MIKE de Kock gives his comments on the stable’s runners for Summer Cup Day, starting with the Dingaans.
INVESTEC DINGAANS (Race 6)
All three are doing very well. I’m expecting good runs from all of them. Heavenly Blue is your typical Classic horse. I haven’t got to bottom of him yet. I thought he ran a cracker last time. It was too short and he raced too green. He’s a big runner but if he does have a shortcoming, it’s his inexperience. Bold Rex was well out at the weights and ran just 1.25 lengths behind the Summer Cup favourite (Liege at the time). He ran to a merit rating of 108 in that race. I think he is probably comfortable around 1600m and 1800m. He is very fit right now. One has to question the form of the race Janoobi won last time but I like the way he ran. He was drawn wide and (Piere) Strydom had to make a lot of use of him to get to the front. This time he’s drawn No 3 and he can be there for nothing.
In theory the distance should not be a problem for Dame Eleanor. Not an easy filly to train because she’s very light and can do too much. Needs pace and needs to settle.
RACING ASSOCIATION HANDICAP (Race 9)
I’m quite happy with all of their preps. Enaad is probably at his peak but they gave him a 10-pound (5kg) penalty for his Gold Cup win which is ridiculous. As a result I must lean towards Kinaan. He disappointed with his last effort but he is better than that. I’m not sure if Kingmambo’s Legacy will see it out, it could be tough for him.
THE CITIZEN MERCHANTS (Race 4)
With Moofeed what you see is what you get. He is honest and should be included in Swinger and Quartet.
Tharoos is a nice type of horse. He was gelded off that maiden win. He is a horse with ability and I don’t think he will be a maiden winner only.
My Angelface is quite a nice filly. She probably wants further but I wouldn’t leave her out of anything. She’s definitely going to win races.
Photo: Kinaan, chance in RA Handicap.