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‘Vardy Is A Champion’ – De Kock

Top trainer ridicules Sun Met betting

Mike de Kock is very happy with the condition of Hawwaam ahead of Saturday’s Sun Met and is actually pleased he is drawn wide, although he described the betting for both the Met and the Gr1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes as ‘ridiculous’

Mike de Kock – ‘Hawwaam has had a good prep’

De Kock said about the draw: “At least from draw 12 Anton Marcus will not have to think about getting away from the rail, he will already be away from it. He was obsessed about getting away from the rail in the Queen’s Plate, I struggle to think why when you are in the perfect position to take the shortest way home, but this time he won’t have to do all that thinking.”

Hawwaam over-raced in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate when caught in a head to head fight with Rainbow Bridge for about  three furlongs, so many were of the opinion he had a hard race.

However, De Kock disagreed and said: “I am not convinced he had a hard race. Once his chances were ruined and it became obvious he was not going to place he made no effort in the finish.”

He concluded: “He has had a good prep, I couldn’t be happier with him.”

The Met has the known front-runner Head Honcho in the line up and there are others like Undercover Agent who like to get on with it.

De Kock predicted the race would be run at a ‘good, even tempo’.

Hawwaam is the ruling favourite at around 18/10 while the Queen’s Plate and Green Point Stakes winner Vardy is only second favourite at 28/10.

De Kock said: “The Met betting is absolutely ridiculous. Even if things had gone better in the Queen’s Plate Vardy would have been very difficult to beat. When is Vardy going to be given the credit he is due? He is an absolute champion. I just don’t understand it but I think it is because of all this hype from people who seem to have no idea about form.”

De Kock is also bewildered by the betting for the Majorca, a weight for age mile for fillies and mares.

Whilst agreeing Queen Supreme is looking to be a very good filly he said: “She doesn’t have nearly the formlines of Celtic Sea. Celtic Sea is a multiple Gr1 winner and the champion of her generation, yet the betting has Queen Supreme at around even money and Celtic Sea at about 7/2. There is no logic in that.”

Queen Supreme has won five of her seven starts including an easy 2,50 length victory in the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes over 1800m last time, which followed an excellent 1,60 length fourth in the Grade 1 Gauteng Summer Cup. The Exceed And Excel filly is Irish-bred and although officially a four-year-old she has not yet turned four in actual terms, so she will be improving all the time. She gets a half-a-kilogram hemisphere allowance.

De Kock said: “She has had a very good prep. She stayed down in the Cape after the race and has blossomed. As time goes on she will get better and better as she is not even physically four yet.”

Queen Supreme is drawn nine compared to Celtic Sea’s eight.

De Kock has three horses in the CTS 1200, Vaseem, Battleoftrafalgar and Alramz.

His regular first call jockey Callan Murray is on Vaseem.

De Kock said: “Vaseem is probably the best sprinter of the three. Battleoftrafalgar had an abscess on the epiglottis after winning the Million Mile so missed a fair bit of work but he is getting there, although the Million Mile form looks ordinary. Alramz has done nothing wrong and has been better in blinkers.

Atyaab – stays well (Pic – JC Photos)

The yard’s other runner on the day is Atyaab in the Gr2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers over 2800m where he is second favourite at around 11/2.

De Kock said he was well and added: “He is exposed, what you see is what you get with him.”

The Australian-bred Dundeel gelding carries second topweight of 59,5kg and jumps from draw six under Murray.

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22 comments on “‘Vardy Is A Champion’ – De Kock

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Mr MdK, You are an excellent trainer, not sure how you will do as a Bookie 😂

    Take 2 Doubles

    * QS + Hawwaam 4640/1000
    * Celtic Sea with Vardy 16640/1000

    But pls ask Anton about Front and Centre, at least add this one in the Big P6

    All the best for Sat day 👍

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    I always take what the trainers say with a pinch of salt. I have learnt over the years that when a trainer talks his horse down, then it wins. When he talks it up and raves about it, then it loses. Before the Queen’s Plate the stable were very bullish. Guess what happened. Now they ridiculing the betting, watch Hawwaam win by 2 lengths!

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    I didn’t hear De Kock saying the odds-on about Hawwaam before the LQP was ridiculous! Despite the horse being untried at the highest level, going over a distance on the sharp side and despite an average run when he beat Bunker Hunt who is no supetstar! Then every Frankie and his dog was raving about Hawwaam. Now they want to talk Vardy up so they can get a better price on Met Day on Hawwaam! These guys……

  4. Pops says:

    This is an old Transvaal trainers thing before a big race.
    They will tell the world how good their horse is.”The best in the country.Nothing can even come close.We are coming down to show our class”
    The weights come out.
    Then the crying begins.Suddenly they will tell you why X and Y horse should actually carry more weight then their champ.
    Now its the betting.Best horse in the race.Best distance.Top trainer.Rated the best jockey in the country .There will be no Cape season without our champion horses.
    But no the bookies are being foolish by pricing up the horse favourite.
    Like some people took a while to understand the stakes pot distribution the pricing of a race may stay a mystery to others.

