Mike de Kock and Pierre Jourdan
Mike de Kock and Pierre Jourdan

Trainer Mike de Kock

(Inage : Tab Online / Pierre Jourdan)

BETTING WORLD JUBILEE HANDICAP (Grade 3)

Turffontein, Turf, 1800m

12 June 2011

Karel Miedema Sporting Post
Karel Miedema Sporting Post

Karel Miedema

www.sportingpost.co.zaNever underestimate a champion trainer and always exercise caution with Gauteng feature form. The unstoppable Mike de Kock threw punters a curved ball at Turffontein on Sunday 12 June when he produced the Argentinian-bred daughter of Singspiel, Candy Singer, at a generous 18-1 to win the R200,000 Grade 3 Betting World Jubilee Handicap over 1800m. The multiple Group-placed mare picked up her biggest career win at the expense of the revitalised Summerhill-bred star Pierre Jourdan, who looks set for a tilt at the Vodacom Durban July come 2 July.

The Gauteng feature race form continues to befuddle and confuse and one of only two members of the fairer sex in this event caught the boys napping as she sliced through the middle under De Kock’s feature race jack-in-a-box jockey Randall Simons. The flashy Drakenstein Stud-owned mare had not won since January 2010 but she stepped out here under a handy galloping weight and gave her opponents a hiding. One would think that she is destined for stud in a month or two and this Grade 3 event will certainly do her smashing pedigree no harm in the Sales catalogue pages. She is quite a looker too.

Pierre Jourdan ran a champagne race on the comeback trail and he was giving the De Kock mare 9,5 kgs when going down narrowly. He also showed a finger to the second run after a rest brigade. The Gary Alexander inmate’s fighting spirit was evident as he barged his way through a tight gap late and he certainly won’t be out of place in the Vodacom Durban July field where he will get his chance to silence his detractors for once and for all. He is set to carry 57,5kg if Past Master stays in and with a bit of luck and further progress in his health and fitness, he looks like a big runner. He certainly reserves his best efforts for jockey Derreck David and the Alexander gang may yet be booking that lunch table in the Durban View Room for Saturday 2 July.

The Jubilee Handicap form though may once again prove a little suspect as the first bunch finished right on top of one another. There were also a few dented reputations. Happy Landing blotted his copybook after an impressive Champions Challenge payday at the end of April, but it would have been 200m too short for him - even though he won the Drum Star Handicap over the 1800m trip, the Ormonde Ferraris trainedMagical ran on for third but was beaten without excuses. Galanthus jumped from the best of the draw but after showing toe, dropped out to nothing. The highly vaunted Geoff Woodruff Jet Master gelding, Soul Master, moved up threateningly but after winning three of his first five career outings, appears to have lost the plot and may be out of his depth at Group level.

BETTING WORLD JUBILEE HANDICAP (Gr3)

Final Result

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

CANDY SINGER (ARG)

52.5

91

10

R Simons

Mike de Kock

2

0.75

PIERRE JOURDAN

62.0

110

5

D David

Gary Alexander

3

0.90

MAGICAL

59.0

104

3

A Delpech

Ormond Ferraris

4

1.40

WITTENBERG

54.5

95

2

M Van Rensburg

Geoff Woodruff

5

1.75

MAHOGANY

55.0

96

11

* N Juglall

Weiho Marwing

6

2.00

SOUL MASTER

52.0

92

9

F Coetzee

Geoff Woodruff

7

2.50

QUEEN’S BAY

58.5

103

6

* JP van der Merwe

Mike Azzie

8

2.55

REGAL RANSOM

58.0

102

4

M Mienie

Sean Tarry

9

6.00

HAPPY LANDING

60.5

107

8

M Yeni

Joe Soma

10

6.75

ROYAL ARROW (AUS)

52.0

87

12

* J Greyling

Geoff Woodruff

11

7.00

GALANTHUS

59.5

105

1

S Brown

Tyrone Zackey

12

10.00

MPUMELELO

53.5

93

7

S Khumalo

Joe Soma

13

10.10

CARIBBEAN COAST

52.0

85

13

* A Mgudlwa

Erico Verdonese

14

12.75

CALL TO COMBAT

58.0

102

14

G Lerena

St John Gray

Late Scratching

15

0.00

CRACKER JACK

56.0

98

5

A Marcus

Geoff Woodruff

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