Long success story

MIKE de Kock trained his first winner for his old school buddy and colleague David Ferraris when Aqua Delta won his 1200m debut at the Vaal on Thursday.

Aqua Delta, sensible first time out, raced handy and looked good lengthening his stride at the 250m mark to strike the front under Randall Simons. He ran on steadily and won well.

All round, the connections were chuffed because this is an extended success story that goes way back in time.

First of all, Mike and David attended Alberton High School together and later both worked as assistants for Ormond Ferraris at Turffontein.

The next thread in this tapestry is that Mike trained Aqua Delta’s sire, Soft Falling Rain. He also imported and won a race with his dam, Destinta Wells.

Aqua Delta wins.

Aqua Delta wins.

Ormond Ferraris picked Aqua Delta, a Cheveley-bred, at the BSA National Sale and David Ferraris commented from Hong Kong: “I was at the sale when my dad bought him, he wasn’t an expensive horse.

“Mike and Mathew have done a fantastic job with him, it was exciting to watch and it’s uncanny how close it all is with Mike having trained his family. They gave us confidence, it was a super win and I think we’ll have a bit of fun with him.”

“I own Aqua Delta along with my brother Paul and his business associate Stephen Hodgson. We were all sitting in Paul’s pub in Hurlingham when we named him Aqua Delta. Paul claims he named him, but Stephen says the same!”

Aqua Delta races in David’s white silks with an orange hoop, first issued to his grandfather back in the 1950s.