Mahubo wins the Meydan Freezone for Mike de Kock in Dubai
Mahubo wins the Meydan Freezone for Mike de Kock in Dubai

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MEYDAN FREEZONE

Meydan, All-Weather, 1200m

30 December 2010

It’s not unusual for South African trainer Mike de Kock to start his annual campaigns in Dubai with a winner and Mahubo, under jockey Kevin Shea, put the stable immediately on target for the 2011 renewal of the UAE’s annual racing extravaganza at Meydan on Thursday evening.

The Summerhill-bred four-year-old looked a length or two out of his ground when the 12-horse field turned for home in the Meydan Freezone Handicap over 1200m. But as evident at the 2010 festival, this excellent track surface suits front-runners and latecomers equally well and the best horse invariably wins.

Mahubo, a graduate form the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, hadn’t raced since 19 May 2010 but, as Mike suggested in his pre-race comments, the son of National Emblem out of the Foverors mare, Garden Verse, was fit enough to be in the shake-up. Halfway down the Meydan straight, Mahubo kicked into gear and he made up ground hand over fist to win fluently.

The short-head between Mahubo and Indian Skipper flattered the runner-up, because jockey Kevin Shea looked confident of winning the race well before the line and didn’t have to ride his most vigorous finish to get there.

Mike conveyed his thanks to Mahubo’s owner Friti Hay and her husband, Dr Jim Hay, and commented: “The Hays are new owners in the yard and this was their first runner with us. They live in Dubai, which makes it even better.”

Mahubo raced with a merit rating of 93, too low to qualify for the Carnival races, but this victory will change things. “We wanted to get him into the bigger races and tonight’s win was what we needed. He will improve more.

Seven-year-old Wonder Lawn gave a good account of himself in the Meydan Hotel Conditions Mile, staying on well for a close third behind Ali Al Raihe’s Derbaas. Wonder Lawn would probably have won in a few more strides and Mike’s prediction that he is one to be watched this season should be noted.

Mahubo’s well-accomplished half-brother Imbongi; top earner at the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival, winner of the Zabeel Mile (Gr2) and third in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr1), goes to Jebel Ali racetrack today for his first warm-up run of the season, a 1200m Conditions Race on dirt with his eight-year-old stable companion Hunting Tower.

“Both will come on with the run,” said Mike. “They enjoyed their long break. Imbongi looks a little fat, not as good as last year at this time, but we’re getting going with him.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

RACE RESULTS

#

Margin

Horse

Kg

OR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0

MAHUBO (SAF)

61.0

93

4

K Shea

Mike de Kock

2

Sh

INDIAN SKIPPER (IRE)

55.5

80

1

P Dobbs

Doug Watson

3

1.5

SATWA STREET (IRE)

59.0

88

11

W Supple

Erwan Charpy

4

Sh

FIRESTREAK (GB)

62.0

95

10

W Smith

Musabah Al Muhari

5

1.25

MY VERSE (GB)

60.5

91

9

T Durcan

Dhruba Selvaratnam

6

1

EMIRATES SPORTS (GB)

58.0

86

6

R Ffrench

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

7

1

GLORIOUS GIFT (IRE)

60.0

90

8

K Fallon

Ahmed Al Shamsi

8

0.25

TEVEZ THE TIGER (USA)

57.5

85

7

H Bentley (3.0)

Satish Seemar

9

0.5

CHAPERNO (USA)

59.0

88

3

P Cosgrave

Mubarak bin Shafya

10

Hd

DESERT REALM (IRE)

58.5

87

2

A Murgla (3.0)

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

11

2

HE’SMINENOTYOURS (USA)

60.0

90

5

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

12

7

IMPENETRABLE (USA)

57.5

85

12

A Ajtebi

Ali Rashid Al Raihe

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