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‘Barahin Is Horse To Beat’ – De Kock

Champion trainer is the ace with 3yo's

Mike de Kock has trained four Vodacom Durban July winners – who all won the big race at the age of 3. That bodes well for his bid for number five on 6 July at Hollywoodbets Greyville, as both of his candidates are in the same age group.

While De Kock’s arch-rival Justin Snaith has suggested that the 3yo’s will have to be ‘very good’ to beat their elders, De Kock exuded some bullish confidence.

Greys Inn

De Kock’s Greys Inn (Zabeel – Good Judgement) wins in 2004

Speaking on his website, www.mikedekockracing.com, he said that he was pleased with the favourite Hawwaam’s display against crack stablemate, Soqrat, on Thursday morning at a vibrant Greyville.

He said Hawwaam has come through his preparation very well, is sound and the team was happy with the son of Silvano going into the last week.

Stablemate Barahin is easy to back with Hollywoodbets, despite De Kock expressing his confidence of a ‘massive’ run from the son of Gimmethegreenlight.

Barahin – a massive runner (Pic – JC Photos)

While Hawwaam has been prepared at Summerveld, Barahin stayed at Randjesfontein where his own preparation has gone according to plan.

Mike said: “This is the best we’ve had him before a race, he was always underdone when previously facing Hawwaam and I reckon it will be a lot closer between them this time. Barahin gets 3kg from Hawwaam, and he may also still be a few pounds under-rated so at the weights I’d say he is the horse to beat. He will be travelling to Durban next Friday.”

De Kock won the July with Ipi Tombe (2002), Greys Inn (2004), Bold Silvano (2010) and Igugu (2011).

The Pick 6 on the big day is expected to reach R15 million.

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7 comments on “‘Barahin Is Horse To Beat’ – De Kock

  1. Prasheen Harrimohan says:

    Can’t wait to c the panel discussion between Justin Snaith aka Justin Bieber and Mike de kock will be tense I’m sure

  2. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    Oh my goodness, we have our very own Trevor Noah on the SP Bloggers site. Good on you Prasheen.

  3. V says:

    When igugu won the woolavington, mdk referred to justin snaith as Justin Bieber.

  4. Deezo says:

    De Kock smokescreen and the usually July hype. By the end of the week we will have 90% of the field with winning chances. Barahin got no chance. DO IT AGAIN is the best rated horse in SA. Best position for Barahin is 6th which is fair in terms of his merit rating.

  5. Selven says:

    Top Guyz must have their Eyes Wide Open

  6. Michael Jacobs says:

    I have learnt that when a trainer talks his horse up, it loses and when he downplays his horse, particularly a fancied horse then it wins! A guy like Mike Azzie was renowned for talking his horse up so convincingly but invariably the horse lost, especially when it was the favourite. So rather take what Mike De Kock says with a pinch of salt. Sea salt, not table salt

  7. WILLIAM MILKOVITCH says:

    In essence, if the two matched up, on Saturday, 56kgs vs 53kgs over the 2 200m, who would your money be on ?

    If you can’t decide or separate them, then Mr.de Kock has rightly allowed them to clash.

    Remember, as Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum is his biggest client, he would have to motivate a case for both of them to take the First Prize.

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