Owner Brennan’s Vaal win

DUBLIN Quays was an eye-catching debut winner for London-based owner Dale Brennan in Race 2 over 1000m at the Vaal on Tuesday, coming home with a strong finishing run under jockey Diego De Gouveia.

Originally called ‘Tall Cotton’, two-year-old Dublin Quays was unsold at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, but the son of Trippi and Pacific Dynasty went for R900,000 at the CTS Ready To Run Sale last year, bought by Gary Woods and Chris Santos of Empire International Bloodstock.

Santos said: “Dublin Quays went to Chesney van Zyl, but was transferred to Mike de Kock when Chesney moved to Durban. Dale Brennan is one of our top clients, he is an Irish businessman who races horses in the UK, Dubai and now in South Africa, we are very pleased for him.”

Mike de Kock also shared his congratulations to Brennan and said: “I was introduced to him in Dubai by TV journalist Richie Persad.  We had a game of golf, he loves his golf like I do, and we struck up a friendship. Dublin Quays is a nice type of horse, he will win his races. We need more owners of Dale’s standing to invest in our industry, and we are thankful for his support.”

As for the re-naming of the horse, Brennan himself wrote on Facebook: “That’s one for granny, she had a wool shop on Eden quay in the thirties, she went on a cruise to South Africa when she retired and she bloody loved it there!”