TWO ace runners from South African stables have joined Mike de Kock’s string for the Dubai International Racing Carnival in 2016.
Liquid Mercury is a four-year-old grey gelding by Trippi raised at Drakenstein Stud. Formerly in the care of Joey Ramsden, he’s won five of 11 starts including the Gr3 Cape Winter Derby. He was also placed in the Gr1 Cape Derby – third to another Dubai-bound, Ertijaal.
One of the leading runners of his generation, six-year-old Maine Chance-bred Tellina has only four wins to show from 25 runs, but the Silvano gelding is a quality type with a Gr2 Guineas and the Gr3 Wolf Power Handicap to his name. He’s showed his mettle against the best for trainer Geoff Woodruff and has been unlucky at times, getting places in among others, the Durban July (3rd and 4th in respective years); and the J&B Met (4th).
Mike said: “Liquid Mercury is a smart sort. He was purchased for the stable from Joey Ramsden’s yard by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, while the well-performed Tellina was given to us for this campaign by Dr Andreas Jacobs.”
The pair form part of a small De Kock contingent presently in Mauritius and due to depart for Newmarket, UK, en route to Dubai on 3 November 2015.