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Classic Malmoos Heads For Derby

Captain Al's smart son sets up his date with glory

Mike de Kock’s ‘real deal’ Malmoos gets his golden opportunity to join the illustrious ranks of past SA Triple Crown stars Horse Chestnut, Louis The King and Abashiri when he lines up at the 2450m start of the WSB Gr1 SA Derby at Turffontein on 3 April.

Malmoos (5-2) booked the space for his partly written entry into the SA horseracing history books with a scintillating score in Saturday’s R750 000 WSB Gr1 SA Classic at Turffontein.

The big-hitting son of champion Captain Al was, as expected, ridden with more restraint over the 1800m trip on Saturday after being placed under pressure by Catch Twentytwo late in his Gauteng Guineas strike at his last, and the plan worked a charm.

Luke Ferraris has the magnificent Malmoos in total control at the finish (Pic – JC Photos)

Avontuur jockey Luke Ferraris has been aboard at all of Malmoos’ seven starts.

The past SA Champion Apprentice rode a peach of a race on this really smart 3yo, who was settled in midfield before boldly clicking into top gear at the 300m.

He went all the way with impressive resolve to resist the challenge of the gallant Sea Cottage Stakes winner, Second Base (7-2) by two lengths in a time of 110,18 secs.

Catch Twentytwo appeared to have run in snatches and only came on the scene when the race was over to finish a further quarter length back in third. He shouldn’t be written off!

Luke Ferraris said that given the fact that Malmoos was going 1800m for the first time he was reluctant to be up there.

“This was really impressive – he gives me goosebumps when he starts to unwind down the home straight!”

Mike de Kock joked that Luke was the third Ferraris he had had dealings with – and probably the only one who has done him a favour!

“It was obvious that the further he goes the better he gets. He had tightened up today.,” he added.

Malmoos has won 6 of his 7 starts – his sole blank remains the Cape Guineas unplaced effort – and he has now earned R1 037 100.

As a full brother to the dual Group-winning stayer Captain Splendid, the confidence that he will get the 2450m of the Derby next month appears well founded.

The well-related Malmoos is by Captain Al (Al Mufti) out of the Spook Express Handicap winner Justthewayyouare, a half-sister to Varsfontein’s boom sire Master Of My Fate.

The second top lot at R4,4 million sold off the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, he races for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, who advised recently that his racing operation in the Southern Hemisphere will be rationalised.

The final leg of the WSB SA Triple Crown will be run at Turffontein on 3 April. It’s now become a massive day with both sexes in line for the top honour after War Of Athena’s smashing victory in the Wilgerbosdrift Gr1 SA Fillies Classic earlier on in the afternoon.

Malmoos is now in line for the Triple Crown bonus of R2 million payable to the connections of the horse that wins all three legs.

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14 comments on “Classic Malmoos Heads For Derby

  1. Shadrack khosa says:

    Malmoos will win the derby

  2. Editor says:

    a) CATCH TWENTYTWO (G Lerena) and COPPER MOUNTAIN (C Murray) were slow losing one length.
    b) SECOND BASE (C Maujean) jumped outwards and DR DOOLITTLE (W Kennedy) jumped awkwardly
    leaving the stalls.
    a) CATCH TWENTYTWO (G Lerena) hung in from the 400m.
    b) MALMOOS (L J Ferraris) hung in from the 200m.
    c) MALMOOS (L J Ferraris), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Assistant
    Trainer D de Kock advised (AH).
    d) SECOND BASE (C Maujean), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis.
    Trainer J J van Vuuren advised (LN).
    e) CATCH TWENTYTWO (G Lerena), placed third, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis.
    Trainer P A Peter advised (AH).
    Jockey G Lerena was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use
    of the crop) in that he struck CATCH TWENTYTWO more than twelve times in the entire race. Jockey
    Lerena signed an Admission of Guilt and a fine of R1500 was imposed.
    When assessing the penalty, the Board took into consideration the number of times (16) and the fact
    that it was a Grade 1 Event.
    a) AL MUTHANA (AUS) injured in transit (NHA / 14H24) (Rule 53.5 applies).

