SPORTING broad smiles for the camera at Summerveld on Friday are four-year-old filly Flirtation and her groom, “Longman”, who believes the 2010 Summer Cup winner has a better than 25-1 chance for Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July.
Fllirtation, the mount of Gavin Lerena, is one of five Mike de Kock runners who will come under starter’s orders in South Africa’s most famous race.
Igugu with her groom, Lindile Dyantyi.
The stable’s first choice and the public’s favourite, Igugu (22-10), was full of zip and in the mood to take off the lensman’s arm when photographed in her stable, while her older stablemates and betting outsiders Captain’s Wild (66-1) and Safwan (125-1) were more laid back.
Captain’s Wild, shaping as a value place bet.
Galileo’s Destiny’s (6-1), with shiny coat and also in a relaxed frame of mind when taken out of his stable for a snap shot, is considered well weighted and is strongly fancied to win by his jockey, Kevin Shea.
Galileo’s Destiny with his groom, David Blai.
Mike de Kock, who hosted a cocktail party in Umhlanga on Thursday, commented: “Kevin is bullish about winning on Galileo’s Destiny and I respect that, but Anthony Delpech is just as confident he’ll win on Igugu. He was right with Bold Silvano last year.”
Mike added: “I am really happy with the shape of our runners this year, they’re all very well.”
Anthony Delpech: Expecting to win it.
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