MIKE DE KOCK
Nicci Garner: Nearly a third of all the runners the Mike de Kock stable has sent out in November so far have won and more than two thirds have finished in the placings, so punters at the Vaal should not leave any of the stable’s runners out when deciding their bets.
Two races on the programme could go the stable’s way, with Fish River having an outstanding chance in Race 5 over 1200m and Rajasthani Queen looking “the goods” in Race 8 over 1600m.
Rajasthani Queen disappointed in her second career start after a winning debut, but she should enjoy the 1600m and looks sure to improve. She might be a good replacement as a banker for stablemate High Seas Beauty, who has been scratched from Race 6 over 1400m.
Dawn Flight, who is much better than her last run, and in-form Teenage Dream look Rajasthani Queen’s main dangers.
Fish River, who is by Irish 2000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs, is probably the most interesting horse in the De Kock arsenal although there is no guarantee she won’t need a pipe-opener in her first start since May.
Her form before that was exceptional and includes a 3.50-length win over subsequent Golden Slipper winner Desert Rhythm and a second to above-average Silver Thursday.
This might be a small field, but there are three other feature-race contenders in the line-up, including year-older Gardenia Stakes third Movie Show, who will be cherryripe in her third run after a layoff, Star Profile, who finished ahead of Fish River in the SA Fillies Nursery, and Frederico’s Dream, who might have found the 1600m of the Thekwini Stakes too far at that point in her career when fading to 10th.
Noble Secret is another De Kock runner who will not be making the trip to the Vaal. So in Race 7 over 1600m, the horses to follow look to be Sail For Joy, Bold Viking, Tommy Waterdevil, Raydaveric, Street Flyer and Bush Pilot.