TWO-year-old Forries Waltz will be going into quarantine on Monday morning as a member of Mike de Kock’s select South African group destined for racing at the 2015 Dubai International Carnival.
The colt by Grey’s Inn remained unbeaten and recorded his hat-trick for jockey Warren Kennedy with a half-a-length success in Saturday’s Listed Gatecrasher Stakes over 1450m at Clairwood. (See headline photo, courtesy of Gold Circle).
“Forries Waltz is talented and being out of a Rich Man’s Gold mare he will take to the dirt in Dubai,” Mike commented on Sunday evening before boarding a flight to London – en route to his Newmarket stables.
He added: “That Forries Waltz has been doing so well over distances short of his best gives us even more confidence. He’s won a handicap against older horses too, this doesn’t happen too often.” Mike owns Forries Waltz in partnership with Chris Gerber. The colt was raised at Rennie Price’s Wicklow Stud.
Love To Sail: Won after having it all to do. (JC Photos).
Ascot Stud, like Wicklow situated in the Eastern Cape, bred the stable’s other weekend winner, Love To Sail (S’Manga Khumalo), a debut winner against winners in a Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1160m at Turffontein.
Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock explained the merit in this win, saying: “Love To Sail was very green, she got a bad bump leaving the pens and had it all to do from there. She has obvious ability; she was under pressure from the word go and still won a good race.”
Interestingly Love To Sail’s time of 67,32s was almost a second faster than the time recorded by Mighty Manzi, who won the equivalent race for two-year-old colts just a little later. This will give her owners Dr Ashley Parker, Hedley and son Travis McGrath, and Mark Wright plenty of hope for her beckoning career.
Love To Sail is by Sail From Seattle from a mare by Sadler’s Wells and was a R425,000 purchase at the 2013 Emperors National Yearling Sale.