Horse Chestnut entries

NOTHER Russia and Orchid Island (photo) are among the entries for [Read more…]

The Paddock pair

MIKE de Kock has a formidable pair of fillies in Saturday’s Gr1 Cartier Paddock [Read more…]

Mat on Orchid Island

MATHEW de Kock speaks about Orchid Island, who has been installed favourite [Read more…]

Two knockout Gr 1 wins!

MATHEW de Kock described Mike de Kock’s mood in Sydney, Australia as “over [Read more…]

Mat’s runner comments, Turffies

“WE’re chipping away to get to 3000 winners,” said Mathew de Kock after [Read more…]

Orchid Island shows her class

THE Listed Sea Cottage Stakes for three-year-olds over 1800m at Turffontein  is traditionally a race contested by colts and geldings and Mary Slack’s filly Orchid Island was going to be up against it from the word go on Saturday

She showed, however, that she is well above average by giving her male rivals a galloping lesson under Anthony Delpech, who was quickly off the mark this weekend with a few winners after his injury-enforced layoff.

Orchid Island won by four lengths. (JC Photos)

Mathew de Kock commented: “Orchid Island is a granddaughter of Ilha Da Vitoria and she’s a very small filly like the rest of the family, but she can run like them too. In 2015 we won this race with Ertijaal prior to his win in the Cape Derby and last year Mike Azzie won it with Abashiri who went on to the Triple Crown, so it’s a good pointer to ability.”

Orchid Island stamped herself as a classic prospect for the season, with the Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift Fillies Guineas in February her first aim. She’s a daughter of Silvano from Ilha Grande, from Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

The stable was also active in Dubai, where Mike kept his tally ticking with Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Baroot (GB), who handled his return to turf remarkably well after a long spell on dirt.

Baroot made his bottom weight count for Pat Cosgrave and galloped on well in a competitive handicap to win by a length.

Baroot (GB), good win back on turf. (Andrew Watkins)

Orchid Island, all in the family

ORCHID Island, a beaten favourite on her 1200m debut in September, made [Read more…]