Mike De Kock’s South African-breds Headed To Dubai

Majestic Mambo. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Mike de Kock jetted to Dubai on Sunday to start the serious preparation of his runners for the 2019 Dubai International Racing Carnival, that opens on Thursday, 3 January.


Mike presently has 15 horses in training at Blue Stables, and five more are in transit from South Africa coming via Mauritius and Newmarket, due to arrive in the UAE in the opening week, later than normal as recently noted.

Mike scanned through his Blue Stables list and filed the following comments:

Al Sahem
He was disappointing at last year’s carnival and tends to have issues, but we’re hoping for a better spell this year, he is well.

Bold Rex
He was disappointing last year and he fractured a pelvis in his last start. He has recovered, he is doing very well and we’re hoping to win with him at this year’s Carnival.

Fire Away (USA)
An American horse with useful graded form and a beautiful pedigree, by War Front. He’ll be coming back to stud in South Africa for Wilgerbosdrift, he is doing very well.

Icy Trail
He kept on bleeding last year and was very disappointing. We’ve taken our time with him, he seems to be better this year.

He enjoyed a good carnival last year, looks happy and in good form again and we’ll be hoping for similar.

Light The Lights
Another runner in a similar vein of form to last year. Hoping to get one win in the Carnival with him.

Here’s a horse starting to do nicely. We’re hoping to have a few runs in the Carnival with him, starting a bit later, maybe at the third meeting. He’s going the right way.

Horses en route:
Yulong Prince (Surcharge), Yakeen, Royal Crusade, Hermoso Mundo, Majestic Mambo.

-extract mikedekockracing.com

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