Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer), won a quality Gulf News Classified turf handicap over 1800m on turf at Meydan in Dubai on Thursday night for trainer Mike de Kock, following a 10-month break and having to endure the tiresome travelling and quarantine schedule to get to his new base.
At the back of the field for the majority of the trip, the four-year-old gelding was pulled wide early in the straight by pilot Christophe Soumillon. They swooped to the front denying Ocean Tempest (Act One) and Tenor (Oratorio), both representing England and trainer John Ryan. Fellow De Kock-trained Rock Cocktail (Rock of Gibraltar) filled the fourth spot.
“Umgiyo picked up nicely when I asked him,” said Soumillon after the 1.25-length success. “They went pretty quick which has helped him. He had been working well so we were quite hopeful. He will improve for the outing as well.”
Speaking from the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town, Mike de Kock commented: “This was a very good and rewarding win and well done to the owners, who have been patient with Umgiyo. He has Group potential, he’s a smart horse and depending on his penalty we’ll look for a handicap or go for a Graded feature. As for Rock Cocktail, his run was encouraging. He was a bit burly, needed the run and was only beaten a few lengths. He will make good progress with this run behind him.”
Umgiyo races for a number of partners: Warne and Wendy Rippon (of Sun Classique fame), Gary Grant and Chris Haynes of the Equine Group, Dr John and Mrs Amanda McVeigh, Noeline Malherbe, Mr M Achmed and Mr and Mrs R Chada.
Extracts from Mike de Kock Racing