Trainer Mike de Kock confirmed to DubaiRaceNight.com today the immediate plan for some of his stable’s top stars. Next week, deKock expects to put both Bold Silvano, winner of the 2011 Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G3), and Master of Hounds, second in the 2012 Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G3), back on course.
Bold Silvano, off since that win last February, is expected for the Firebreak Stakes (G3) over 1,600 metres, while Master of Hounds is the stable’s choice for the Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2), a race upgraded to Group 2 status this season, over 1,900 metres. On the surface, both horses are considered Dubai World Cup chances, but will approach the race in different fashions. In 2011, Bold Silvano was viewed as a likely lukewarm favourite for the race before suffering some nagging minor injuries after his Dubai debut win.
DeKock also reported that Boby Di Job, a recent private purchase from Uruguay, has joined the team in Dubai. ”The intention is to run him in the UAE Derby,” said deKock. Boby Di Job took two legs of the Uruguayan Triple Crown and is a winner of five from eight races.
While Musir’s exploits from last week, winning the Al Rashidiya (G2), have been well noted, deKock added more thoughts on Meydan handicap winner Mutahadee. ”His performance was very pleasing as he hadn’t done much. He looks top class.” The Trakus data from Mutahadee’s win uncovered a final 200-metre timing in 10.54 seconds, the fastest winning final split in a turf route at Meydan in the last two seasons.
This week at Meydan, deKock starts the Mauritian champion Disa Leader and returning fourth in the UAE Derby Zanzamar in the first race of the night. He also has Rerouted going in the Al Shindagha Sprint (G3), part-owned by top golfer Lee Westwood. Through 21 starters this season, the deKock team has four wins and four placings.