PEARL of Bahrain, who brings some fair Gr2 form into Saturday’s Listed Oaks Trial over 2000m Turffontein, could give Mike de Kock’s yard a follow-up win in this race after Belle Rose held on to beat Wind Chill in this contest last year.
Both last year’s winner and runner-up were rated 85, but Pearl Of Bahrain is probably a few points better than her current 79 and Mathew de Kock said: “I give her a good eachway chance. She ran a fair race in stronger company last time when she’s in the deep end, she is looking for this trip and I’d give her good eachway chance.”
Mathew said that Glamorous Scandal was “similar type of filly” who is also likely to enjoy 2000m and had a place chance, while Zargun, on pedigree, is also certain to stay but was more limited than her stablemates.
Mathew was confident that Hakeem could win the Listed Derby Trial and said: “If he stays I think he will go very close. There is a question mark as he is by Redoute’s Choice, but his damline is stout and he’s working very well.”
Both The Dazzler and Big Parade won’t have a problem seeing out 2000m. The Dazzler is considered to have place prospects but Big Parade will need to lift his game. “Big Parade is becoming lazy in work and in races and if he doesn’t shape tomorrow we will recommend to owner Costa Livanos that he be gelded.”
Sir David Baird is the stable’s representative in the Gr2 Senor Santa Stakes and Mathew said: “He’s very speedy so we trying something different, we’re bringing him back in trip. He’s well, has a chance.”
Dame Eleanor ran on strongly in a handicap won by Schippers last week and Mathew reckons she has a big chance. “She was unlucky last time, she is an older filly with a handy weight and in with a shout here. Best Kept Secret is slightly under sufferance, she is honest and has a place chance.”