mike de kock trained irish flame wins daily news 2000
mike de kock trained irish flame wins daily news 2000

Irish Flame - Daily News 2000 (Grade 1)

(Photo : Gold Circle) 

MIKE DE KOCK

“THE MAN EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW”

Many things have been written about Mike de Kock, so when he boots home first and second in a Group One, we take it rather matter-of-factly. This was the case in the Daily News 2000 on Saturday, it hardly warranted a mention. Nor did it dawn on too many, that in that instant, de Kock had pretty much sewn up the Trainers title for 2010.

Considering that many of his best are campaigning abroad, the achievement is magnified, and credence is given to those who say he is the best at his profession in the world. When the crowd pressed on the Greyville Winners Box as Irish Flame and Bold Silvano returned to scale, one tough cookie yells in a Benoni accent “If ever I get a good one, this man has to train it”. You wonder what de Kock ever did to deserve this!

He’s the man everyone wants to know. He seems to have become the idol of the social set to which he never belonged, and to which, you suspect, he would never want to belong. He doesn’t conform. He can’t; he wasn’t born like the rest of us.

SOUTH AFRICAN TRAINERS CHAMPIONSHIP

1 August 2009 - 6 June 2010

Trainer

Stakes (ZAR)

Runs

Wins

Win %

Stks/Runs (ZAR)

MIKE DE KOCK

16,061,837

618

129

21%

25,990

SEAN TARRY

11,379,525

801

113

14%

14,207

CHARLES LAIRD

10,672,037

531

111

21%

20,098

MIKE BASS

9,891,974

732

82

11%

13,514

JUSTIN SNAITH

8,082,850

1001

116

12%

8,075

GARY ALEXANDER

6,390,750

426

38

9%

15,002

GLEN KOTZEN

6,257,900

676

76

11%

9,257

JOEY RAMSDEN

5,840,324

773

82

11%

7,555

GAVIN SMITH

5,825,549

1085

111

10%

5,369

ALAN GREEFF

5,565,200

881

97

11%

6,317