Silks In The City of Joburg
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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14h ago
4Racing, South Africa’s premier horseracing operator, in collaboration with leading online betting and gaming brand Betway is thrilled to announce the theme for this year’s edition of the Betway Summer Cup: Silks in The City – where racing heritage meets urban sophistication. Silks in The City is a celebration of the city of Johannesburg, its economy, and the long-standing tradition of the Summer Cup and will take place on 30 November at Turffontein Racecourse. The Betway Summer Cup marks the start of summer celebrations. Everyone can look forward to a day filled with phenomenal high-quality h ..read more
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Runner comments, 13 July
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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14h ago
Betway Ambassador Mike de Kock has two runners at the Turffontein meeting on Saturday. Officer in Command and Volare E Mambo will face the starter in Race 5 over 1600m. They have been tipped 1-2 by Computaform, but Mike advised caution and said: “They are both well exposed. They’re in the right type of race, both have eachway chances but neither are bankers. Officer in Command was coming along the right way but his saddle slipped during his last run. He was not persisted with, so that run can be ignored. He is drawn wide this time and that is a concern. Volare E Mambo looks best suited to 1600 ..read more
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Humdinger gets well-deserved Grade 1
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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1w ago
Mike de Kock celebrated his 140th G1 winner when the game mare, Humdinger, got up to beat Happy Chance in a grandstand finish to the R1,5 million Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes on Durban July Day. Humdinger and Happy Chance gave the race sponsors. Ridgemont, a 1-2 in the race, and provided part-owner Joao Da Mata with his first G1 success. Interestingly, Strydom rode Mike’s 7th Grade 1 winner, Raratonga Treaty, on July Day 27 years ago, in 1997. Sporting Post reported: “It was vintage Piere Strydom stuff, when the ‘Blonde Bomber’ led from the front to conjure up a dazzling victory for the ga ..read more
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July Day runner comments
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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1w ago
Get ready for a weekend of sensational racing in South Africa with 12 races carded for the 2024 Grade 1 HWB Durban July on Saturday, a Pick 6 carryover that could boost the pool to a whopping R20-millon, a Quartet pool on the flagship race expected to reach R12-million, and a carryover of R500,000 to Jackpot three. The racing action will be hard, fast, exciting and go into the evening and you’ll also be able to bet with TAB into the Hong Kong World Pools for races 7 and 8. Use the Betway portal for your tote bets and get your 6% betting tax refunded at month-end. In other races sure to get the ..read more
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2024 HWB Durban July Discussion Panel
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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1w ago
Join host Alistair Cohen and panelists Mike de Kock, Justin Snaith, Richard Fourie, Anthony Delpech and Kabelo Matsunyane on the 2024 Hollywoodbets Durban July Discussion Panel, for some interesting insights and banter ..read more
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Runner comments, Turffontein
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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1w ago
Mike has only two runners this weekend, both at Turffontein’s standside meeting on Sunday afternoon. Wolf Mountain, who won his Maiden in good style a fortnight ago, faces well-performed Graded runner Pistol Pete and another recent winner Bjorn Ironside in Race 3 over 1160m. The trainer said: “Pistol Pete has faced stronger and Bjorn Ironside won well. But if they fluff their lines, our Wolf Mountain will pick up the pieces. He’s in with a shout, a nice type of horse.” Festival Of Fire broke the ice with his own Maiden win over 1600m last time when he ran on strongly. He returns in Race 6 over ..read more
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Good strike rate
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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2w ago
Jockey Muzi Yeni has an excellent strike rate for Mike de Kock, even better after Sunday’s meeting at Scottsville where he booted home Ingqele and Khetiwe’s Destiny. This season, Muzi has ridden 62 runners for the stable, posting 13 wins, 5 seconds, 11 thirds and seven fourth places. The wins include the Grade 1 Gold Challenge on Dave The King. The stats represent a winning percentage of 20%, and a win-place rate of almost 60%, the type of figures astute punters can make a few pound on. Sunday’s winners are both owned by the Hollywoodbets Syndicate – both promising horses who will win their sh ..read more
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Final field for 2024 HWB Durban July
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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2w ago
Mike de Kock will saddle Shoemaker (Diego De Gouveia) and Aragosta (Marco van Rensburg) in the 2024 Hollywoodbets Durban July on Saturday, 6 July 2024.  They drew perfectly and will start from stall gates 6 and 7, respectively. The field was unveiled at a function in Durban on Tuesday ..read more
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Comments, Turffontein and Scottsville
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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3w ago
Betway’s Racing Ambassador Mike de Kock has two runners entered for Race over 1800m on the inside track at Turffontein. He said: “I am leaning towards Little Mary Sunshine over Spring in Heaven. Little Mary Sunshine just needed her last run after a rest and she’s doing really well, she has come on nicely from that run and Piere Strydom rides her. Spring In Heaven has a Quartet chance. The two De Kock runners at Scottsville are Ingqwele (Race 3, 1600m) and Khetiwe’s Destiny (Race 8, 1200m). Mike commented: “Ingqwele never had cover and didn’t settle in her rac ..read more
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Dave The King will go for G1 Champions Cup
Mike de Kock Racing | Champion Racehorse Trainer
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3w ago
Dave The King, the facile winner of the G1 Gold Challenge at HWB Greyville 10 days ago, has been withdrawn from the 2024 HWB Durban July, following a decision taken by his connections. Mike de Kock said on Tuesday: “After consulting with his owners, we have decided to take him out of the July and aim him at the G1 HKJC Champions Cup on Gold Cup Day,  Sunday 27 July. “Dave The King has proven that his best form is between 1600m and 1800m. He finished 5.50-lengths behind Winchester Mansion in last year’s July, it was just too far for him. Also, after he was gelded he was beaten four lengths ..read more
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