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Mustaaqeem – De Kock Not Fazed

One run not worth making an assessment on

Champion trainer Mike de Kock believes that his 2017 Equus Champion Two-Year-Old Mustaaqeem has plenty of improvement in him and that it serves no purpose jumping the gun and coming to conclusions after the exciting colt ran fourth at the Vaal on Thursday.

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Mustaaqeem finished out of all the exotic bets in his comeback sprint, beaten just under a length by Africa Rising, showing pace.

The run would have been disappointing to punters, who had bankered the short-priced favourite in their exotic perms,  Mathew de Kock, speaking on www.mikdekockracing.com , feels there should be more sympathetic consideration for the colt after his long lay-off.

He said: “Mustaaqeem came off knee surgery and a long rest and we could only give him a limited amount of work before the race to bring him on carefully.  He showed good pace and just ran out of steam late which is natural.

“Mustaaqeem pulled up a bit stiff this morning (Friday), but he will be fine. He came into a competitive race after a break and he will improve a lot after this run.

“Rugby and soccer players coming of injuries play for 20 minutes before they get taken off, our horse is an athlete too, a competitor and he felt the same strain. I wish we had barrier trials here, one trial before the race would have done Mustaaqeem the world of good.”

Mike, speaking from Dubai, commented: “Mustaaqeem will make tons of improvement. I have always held the opinion that he wants a bit more ground. I’m not fazed right now. We can’t make assessments based on this one run. He has a good season ahead of him.

“Mustaaqeem’s brother Rafeef got beat and that didn’t stop him from winning a Grade 1. Let’s see where he is at the end of the season.”

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4 comments on “Mustaaqeem – De Kock Not Fazed

  1. bob kistnasamy says:

    I am not sure whether it would have been advisable to bring him on slowly and let him acquire a level of fitness.to be competitive. Indications are that he was brought on too quickly. Perhaps the horse should have been given more work At that prohibitive odds, many a punter would have considered the horse a “good thing” and included the horse as a banker and off course lost out
    there is no point in comparing the horse to athletes at this point.
    Punters had already lost out.
    on a positive note, I am certain that the horse will recover and show his true potential. .

  2. Kay says:

    Were punters informed prior to the race that the horse has had a knee surgery and that they should exercise caution?

    1. Editor says:

      Yes, it was published on Mike de Kock website and the SP Digest

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