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De Kock Eyes The SA Triple Crown – Again!

Son of Silvano set to get even better over ground

On a red-letter evening for Drakenstein Stud, Smanga Khumalo produced recent Gr2 Dingaans winner Safe Passage under an animated left-handed ride to make it five wins on the trot with victory in the R1 million World Sports Betting Gr2 Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.

After the disappointment of Desert Miracle’s defeat – labelled ‘a debacle’ by the champion trainer – in the fairer sex equivalent, Mike de Kock must fancy his chances of making it a SA Triple Crown double after the recently retired new Ridgemont Highlands stallion Malmoos’ dramatic success a year earlier.

Smanga Khumalo drives Safe Passage to an impressive victory (Pic -JC Photos)

“Safe Passage is a helluva horse – I still want to see him over a mile and a half. This horse has got freakish heart-rates. I’m very happy for Drakenstein on their feature double and they are supporting Gauteng racing,” added De Kock.

While the complexion of the race changed dramatically over the final 350m, it was an impressive performance by Safe Passage, who was produced from midfield by Khumalo.

When Khumalo changed the crop to his left hand, Safe Passage (4-1) straightened like a class act and went on too powerfully to beat the low-flying Pyromaniac (25-1) by 1,50 lengths in a time of 99,61 secs.

Outofthedarkness (10-1) should be a serious proposition over further next time as he showed smart acceleration to fly up for third, ahead of the winner’s tote favourite stablemate, Aragosta (4-1).

Another Drakenstein home-bred to catch the eye, Safe Passage is by deceased champion stallion Silvano (Lomitas) out of My Sanctuary (Antonius Pius), whose four wins included the 2013 Gr2 The Debutante.

Safe Passage has won 5 races with 1 place from 7 starts for stakes of R993 562.

A bonus of R2 million will be paid to connections of the horse that wins all three legs of the WSB SA Triple Crown.

Safe Passage will enjoy the step up to the 1800m in the second leg, which is the R1,5 million Gr1 WSB SA Classic run at Turffontein on Saturday, 5 March.

The third leg of the series is the R1,5 million Gr1 WSB SA Derby run over 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday 2 April.

OFFICIAL RESULT:

TRAINER JOCKEY DISTANCE BETTING
1 ST 1 SAFE PASSAGE M F de Kock S Khumalo —– 4/1
2 ND 8 PYROMANIAC S G Tarry G Lerena 1,50 1,50 25/1
3 RD 5 OUTOFTHEDARKNESS J J van Vuuren K de Melo 1,25 2,75 10/1
4 TH 2 ARAGOSTA M F de Kock R Fourie 0,75 3,50 4/1
5 TH 7 SUPER EXCITED P F Matchett M Yeni 0,05 3,55 25/1

TIME OF RACE: 99.61 s

Tote Favourite 2 ARAGOSTA M F de Kock R Fourie 3,50 4/1

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12 comments on “De Kock Eyes The SA Triple Crown – Again!

  1. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Looked like a stroll in the park for Rain in Holland. Time of 99.74 compared to Safe Passage’s 99.61 as per your coverage of the two races.
    A mile and a half optimum for Safe Passage? That’s roundabout July Hcp distance – had a peek at HWB’s early July betting over the weekend – Safe Passage was’nt even amongst the 100/1’s (well it was’nt on the list at all).
    On another note, the jockey log is interesting mr Ed, Warren Kennedy leading by 143 winners, followed by Bling on 114 and Fourie on 96. Could get close with Richard now freelancing and still nearly half the seaon left.

