Headline News De Kock will be hoping 13 is lucky

A busy 48 hours lie ahead for Mike de Kock’s satellite base in Dubai. De Kock will send out 13 runners at the meetings at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse tomorrow and on Friday. He spoke to Racing Express staff about his runners:<br />

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Headline News RACING EXPRESS STAR OF JANUARY

<p><strong>POCKET POWER, winner of the R2-million J&amp;B Met&nbsp;<br />
Trainer: Mike Bass; Jockey: Bernard Fayd’Herbe&nbsp;<br />
Owners: Marsh Shirtliff and Arthur and Rina Webber.<br />
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THE brilliant Jet Master five-year-old finished powerfully to trounce Our Giant by 1.25 lengths and become only the second horse in nearly three decades to win the Cape’s premier race twice running. His name is now openly mentioned with that of Politician, one of the greatest thoroughbreds seen in South African and the only other dual winner of the Met (1978 and ’79) since the conditions were changed in the early 1970s.<br />
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Photo: Pocket Power wins the 2008 J&amp;B Met</p>

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Headline News Castle breached but Tarry bolsters Kilcoy

NICCI GARNER<br />
CELEBRATING a winner is like no other feeling on earth, but Sean Tarry’s face in the No 1 box after 20-1 outsider Horatio was given the nod by a whisker in the Grade 3 Tony Ruffel Stakes at Turffontein last Saturday told its own story.<br />

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Headline News Rhetoric has solid credentials

HAROLD STERLEY<br />
TRAINER Peter Miller took home345 three winners after the fixture at Flamingo Park a week ago and with more than 20 runners at this afternoon&rsquo;s meeting at that venue is sure to have his share of success again.

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Headline News 2nd international title for Whyte

DOUGLAS Whyte became the fourth rider to land the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys&rsquo; Championship for a second time on a night when he also drew level with Tony Cruz as the rider to score the most wins in Hong Kong.

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Headline News Treble for Khan on a day of excellence and controversy

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">BACK TO BEST: there were happy scenes in the Geoff Woodruff camp at Turffontein on Saturday when Soft Landing made a welcome return to form.<br />
<span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">JACK MILNER<o:p></o:p></span></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">QUALITY horses, some grand performances and a contentious objection made racing at Turffontein on Saturday both entertaining and intriguing.<br />
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Photo: Mark Khan</span></p>

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Headline News Important weekend looms for De Kock in England, Canada

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span lang="EN-GB">NICCI GARNER<br />
</span><span lang="EN-GB">TRAINER Mike de Kock could be represented by two runners at the Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes meeting at Newmarket, England, on Saturday with Mullins Bay set to run in the 1800m Group 1 topliner and Kapil featuring among 33 entries for the G3 Igloos Bentinck Stakes over 1200m. On Sunday South Africa&rsquo;s globetrotting trainer will turn his attention to the $2-million Canadian International (G1) over 2400m at Woodbine where he races Oracle West.<br />
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Photo: Mike de Kock</span></p>

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Headline News PROFILE: Hard-working Muzi does not underestimate his opposition

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"><span lang="EN-GB"><strong><em>ASCENDING STAR: He looks like a 13-year-old, but there is nothing immature about Muzi Yeni&rsquo;s determination to succeed and 10 months after he qualified, the young rider needs just two more winners to equal his 2006 total.</em></strong><br />
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TO the uninitiated, 29 winners might not seem to indicate a star on the ascension, but Muzi is the 33rd most successful jockey in South Africa in terms of winners so far this year. His tally is also fairly impressive if one considers that most of his mounts have been second-string or just not expected to win (he has only ridden 56 favourites in his entire career) – and he has put the work into nearly every one of them.<br />
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Photo: Muzi Yeni</span></span></p>

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