MATHEW de Kock’s Onamission Syndicate, less than a year in existence, has an early track record that shows: Two runners, ten runs, four wins and a place. Total outlay: R240,000. Total return so far: R234,000. That’s good going with two young horses and a whole lot of fun within a year of purchase for syndicate members that include various 1% shareholders and the stable’s grooms.
Both Puget Sound and Saturday’s Turffontein winner Onamission were purchased at last year’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale and will qualify for the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup in November and a chance of sharing in the whopping R2,5-million stakes. Not quite what the 17 shareholders in Saturday’s $10-million Everest Sprint pocketed as a syndicate, but based on the same framework and undoubtedly destined for feature-race success on local shores, with more promising syndicate runners to race in due course.
Onamission (8-1), by Scott Bros’ stallion Crusade, posted her second win from six starts with a game win over stablemate Best Kept Secret. Callan Murray kept Onamission going well in a driving finish at the end of a 1200m contest and Mathew said: “She’s honest, I’m pleased we’ve done enough for the Ready To Run and she will win again.”
The filly’s owners comprise of the grooms, Colin Gordon, Trevor Quigley, Peter White, Brad and Brett Summers.
Silvano filly Silver Thursday had earlier opened the stable’s account with a fluent win over 1450m, running on powerfully from midfield under Anthony Delpech. The Varsfontein-bred is fast on the upgrade and Mike de Kock commented: “Silver Thursday is beginning to look like a stakes filly. She’s starting to put it together, this was impressive.”
Silver Thursday is a daughter of Silvano who races for Jessica Slack, Dr Andreas and Mrs Natalie Jacobs and Mrs John Magnier.