Ken Nicol: It’s Super Saturday at Meydan this weekend, and Mike de Kock sends out three hopefuls who will be keen to secure their places on World Cup night come March 30.
2017 Vodacom July winner Marinaresco has had two prep runs over too sharp a trip, and now lines up in the Group2 Dubai City Of Gold, where the 2410m should be right up his alley.
He is drawn 9 out of 10, but over this trip that isn’t too much of a disadvantage.
Regular partner Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides, and was cautiously optimistic when speaking from Dubai on Thursday.
“Marinaresco is in fine form and doing well. It’s his third run after a long rest and we are hopeful. But it’s going to be a tough task taking on some really smart horses.”
The $300,000 race will be run at 4:20pm SA time.
The Grade 1 Jebel Hatta ($400,000) is over 1800m, and goes off at 5:30pm. De Kock has two acceptors.
Here Majestic Mambo is a very interesting runner. Second in the Daily News and fourth in the July during the 2018 KZN season, he only arrived in Dubai in January.
As such, his preparation must have been a little rushed, but the fact that he is running at all means that he must have been showing up well.
Fayd’Herbe rides this one as well, and they are drawn on the paint.
“Mike has Majestic Mambo as fit as possible, and he is working very well. But it’s his first run in a very long time and in a Grade 1 race, so it won’t be easy” was how he summed up this one’s prospects.
Janoobi was third in this event a year ago, but has been well below that level in all four appearances at this year’s carnival and will need improvement to feature.
Jim Crowley retains the ride, and they are drawn three out of the ten acceptors.