is the man and his team that they still produced the winner of South Africa’s richest race for three year olds, when Bridget Oppenheimer’s Forest Path, got home in a stirring tussle for the R2million SA Classic (Gr.1). As if to emphasize the growing “internationalism” of our racing, America’s Team Valor ran off with the spoils in the Fillies’ equivalent, albeit with the KwaZulu Natal-bred Gypsy’s Warning.