  5. Seattle Slew says:

    I think the bookies have got it just about right. I love Celtic Sea (currently my favourite horse in training) but, notwithstanding her Garden Province win, she is primarily a sprinter. Queen Supreme will have her measure over a mile and is the obvious JP/Pick 6 banker on the day.

    I’m still baffled that people are writing off Hawwaam after one below-par run where it was obvious to all and sundry that he was not happy and so many things went wrong. The only horse who I believe could have beaten him over this trip is DIA at his very best but he is currently under a cloud and looks a shadow of his former self.

    If you’d asked me a month ago whether I’d be backing Hawwaam,in the Met, I’d have said “no” as I did not expect to get any value.18/10, on the other hand, is too tempting to ignore and I intend to take full advantage!

  6. Zack attck says:

    Micheal i tell u 3 days before the race if the race is run at a genuin pace vardy will win if the race is run at a cape crawl vardy will win jes the only horse maturing at the right stage the others are all at there peak ,please dont blame trai ers for there judgement they only giving advice what they think especially Mr de kock who is a master in his own right i dont right off hawaam but he does have issues if all goes well for him vardy will win by a lenght instead of 2

  7. Ray says:

    I fully agree. Vardy will win again.

  8. Tim says:

    Mdk has mentioned Anton negatively in two articles thus far. Sure anton didn’t take the shortest route home down the inside but surely hawwaam still wouldn’t have won. He didn’t have that same energy and surely mdk saw that yet he still mentions it. Makes me wonder if he is maybe implying something more sinister… Anyway, hawwaam wins the met!!!

  9. Richard Letwaba says:

    For Hawwaam to win, he must take to the front 400m to the post & play catch me if u can almost like Kilindini last time,however try to outsprint RB out the gates.
    Adam says Vardy shows signs of staying so he will challenge like previous 2 races. 4 him to win, he must b less than 6 lengths behind turning for home cos whenHwm & RB scoots past Head Honcho he must not b var otherwise his turbo overdrive won’t make it.
    Best underdog is ToF over 10 furlongs. DIA is not ready but will b 4 the July. 1.50 lengths should separate 1st 5 past the post.
    Pred.- RB- HWM- VARDY- TOF- OW- DIA

    Best duel of the day- QS & CS. Good luck but its more of an enjoyable day than landing a big catch.

  10. Kay says:

    I have seen a lot of horses cone and go you all looking at this from the wrong angle one world is the blind bet .vardy was gelded after two stong defeats they has been a jockey change on one world and it has taken him time to know and adapt to him . Ask me and i wil tell you its a 3 boys affair one world hawwam and the bridge . No vardy 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 and yeah dekock is right by all means vardy should be favourite

  11. Gavin says:

    Mike DE kock is very disrespectful of Anton in every interview.. Why put him on your horse then

    1. Editor says:

      Straight talk doesn’t necessarily equal disrespect in sport. Gavin?

  12. J J Cale says:

    Bookmakers are looking for customers to back Hawwaam if you like it back it .Most of you were happy to get 18/10 now 28/10 .

  13. PL.NEL says:

    Viva Vardy
    What a immense pleasure to have such quality for our entertainment, a rare pleasure for multiple playback. Saturday has all the ingredients for a true feast. Let’s stir as to avoid burning a good recipe and not for 789.
    Computaform please bring VAR back, without this rating the strongest info,,, time ,,,, is rather a watered down version.

  14. Lushan says:

    At the end of the day it up to the punter to play any horse he desires. Anything can happen dont be shocked if a 20/1 wins the met.

  15. Nico says:

    The reason why Celtic sea is bigger in odds than Queen Supreme is so simple. Celtic sea is thoroughly exposed Queen Supreme still has scope for me, No?

    The reason why Hawaam is shorter than Vardy is because everyone said put a line through Hawaams last run, and his much better, No?

    No rocket science there

  16. Shadrack says:

    DIA or hawwaam will win met

  17. Gman says:

    Congrats on all the hawwaam fans and Ryan moore backers.Hawwaam well beaten in top company again and same old run for rainbow bridge.Anyone reckon Gavin would have gone 1 better if he stayed on the ride?

  18. Gman says:

    I wonder what the excuse will be this time from MDK or did Anton have a bad race again.Geez these guys can sell horses to the public.ALL HYPED UP!!!

  19. Tim says:

    Hawwaam struggled to get 3rd from twist of fate who he is far superior to based on past form. Then one world battles it out with rainbow Bridge when one world is thought to be a miler. Gee whizz!!! This game!!

  20. Tracy Low says:

    Hawaam could do well to learn from his brother. Is there ever a more consistant honest ever trying horse in the country right now.

  21. Pieta says:

    McK and his team are not fools…..Hawaam has obviously shown them something and the owner was made aware of his potential….H with all the care cannot deliver over here and therefore his departure to UK…..I wish him well👍👍

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