TWO hard knockers from the stable scored quick follow-up wins at the weekend.
Casciano, driven to the line by Anthony Delpech to win his Maiden over 1400m at Scottsville three weeks ago, enjoyed a step up in trip to a mile on Greyville’s Poltytrack, Friday night. The three-year-old colt by Kahal stayed on to win narrowly again, this time under Muzi Yeni.
Muzi Yeni wins on Casciano.
Casciano, who races for Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai, is on his way now to recovering his purchase price of R300,000. He looks to have some courage and scope in his frame and has a stout pedigree, which will give the stable confidence to try him over more ground as he matures.
Four-year-old Guy From Dubai is also proving his versatility.
A fortnight ago the gelding by Right Approach won a handicap over the testing 2600m at Turffontein; he followed up on sand at the Vaal Saturday, winning an 1800m handicap on Emerald Cup day in the hands of Marco van Rensburg.
Guy From Dubai, comfortable racing on sand.
Not too long ago Guy From Dubai was stuck in the Maidens with no wins from eight runs. Now, he’s won from 1600m to 2600m, seems equally good on turf and sand and his career chart reads 13 runs for 3 wins , 7 places and R274,000 in stakes for Mike de Kock, who races the Wilgerbosdrift-bred in his own familiar white silks with a bright red maltese cross.
Since his merit rating on sand had not been established before this race, Guy From Dubai came in at the lower end of the weight scale. He gives the impression, however, that even off higher weights he’s number will go up in the frame a few more times. Perhaps Mike’s found himself a handy ATM machine here – evidently this one won’t charge exorbitant fees when accessed at different venues!