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JACARANDA HANDICAP (Grade 3)
Turffontein, Turf, 1800m
31 March 2012
The Mike de Kock stable saddled no fewer than 32 runners at the Meydan and Turffontein meetings on Saturday and although Mike didn’t manage a winner at the Dubai Word Cup meeting, the overall statistics show two winners, five seconds, four thirds and five fourths, not a bad day at the offices of De Kock International.
At Turffontein’s Classic Day, Checcetti (SAF) (Kahal) captured the Gr3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m from stablemate Flirtation (SAF) (Silvano), Secret Babe (SAF) (Labeeb) and Varlet (SAF) (Var).
Without Malice (SAF) (Jet Master) led the Jacaranda field into the straight with Flirtation midfield and Checcetti having to be dropped out to last from a wide draw. Most of the 11-strong field had chances going through the 400m mark, but it was Flirtation, in the centre of the track, who made the first strong move and raced into the lead with 250m to run, getting the measure of dangerous-looking Hawker Hunter (SAF) (Jet Master).
Checcetti, meanwhile, had made steady headway near the far side fence and started throwing out a challenge of her own. She finished best of all under a well-judged ride from jockey Tshwaro Appie and won going away.
“Checcetti normally fades when she races handy, so all credit to John Buckler, who suggested we drop her out today,” Appie said. “She switched off and we snuck through along the fence after I gave her a few cracks.”
“I came for the trophy,” said a delighted Tony Moodley, who owns Checcetti with Mike de Kock , Vanessa Harrison and Mick Goss’ Summerhill Stud Syndicate. Checcetti is a four-year-old bay filly by Kahal (GB) from Dancer’s Choice (SAF) by Royal Prerogative (GB).
This win takes the 2009 Summerhill Ready To Run graduate’s career record to 4 wins and 9 places from 16 starts.
Extract from Mike de Kock Racing