  3. LR Mulligan says:

    Thank you for sharing Editor, this is awesome information and insight

  4. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…MDK vs Justin Snaith are you F…… Joking,,the man came he saw and he conquered not only in SA but around the world…How dare they mention Snaith in the same breathe as Sir MDK but then again people posting on the site are mostly from the Cape and are brain dead….MDK boxed boxed with the best not only in SA but worldwide….What more would the Cape Clowns wanna see from the Master ?Justin here’s a good tip for you my buddy,,avoid coming up to JHB know matter how tempting it might look and sound,,you’re be on your way to Table Mountain long before your post cards even arrive,, albiet it could be a unbelievably learning experience for you,, it will really add tremendous value to your Cape Town portfolio… How’s my other super star doing Luke Cool Head Ferraris ?Cool Head is in a different league,, Mr Orman Ferraris and David,,the Kid is ready to take on the best in world…I wonder who’s laughing now,, remember when I compared the Kid to our past world champions the likes of BL MR GT MS WM RS JL…Apologies to all for being 1 step ahead in the game..Love to the Cape

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Nah disagree, Sir MdK is a has been, very average lately since the son left for Aus and not so many Sheikh horses. His future is in racing administration, TV talk shows, panels …

    In Rural areas battery acid is mix in traditional beer, but not for me. Not advisable to drink it neat, it’ll affect clear thinking….

    Albert Falls Greetings

  6. Vivian DE Wett says:

    Malmoos is the champ wl win d derby with ease.

  7. Shadrack khosa says:

    Truly speaking no trainers in south Africa can match de kock look at dubai world cup carnival he won derbies goldphin miles. qeii in hong kong.Singapore airlines hong Kong cup.


    Good on You, Mrs De Wett.

    I felt that Malmoos fell over the line in his 1600m win, so 1800m would be beyond him.

    I’m off to SpecSavers tomorrow.

    He certainly travels smoothly into contention.

  9. Michael Jacobs says:

    Malmoos won impressively, however he only beat Gauteng horses. When he did come to Cape Town he was soundly beaten. So I will not read too much into this form yet, we all know what happened with Hawwaam a few years ago!

    Let’s wish him well for the triple-crown, and then hopefully the top guns all meet in the Daily News and the July. Kommetdieding, Rascallion, Jet Dark, Linebacker, MK’s Pride and maybe evrn Captain’s Ransom!

  10. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Michael Jacob,, your comment just confirms that you haven’t the slightest idea about horseracing,, if MKs Pride stays futher than a mile I’ll buy you a farm in Monaco,, and by you not mentioning Russian Rock also confirms that you are as blind as a bat,, ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS… Unfortunately JHB (MEN) can’t help if the Cape boys don’t wanna box in our ring,, then again if one see’s Snaiths stats then one would understand his reasoning for not showing up,, 50 odd runners and only 5 winners Lol…anyway let me end off by assuming that you think that Anton Marcus is a liar,, after mentioning that Hawwaam was the best he sat on…when Justin pitches up one day make sure to tag along,, I’ll sharpen you up at no cost,, you poor fish


    How about Anton Marcus’s version of why he decided to get off Edict of Nantes, a few days before the running of the Cape Derby.

    He then opted to ride Table Bay.

    By chance, Frankie Dettori was in town. Guess what, Frankie, E of Nantes won impressively by 1.75l.

    Was Frankie Zackey in town ?


    Frankie, don’t be a pap snoek, my cuzzie ?

  13. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Superman also lost out last year’s Cape Derby by accepting to ride Cane Lime Soda instead of Golden Ducat, brother off a very famous horse ….

  14. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…how can you forget the 2016 Vodacom July William and Cecil ? The biggest certaintee at the weights was The Conglomerate but AM a master at studying form opted to ride ST Tropez …Lol…being a good thing at the weights to now a sure thing after the announcement was made that Pierre Strydom is aboard

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