She’ll stay all day!

TWO-year-olds seldom win over 2000m against older horses, let alone [Read more…]

Rider Cup on Sunday

THE teams representing the Highveld Hawks; Cape Eagles and KZN Falcons at the annual New Turf Carriers Inter-Provincial Rider Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday 21 July have been finalised.

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Comments, 13 July

HERE is a short interview package for Turffontein, Saturday, featuring Clayton [Read more…]

After the drama

IT wasn’t to be our day at Greyville.  Just seconds before the start of the 2019 Vodacom Durban July our runner and the race favourite, Hawwaam,  reared up in the stalls on being loaded. He bumped himself on his hindquarters, was clearly lame after the incident and had to be withdrawn by Dr Roehann Sutherland, the course veterinarian.

An big roar of disappointment went up from the crowd, but as it turned out Do It Again became the new favourite on the tote and tickets on Hawwaam qualified for the respective exotic bets.

This image shows Hawwaam at the moment of rearing up, and just before backing out of the gates and bumping himself.

This image shows Hawwaam at the moment of rearing up, and just before backing out of the gates and bumping himself.

While it would have been great to see how Hawwaam would shape against the big guns like Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge, this is the game of horseracing and Mike de Kock said: “Hawwaam just got a “lammie” (lamey) – a bump on his quarters and was temporarily lame. He was walking fine 10 minutes after the race.

“Dr Sutherland did the correct thing, scratching him, and I thank him for that. Our horse is alive, he is fine and there isn’t a mark on him. That Twist Of Fate ran so well suggests that Hawwaam would have been right there at the finish too, but that’s conjecture.  We will live to fight another day.”

A decision will be made on whether Hawwaam will return to contest the Champion Stakes at month-end.


A final word before VDJ

MIKE de Kock has a high regard for his Vodacom Durban July favourite [Read more…]

Mathews views, 30/7

JUST a handful of runners from the yard at Turffontein today, [Read more…]

Mdk praises initiative

MIKE de Kock has hailed the Gold Circle – Hollywoodbets racecourse [Read more…]

Sunday race comments

MATHEW de  Kock is included in Sunday’s racing comments package presented by Andrew Bon and covering the Turffontein meeting.

RIP, Johan van Eck

MIKE de Kock has paid tribute to colleague Johan van Eck, who died, [Read more…]

Mdk receives apology

PURSUANT to case no 18369/18 in the Cape High Court in the matter between [Read more…]