“DAQEEQ & Coyote” sounds like a brand, something like “Dolce & Gabbana”, and while they’re a pair of two-year-old colts and not luxury handbags, the stable will be hoping that this pair of juveniles can be in fashion throughout the season.
Daqeeq and Coyote both won, first time out, in Maiden Juvenile Plates recently and on their pedigrees there are hopes that they can go on from here.
Daqeeq, sand pedigree.
Daqeeq, who races for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum made his debut over 1200m on turf at the Vaal and justified strong favouritism with a two-length success under Weichong Marwing. He’s by former Dubai World Cup winner Medaglio D’Oro and Mike de Kock commented: “Daqeeq has a US sand pedigree and he’s the type of horse we’d like to take to Dubai, but he will have to be exposed to stronger horses on turf as we go along and we’ll play it by ear. He’s a nice horse.”
Coyote, in turn, is a son of Fort Wood, – there aren’t many around – and he was bred at Rosedene Stud from the Kabool mare Warmonger, who was also raced by partners De Kock, Gary Grant and Chris Haynes.
Coyote raced over 1200m on Greyville’s Polytrack in the hands of Anton Marcus and won well too, with 1.50-lengths to spare at the line.
Grant commented: “We own and raced the dam, Warmonger, she was only a one-time winner but we like Coyote, he should win a few more. He went to the CTS Book 2 Sale, we bought him back for R175,000 and then went to R475,000 to get him at the CTS Ready To Run Sale.
“Coyote is bred to stay, so Mike was impressed with his sprint, the way he ran strongly to the line over a distance too short.”
Coyote, watch over further.