Anthony Delpech booted home Assogia Wood to a good win in a MR94 handicap over 1450m, starting at surprisingly long odds of around 10-1 considering his handy galloping weight, good draw and the fact that he was distance suited.
Assogia Wood kicked again, ran on well.
Assogia Wood has been tried over 1800m and 2000m, but both his wins prior to this one came over 1400m and shrewd punters helped themselves to his generous price, up to 11-1 on the betting exchange Interbet.
With the factors in his favour and a good draw to boot, Assogia Wood would be well off trying front-running tacticts and after a good jump that is exactly what Delpech employed. The gelding by Fort Wood galloped strongly throughout and kicked again when challenged late, to win going away.
“He’s a didficult ride because he pulls, but he settled after his good start today and set a good pace, it worked for him,” Delpech said. “Well done to owner Raymond Koedyk, we’ve had a good run of winners recently.”
Another Fort Wood offspring, Al Kindi, opened the De Kock account at Scottsville in Race 1 over 1200m, leading from pillar to post also. (headline photo).
Two-year-old Al Kindi was bred by Moutonshoek Stud from the mare Arabian Secret, who was raced by the Haynes family, Gary Grant and Mike de Kock, who own this one in partnership with her breeder, Chris Gerber.
“Al Kindi was the right filly on form and nothing was backed to beat her. We expected her to win easily and she did,” said Delpech.
Muzi Yeni held the reins of Sheikh Mohammmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Western Winter filly Besma, another gun-to-tape winner for the yard, this one coming in Race 9 over 1200m.
Yeni commented: “Besma is a filly with handicap prospects and she will be better over 1400m to a mile, but in this line-up she had the pace, they couldn’t go with her.”