Mike de Kock
Mike de Kock

Mike de Kock

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Dubai World Cup Night

30 March 2013

Trainer Mike de Kock is delighted to have a runner in every race on Dubai World Cup night. He returned to the Gulf state last Saturday to prepare his runners for 30 March, a day in which there is a staggering $27.25-million (R250-million) in prize-money up for grabs.

Heading the card is the $10-million Dubai World Cup over 2000m on Meydan’s Tapeta track and De Kock will saddle Treasure Beach. The five-year-old son of Galileo has only raced once this year, finishing sixth behind Hunter’s Light in the Grade 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 earlier this month. Treasure Beach had previously finished fifth in both the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby.

The Apache and Igugu will be in action in the Dubai Duty Free and there is little doubt that at this stage, The Apache is De Kock’s preference.

Speaking of Igugu, he said: “She’s getting there. There’s still a lot of work to do but I’m not too fazed about her present condition. When I get her to England I will be able to train her better under those conditions. She adapted quite quickly to the Northern Hemisphere conditions and I was happy to see her in season early in the year. However, she got into a state to the tune that she was screaming in the box.”

De Kock feels that The Apache has not yet reached his peak. “He’s being wound up for World Cup night. He is a nice horse but there is still work to do. I’m very happy with the way he’s going.”

Of the other key races De Kock said: “Shea Shea has been invited to run in the Al Quoz Sprint over 1000m on the turf while Kavanagh has an invitation to contest the World Cup Sprint over 1200m on Tapeta. Await The Dawn will contest the Dubai Gold Cup while unbeaten Soft Falling Rain is set to race in the UAE Derby.”

Extract from Tab News