MIKE de Kock was pleased with both two-year-old winners saddled by his KwaZulu-Natal team at Scottsville on Sunday.
Speaking from the UK, where he is overseeing the preparation of Beverly D contender River Jetez at Newmarket, Mike said he was excited to have sent out his first winner sired by Grey’s Inn as well s a well-related filly by Western Winter, both notching their first wins over 1400m, and doing so impressively.
Canterbury Tale (headline photo), a colt by Grey’s Inn from the four-time winning mare Classique Story, justified strong betting support with a two-length success under Anton Marcus. Bred by Avontuur Stud, Canterbury Tale was a R525,000 purchase for Markus and Ingrid Jooste at the 2010 Emperors National Yearling Sale.
Travel Up Front, winner’s circle. (Photos by Gold Circle).
Travel Up Front, a daughter of smart six-time winning mare Travel in Front, is a full-sister to Waves Of Winter (10 wins) and Bound To Travel (5 wins), from a family of good stayers. She scored a commanding 5.25 length victory under Anthony Delpech for Lammerkraal Stud’s Mike Rattray, and won’t stop here.
“They are promising, scopy horses and we’ll be looking for bigger things from both,” commented Mike.
Runner comments, Scottsville and Turffontein