‘2000m Will Stretch MK’s Pride’ – De Kock

Countdown to Saturday

A projected R10 million Pick 6 pool highlighted by the Betway Gr1 Summer Cup makes Saturday’s Turffontein meeting a weekend highlight.

Michele Wing’s Racing News in association with Gold Circle, spoke to the trainers of all 19 runners in the 2022 renewal of the Highveld flagship.

Watch the interviews at the base of this story.


Sparkling Water: “She’s thriving at the moment. We’re pretty happy with her. She came out of the race well (Tab4Racing Victory Moon Stakes)“, Mike de Kock.

Safe Passage: “I would like to have had another run under the belt, but I’ve been wrong about him before and he comes back and wins“, Mike de Kock.

Aragosta: ”He’s very well. I think he’s a runner, especially at the weights“, Mike de Kock.

Puerto Manzano: “He’s worked tremendously well over the last 2 weeks“, Johan Janse van Vuuren.

Litigation: “He’s doing really well. I do believe he’s in a better space than before going into the Victory Moon“, Sean Tarry.

William Robertson: “I’ve always thought he’s more of a classic horse. He showed that he did very, very well in the Victory Moon. William is very well and developing into a very nice sort“, Corne Spies.

Nebraas: “He has come on since that run (Victory Moon Stakes), so we have to be bullish of a really good showing from him in the Summer Cup“, Sean Tarry.

Red Saxon: “I was ecstatic with the run (Victory Moon Stakes), because his heart was there, he fought and I knew I never had him 100% fit“, Joey Soma.

MK’s Pride: “I think he’s going to be stretched by the Turffontein 2000, to be quite honest“, Mike de Kock.

Pyromaniac: “He’s a horse who would appreciate a good draw“, Sean Tarry. Pyromaniac drew 19.

Astrix: “He’s coming well. From what I’ve seen at work, he’s definitely the dark horse in the Summer Cup“, Johan Janse van Vuuren.

Second Base: “I know he’s feeling good. He’s full of dapples, but which horse you’re going to get on raceday, we’re going to have to wait and see“, Johan Janse van Vuuren.

Light Of The Moon: “I don’t think it would be foolish for me to say that we will not making the pace. As we have the one runner, we want to give her the best chance from the draw“, Barend Botes.

Super Silvano: “His whole preparation into this race has been phenomenal. Ideally, we want draw 8“, James Crawford. Super Silvano drew 8.

Zillzaal: “I was disappointed with his last run. He came back with a few niggles, and I felt we have addressed them“, Sean Tarry.

Divine Odyssey: “To be very honest, he probably can’t win it. We’re going to aim for 8th and anything higher than that would be a bonus“, Johan Janse van Vuuren.

Shango: “A horse like him, a hardened campaigner, 54, anything can happen with a little bit of luck in running“, Sean Tarry.

Jaimala: “It is a huge step up in class. He’s coming into the race really fit, really well“, Ashley Fortune.

Raiseahallelujah: “We’re obviously under sufferance. Every time we’ve upped him to the next level, he’s just taken it. We’re taking our chances and hoping for the best“, Candice Dawson.

Watch the interviews here:

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