Piere Strydom made it a winning feature double at Turffontein on Saturday and was at his best in getting that little bit extra out of the promising Madame Dubois to register an impressive victory in the R250 000 Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes.
One of South Africa’s most successful jockey-trainer combinations of recent years has been dissolved following the decision of KZN-based Anthony Delpech to sever his informal commitments to the Mike de Kock yard and go it alone as a freelance.
While one odds-on Australian-bred let the side down, it was left to another to pick up the pieces. Magic Albert’s big chestnut son Suyoof’s victory in Saturday’s R250 000 Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes had class act written all over it and he now ranks as a top starter for the Gauteng Guineas.
Cold As Ice drops back in trip for the £45,000 Listed Unibet Cleves Stakes (1.45pm), the first of two Fast-Track Qualifiers on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Saturday, 6 February 2016.
The racing world was shocked last December when it was announced that the legendary Trevor Denman was to retire from Santa Anita.
For 32 years the South African native had wowed fans with his unique and flavourful race calls, and his entrance into American racing had opened the door for international announcers to come to the United States.
Trainer Mike de Kock had a message for Mubtaahij’s supporters after the colt had failed to make the frame in Thursday night’s Gr3 Firebreak Stakes over 1600m on dirt at Meydan: “All I can say is, please relax! Mubtaahij is being prepared for the Dubai World Cup, a race I believe he can win.