De Kock Draws Gold

Avontuur Estate Fillies Guineas takes shape


Unbeaten – De Kock’s New Zealand-bred Rumya looks like something special and has drawn 1

Trainer Mike De Kock strengthened his R750 000 Gr 1 Avontuur Fillies Guineas claims when he drew the extreme inside draws for his top-class fillies Rumya and Festival Of Fire at a festive draw ceremony held at the beautiful Boland wine and equine estate this afternoon.

The function, attended by various personalities from the racing industry and the media, forms part of the build-up to one of the leading events of the Cape’s Sizzling Summer Season to be held on Saturday 8 December at Kenilworth Racecourse.

The Avontuur Estate race day will be combined for the first time this year with the fun and international flavour of the “Inter-Continental Village” concept, which is has proved such a  resounding success in Johannesburg.

The sixteen-strong field includes five out-of-towners. Interestingly De Kock’s pair are carded to run in Saturday’s Gr2 Ipi Tome Challenge at Turffontein. Their withdrawal from either race would be a blow to the sponsors and the respective local punting public.

Sean Tarry’s Amber Orchid is also scheduled to run at Turffontein. She has drawn at 2 in the Gr3 Fillies Mile.

The local challenge is headed by Vaughan Marshall’s recent Choice Carriers Championship winner All Is Secret, who is to be ridden by SA Champion jockey Anton Marcus.

Thumbs Up! Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh is looking forward to the big day

According to Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh, when approached to host the “Village” on this first big race day of the Cape Summer Season, she immediately saw the benefits for the Avontuur event. “I was lucky enough to attend the race day in Johannesburg a year or so ago and couldn’t believe the interest from the general public with nearly 20 000 visitors thronging the course environs to support their nationalities’ stands, music, food and crafts!  With a charity angle added to the main race whereby each horse participating carries a donation amount, the event is even more worthwhile, “ she says.

The supporting features on the day includes the Gr2 Southern Cross Stakes and the Listed Southeaster Sprint.

The Fields:
Race-8 R 750,000 1600m 00:00 Ref-0 
For 3 year-old Fillies 

1 2 FESTIVAL OF FIRE 58.0 101 A …………… Mike de Kock
2 13 HAMMIE’S HOOKER 58.0 101 A K Neisius Mike Bass
3 10 ALL IS SECRET 58.0 100 AT A Marcus Vaughan Marsh
4 1 RUMYA (NZ) 58.0 100 A …………… Mike de Kock
5 15 BUTTERFLY GIRL 58.0 93 A B Fayd’Herbe Mike Bass
6 7 GIRL’S BEST FRIEND 58.0 93 BA G Schlechter Riaan Van Ree
7 14 EARTH’S ORBIT 58.0 92 A M Yeni Justin Snaith
8 12 INTIMATECONNECTION 58.0 92 A A Domeyer Mike Bass
9 17 BLUERIDGE MOUNTAIN 58.0 91 A G Hatt Gary Alexande
10 4 BOIS DE BOULOGNE 58.0 90 BA M Byleveld Michael Robin
11 5 JET AGLOW 58.0 89 A G van Niekerk Glen Kotzen
12 11 MURMERING SKY 58.0 89 A S Cormack Dennis Drier
13 9 AMBER ORCHID (AUS) 58.0 87 A G Lerena Sean Tarry
14 16 CAPTAINOFMYSOUL 58.0 87 A …………… Justin Snaith
15 6 COUNT TO TEN 58.0 86 A K Teetan Justin Snaith
16 18 STAR JET 58.0 86 BA G Behr Michael Robin

Reserve Runners

17 3 MISS SAIGON 58.0 82 A Reserve 1 Joey Ramsden
18 8 JET SUPREME 58.0 80 A Reserve 2 Justin Snaith

(1,4) (2,5,8) (7,14,15,18) (10,16)
Race-6 R 125,000 1100m 00:00 Ref-0 
WFA: 3yrs-4.0kgs

1 8 CAP ALRIGHT 63.0 110 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
2 5 DIVINE JET 61.0 106 A K Neisius Dean Kannemey
3 4 JINZO 61.0 106 CA C Puller Garth Puller
4 7 CASEY COOL 58.0 100 A G Schlechter Darryl Hodgso
5 1 SHADES OF INDIGO 57.5 99 BA A Delpech Joey Ramsden
6 10 GREAT FOX 54.5 93 A M Yeni Justin Snaith
7 6 CAPTAIN HARRY 54.0 92 A S Cormack Eric Sands
8 2 TWITTER 52.5 97 A K Teetan Brett Crawfor
9 9 THE WEST IS WIDE 52.0 93 A M Byleveld Vaughan Marsh
10 3 HAPPY FOREVER 52.0 88 A G Hatt Joey Ramsden

(1,6) (5,10)

Race-7 R 200,000 1000m 00:00 Ref-0 
For Fillies and Mares 
WFA: 3yrs-4.0kgs

1 10 WELWITSCHIA (GB) 60.0 112 A A Delpech Mike de Kock
2 1 COMTESSE DUBOIS 60.0 99 A M Yeni Justin Snaith
3 9 TORRA BAY (AUS) 60.0 96 A S Cormack Dennis Drier
4 4 MISS OCTOBER 60.0 93 A M Byleveld Dennis Drier
5 6 REFLECTIVE IMAGE 60.0 91 A K Teetan Brett Crawfor
6 11 SPLENDID SUN 60.0 86 A B Fayd’Herbe Mike Bass
7 2 VIA AFRICA 56.0 98 A A Forbes Duncan Howell
8 8 VALDIVIA 56.0 96 A G Lerena Vaughan Marsh
9 7 AGRA 56.0 94 A A Marcus Justin Snaith
10 5 VICTORIAN SECRET 56.0 86 A G Hatt Justin Snaith
11 3 VARIKATE 56.0 85 A K Neisius Justin Snaith

(2,9,10,11) (3,4)

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