Mike de Kock has won the G1 Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth three times, starting with Emerald Beauty (2003), and followed by Rumya (2012) and Majmu (2014). He’s also posted a few seconds in this three-year-old classic. Workmanlike Silver Sanctuary does not come into Saturday’s 2023 renewal with the same glowing reputation, but she doesn’t lack quality and having won over a mile twice in five career starts puts her in the eachway value category at Betway’s current quoted, ante-post price of 7.5-1.
The Betway Ambassador is in Cape Town and will be saddling the blood sister to Safe Passage in a race where there is plenty of pace around and a fast clip will suit Silver Sanctuary, who invariably does her best work late in her races and will be running at them.
Mike said: “She travelled very well and it will be good to see how she goes against the leading locals. She’s not out of it, she’s game and tries hard, and is worth including in your play.”
He sent last week’s Summer Cup runner Aragosta to the Cape alongside Silver Sanctuary for the Summer Stayers and said: “He was short of peak fitness last week, as we reported, but ran a good race to Royal Victory, staying on. He came out of the race so well we decided to raid and give the stayers contest a go. He travelled well too, seems to like Richard Fourie’s handling and I’d put him into exotics, for sure.”