MIKE DE KOCK
Jack Milner: Trainer Mike de Kock came away with three winners at Turffontein on Saturday. The stable could be heading for a massive summer season and it is great to see their inmates running into form.
That good run is expected to continue on Tuesday at the Vaal, where racing reverts to the Classic track for the first time in many months. De Kock sends out three runners and two of them are likely to go out strong favourites, having won their last starts. De Kock has never been scared to drop his runners in at the deep-end and that is exactly what he has done with these three. They are all in the Jackpot, which makes that bet, and the Pick 6, quite an appetising prospect.
Yakeen made his first appearance just 10 days ago and took off late in a Maiden Plate over 1400m to mow down the opposition. He went on to beat Middle Path by 1.40 lengths, producing the fastest last 400m in the race. Yakeen drifted from 2-1 to 5-1 but that could also have been because they felt it would be too short for the son of Teofilo.
This time, in Race 4, he races over 1700m and with No 3 draw he could prove better than his opposition.
The runner with the toughest task is Like A Panther in Race 5. However, the son of Captain Al has more experience, having raced three times. He placed is his first two starts over 1400m as a juvenile but came back after an almost five-month break over 1600m and cantered to a 6.50-length win over Royal Resolution.
He takes on the likes of Hidden Agenda and Amsterdam in Race 5, a MR 84 Handicap over 2000m, so he cannot afford any slip ups. But he carries just 53.5kg and is drawn No 2.
Mujaafy, who was rated his best on the day, has been scratched from Race 7, a MR 80 Handicap over 1000m.