De Kock stars may clash again

De Kock stars may clash again


Barahin and Soqrat, first and second in Saturday’s Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe at Greyville, may be seen in action again in three weeks from now at the Elan Property Group Gold Cup meeting.

Both are being aimed at the Grade 1 R750,000 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m and trainer Mike de Kock said: “It all depends on where they draw. If they don’t draw well, they won’t run.”

De Kock said that Dagmar, the winner of a competitive Juvenile Plate at Turffontein on Saturday, will be considered for the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m on the same day. “Again, it depends where she draws. It’s no use racing them from a wide draw at Greyville.”

Barahin (Bernard Fayd’Herbe) and Soqrat (Randall Simons), provided racegoers with a thrilling finish to the Golden Horseshoe. They quickened together on the stand side of the track and fought out the finish.

De Kock said: “They work on top of each other and they ran the way they work. Last week I said to everyone who would listen that there was little to choose between the pair and I told those who wanted to banker Soqrat to include Barahin, just in case.”

Asked who’d be best of the pair over 1600m, De Kock said: “I’m not sure what will happen over an extra 200m. Barahin ran straight on Saturday and Soqrat was the lesser experienced; if you watch the head-on he ran around a bit and that may have cost him the race.” –

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