Mike de Kock - Dubai World Cup
Mike de Kock - Dubai World Cup

Mike de Kock

(Image : HKJC/GBGC)

DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

Meydan, Dubai

30 March 2013

There is an irony to religion, and I speak of the conventional form, not the kind racing fans tend to worship. For the Christian world, the coming weekend marks the observation of Easter, whilst some Muslim circles simultaneously celebrate one of the planet’s great pagan festivals at Meydan racecourse in Dubai. On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts will distribute US$37.36 million (a staggering R355 million) in prize-money on the occasion of the 17th World Cup meeting, the biggest hand-out in racing.

For the past couple of seasons, South Africa has had at least three stables represented at this showpiece, Mike de Kock, Herman Brown Jnr and and Singapore-based Patrick Shaw. This year, the burden is more concentrated, though it has to be said, De Kock has ample shoulders and he won’t mind the fact that he’s our only flag-bearer. At this stage, the entries have a rich international flavour, covering 22 time zones from the United States to Japan, and the programme has a smack of an Olympiad to it, with contestants competing over distances from 1000 metres to 3000 metres. While we’ll be speaking to Mike de Kock and a few others during the course of the week and bringing you first-hand news of what you can expect, it’s eye opening to witness the banter, the horse-trading and the jostling that goes on ahead of the final gallops and Wednesday’s draw. It seems there is no end to what one rich man will pay not only to beat another one, but just to have a ticket in a race on the day.

Here are Mike’s runners on the night :

US$1 Million Godolphin Mile (Group 2)

All Weather, 1600m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

8

MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Christophe Soumillon

9

REROUTED (USA)

Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood

Weichong Marwing

13

SOFT FALLING RAIN (SAF)

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Paul Hanagan

US$1 Million Dubai Gold Cup (Group 3)

Turf, 3200m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

10

STAR EMPIRE (SAF)

Mohammed Khaleel Ahmed

Christophe Soumillon

US$2 Million UAE Derby (Group 2)

All Waether, 1900m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

6

EMOTIF (ARG)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Patrick Cosgrave

8

ZAHEE (NZ)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Christophe Soumillon

US1 Million Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1)

Turf, 1000m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

7

SHEA SHEA (SAF)

Brian Joffe, Myron Berzack et al

Christophe Soumillon

US$2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1)

All Weather, 1200m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

7

KAVANAGH (SAF)

Wilgerbosdrift Pty Ltd (Nom: Mrs Mary Slack)

Christophe Soumillon

US$5 Million Dubai Duty Free (Group 1)

Turf, 1800m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

6

IGUGU (AUS)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre Macdonald

Anthony Delpech

10

THE APACHE (SAF)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Winston CHow

Christophe Soumillon

11

MUSHREQ (AUS)

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Paul Hanagan

US$5 Million Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1)

Turf, 2410m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

11

AWAIT THE DAWN (USA)

Katrina Partridge, Mike de Kock, Chris Haynes et al

Patrick Cosgrave

US$10 Million Dubai World Cup (Group 1)

Turf, 2000m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

()

TREASURE BEACH (GB)

Fitri Hay, Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor

Christophe Soumillon

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