FIVE runners from Mike de Kock’s yard, including the first four past the post in the SABC Gold Vase, have been accepted for next Saturday’s eLan Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville.
De Kock said that Gold Vase winner Enaad was perhaps the best of the five, but did suggest that Weichong Marwing’s mount,The Centenary, was one to keep an eye on.
The Centenary, upset chance.
He said of the New Zealand-bred filly: “She is out of a Montjeu mare and I believe she will get the trip. Richard Fourie got off last time when she ran second to Punta Arenas and was very impressed with her. She’s a game filly and she looks like a stayer. I’m quite confident she will run well.”
De Kock considers Enaad, who is at 10-1, as very well handicapped. He said: “Enaad put up a very good performance in the Gold Vase and the only reason I wasn’t more confident was because I did feel he was suspect over the distance.
“He is now stronger, better and more mature and I would say he is the best of the five. However, he is drawn wide and that is a problem. I know the race is over 3200m and barrier positions are less relevant but for me, a bad draw is a bad draw.
“If you are well drawn you can often get a position for nothing but off a wide draw you always have to work to get a position. But a lot can happen over two miles.”
Gold Vase winning jockey S’manga Khumalo retains the ride.
Betting World’s Gold Cup betting board:
9-2 Cape Speed
8-1 Helderberg Blue, Arch Rival
9-1 Master Sabina, Ovidio
11-1 The Centenary
12-1 Balance Sheet, Kingston Mines, Solar Star, Zafira
14-1 Coltrane, Smart Mart
18-1 Stebbins, Kinaan
35-1 Fortune Fella