    1. Editor says:

      Safe Passage 14,29-1 on VDJ antepost

  2. Editor says:

    RACE 7 : WORLD SPORTS BETTING GAUTENG GUINEAS (Grade 2): 1600M : (617)
    Starter: G Timm Loading: 1 min 58 secs No. of Runners: 11
    CARDED TIME: 18:40:00
    RESCHEDULED TIME: 19:20:00
    OFF TIME: 19:26:01
    PROVISIONAL RESULT: 19:29:40
    ALL CLEAR: 19:34:16

    THE START OF THIS RACE WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE FITTINGS ON PYROMANIAC HAVING TO BE
    CHANGED ON TWO OCCASIONS BEFORE THIS COLT COULD PROCEED TO THE START.
    THE STARTER REPORTED:
    a) ARAGOSTA (R Fourie), WILLIAM ROBERTSON (R Munger) and OUTOFTHEDARKNESS (K de Melo)
    were slow losing one length.
    b) RED SAXON (B Fayd’Herbe) jumped inwards leaving the stalls.
    THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED:
    a) SUPREME WARRIOR (G van Niekerk) over-raced in the early and middle stages and compounded
    from the 200m. In view of this performance, the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this colt.
    b) At approximately the 50m, SUPER EXCITED (M Yeni) was carried out marginally by RED SAXON (B
    Fayd’Herbe) which shifted out away from the crop and was immediately straightened.
    c) SAFE PASSAGE (S Khumalo), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis.
    Trainer M F de Kock advised (LN).
    d) PYROMANIAC (G Lerena), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis.
    Trainer S G Tarry advised (RS).
    e) OUTOFTHEDARKNESS (K de Melo), placed third, was selected for the taking of specimens for
    analysis (RS).
    JOCKEY CHANGES:
    None.
    RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER:
    None.
    THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED:
    a) WILLIAM ROBERTSON blowing and not striding out right hind.
    b) SUPREME WARRIOR blowing.
    c) HASTA MANANA blowing.

  3. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Hi mr Ed, what’s your opinion – could be a Drakenstein Stud Triple Crown/Tiara if last night’s Guineas winners go that route. A season full of drama is unfolding! .

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Neill
      Safe Passage certainly looks like he can only get better as they step up over the next two legs.
      Rain In Holland won really well too – but was that Desert Miracle’s best run? We have had some debate – DM was returning from a 9 week break following her Cape Town trip when beaten by Chansonette. Then she hit the front fairly early and tired. Does she even stay? If she does stay, then things could be a bit more interesting when she turns up fitter next time.
      As you say, drama and its interesting – and we have the SA Champions Season on the horizon, too.

  4. Ismail Laher says:

    Punters beware of hype by the media and some Traiiners on the ability of their horses being labeled super stars. We the punters sometimes get carried away by their hogwash comments.. On the other hand the ‘GOOD ONES ” are kept silent to meet their own ends. About time we stop listening to the media and most trainers for their comments and well being of their horses. The only people that get the right ones are the connected people like bookmakers. The quicker u get rid of the bookmakers the better for the game including cleaning up the mess created by bookmakers sponsoring jockeys trainers grooms etc. The dignity of the sport and punters have been compromised.

  5. Tim Visser says:

    Hi Ed. From what I read on the sporting post, it was jockey error on desert miracle. Everyone wants to know what the miracle game plan was.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Tim
      We did not say it was it was ‘jockey error’.
      All our readers are entitled to an opinion.
      We will endeavour to ascertain what the game plan was.

  6. Tim Visser says:

    Dear Ed, above i stated that I read on sporting post. I did not say that sporting post said jockey error. What I was referring to was sporting post quoting Mr De Kock as saying the ride was unacceptable. Many thanks to ascertain what this miracle game plan was. According to Richard Fourie in the post race interview, there was not much of a pace on, that is why I’m finding it difficult to understand the jockey error.

  7. Pat Hellriegel says:

    Don’t think De Kock knows how to read a race. Always the first trainer to blame a jockey. Think Lerena rode a perfect race from that draw and in my opinion the horse hit a “brick” wall.

    1. Editor says:

      If Mike de Kock doesn’t know how to read a race, Pat, the he must be a very lucky Gr1 winning trainer.

      https://sportingpost.wpengine.com/2018/07/gr1-premiers-champion-stakes-2018-review-magic-mike-matches-maestro-millard/

  8. Jonathan Shaw says:

    Khumalo at his very best!!!!!

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