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Moon Magic From Soqrat

De Kock makes statement regarding travel restrictions

Mike de Kock and Callan Murray continued on their merry magical winning streak with the 4yo Soqrat putting his hand up for yet another Cape Summer tour with an emphatic victory under topweight in Saturday’s R350 000 Gr3 Victory Moon Stakes at the Vaal.

De Kock was looking for a big performance over the 1800m from the impressive product of Australia and the ever improving 4yo duly delivered, showing he has the legs to go the 1800m – and maybe further – when shunting all the way to the line off a decent pace.

Callan Murray crouches low as he guides Soqrat to victory (Pic – JC Photos)

“He is a dual Gr1 winner and Angus Gold was leaning towards retiring him. But I’m glad we agreed to stay racing as a 4yo. I’d like to see him take a few of them on that he finished behind last season. He has furnished. He is getting stronger. I don’t think I will be recommending the Summer Cup to the connections. They have Barahin in there – why clash? The Cape is looking like an option rather,” added the in-form trainer, with a firm word of caution.

“But with the travel restrictions now, given the AHS outbreak, if the visitors can’t go down to the Cape then they really don’t have a season. We need to allow travel. If we don’t have the confidence in our own local movement of horses, how can we expect the world to believe in us?“ he quipped.

A few hours earlier, the Sporting Post broke the news that an AHS case had been reported that could impact on movement from Randjesfontein to the controlled areas.

Ridgemont-Highlands sponsored Callan Murray rode a confident race, tracking pacesetters Seville Orange and Unagi, and then unleashing Soqrat at the 350m.

In a matter of strides it was race over as the easy to back 2-1 favourite made light of his 62kgs and warded off a late thrust from SP top-rated Green Haze (11-4) by 2,25 lengths in a time of 107,65 secs.

The 40-1 Master Magic was a further 1,25 lengths adrift in third.

Bred by Shadwell Australasia, Soqrat who races in the internationally recognised blue and white of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, is by Epaulette (Commands), a multiple Gr1 winning sprinter.

He is out of the two-time winner Elzeeza (Hussonet), who won up to 1200m.

Soqrat has won 7 races with 7 places from 14 starts and took his stakes tally to R3 070 500.


Gr3 Victory Moon Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Vaal, South Africa, November 9, R350k, 1800m, turf, good, 1.47.65

1 – SOQRAT (AUS), 62.0, b c 4, Epaulette (AUS) – Elzeeza (AUS) by Hussonet (USA). Owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum; Breeder bred in Australia; trainer MF de Kock; jockey C Murray
2 – Green Haze (SAF), 51.0, b g 4, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Mizzen Mist (SAF) by Western Winter (USA)
3 – Master Magic (SAF), 52.5, b g 4, Mogok (USA) – Keen To Travel (SAF) by Rakeen (USA)
Margins: 2.25, 1.25, 0.25

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15 comments on “Moon Magic From Soqrat

  1. Brad says:

    HI Ed

    how do i send you a picture ?

  2. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…unbelievable win from Soqrat well done Champ…I’ve always said champions can give weight and start…MDK to win with 62kg and playing with the field Boss direct and indirect lines his right up with the best as we all knew 1 year ago after the Queens Plate win it will be time that he rock and rolls on the bigger stages

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Agree, very good win…

    Al Mutawakel caught the eye, strong finish. Watch this one with Luke Ferraris up ?
    In The Summer Cup 25-1….

  4. dave mollett says:

    Cecil is right. Al M badly drawn and raced wide – he’s thrown his hat in the ring for the Summer Cup. Quite happy with my ante-post voucher of 16-1 and 3-1 a place.

  5. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    I don’t understand the ride on Ikigai … Why carry a persuader…?

  6. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Just thought I should share this sad news with the SP that our good friend Alfie Little passed away…My sincere condolences to the Little Family..God bless

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Frankie
      Tex Lerena kindly informed us at 07h00 this morning
      Sad news

  7. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…MR Ed I would like to hear your opinion in Race 5 on American Princess shouldn’t the right decision to make her a non runner I’ve watched the start about 10 times over it’s clear as daylight that the handler is still holding on to her as the gates open,,my only interest was my jackpots where I had only 5 and 6 so I’m not talking from the pocket in actual fact i think the winner was a slightly better result for jackpots…I was quite surprised that there was no further action

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Frankie
      Looking at it – we have had a few calls with same sentiment as you

    2. Editor says:

      Frankie, looking at the clip and the Stipes report, it seems that she was the mistress of her own demise.
      The rule says that she can then be regarded as a runner.

      a) AMERICAN PRINCESS (S Veale) was restless in the stalls, losing 3 lengths.

      a) A race review, pertaining to AMERICAN PRINCESS (S Veale), drawn in stall gate 6, was called into the start of this race. However, after reviewing the patrol films of the race, the Stipendiary Board took no further action. In arriving at this decision, the Board considered that, whilst AMERICAN PRINCESS was very restless in the stalls, and subsequently lost ground at the start, this loss of distance was as a consequence of her own behaviour. Therefore, the Board acting in terms of Rule deemed this filly to be a runner. Notwithstanding this report, in view of the performance of AMERICAN PRINCESS, the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this filly.
      b) In view of the Starter’s Report concerning AMERICAN PRINCESS (S Veale) and in terms of Rule 61.6.10, the starting stall certificate for this filly has been withdrawn and she is suspended for a period of 7 days and until such time as she proves tractable in the starting stalls to jump on terms with a companion. Suspension dates: 11.11.2019 – 17.11.2019. AMERICAN PRINCESS may not be presented for re-passing during this period

    3. Editor says:

      Here is the race for those that missed it


  8. Lou Syfer says:

    Where do Sporting Post rate Soqrat after Saturdays run. On my figures and using Green Haze as the line I put him in at around 134.

  9. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Tks Mr Ed for effort…I do understand and agree that she was playing up but my point I’m trying to make is that the handler still had hold of her when she was playing up and the gates had opened for a few split seconds…anyways i appreciate the feed back…Cheers

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