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Mike de Kock launches international syndicate, unveiling in Hong Kong this Sunday

Champion trainer Mike de Kock is launching an international racing syndicate, purchasing yearlings in South Africa and planning to race those horses abroad with the main focus being Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Given the success that Team MDK has had in the past for some of their other clients, there should be no doubting the chance of success here.

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THE Mike de Kock International Racing Syndicate, open to racehorse owners from all over the world, will be introduced at a Luncheon in Hong Kong this Sunday, 7 September 2014.

Mike de Kock, his bloodstock advisors and business associates will be in attendance with a full presentation of this exciting venture on Sunday. Interested parties are invited to come to the presentation on any of the 3 days. To book your spot, or for further information, email GRANT KNOWLES – Grant@klawervlei.co.za or JEHAN MALHERBE – jehan@aro.co.za.

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Mike de Kock wants to race around the globe with horses trained for the MDK International Syndicate.

How it Works:

In brief, the Syndicate will comprise 12 shareholders/investors contributing a minimum of ZAR500,000 each.

Mike and his team will select and purchase up to 5 Yearlings at the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale in Cape Town during January 2015. They will go into training with Mike, starting their racing careers in South Africa. Training fees for a period of 12 months will be included in the initial investment.

About the CTS Sale:

Since 2012, the CTS CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE in January has produced the Gr1 winners SOFT FALLING RAIN (CHAMPION), YORKER (CHAMPION), IN THE FAST LANE (CHAMPION), CARRY ON ALICE (CHAMPION), AFRIKABURN (CHAMPION), CONTADOR, THE HANGMAN, WAR HORSE, ATHINA, FOR THE LADS, FOREST INDIGO, NORMANZ as well as FAIRYINTHEWOODS, SILVANO’S JET, TELLINA, CHAVE DE OURA, FRANNY, JADE BAY, BLAZE OF NOON, DYNASTIC POWER, FLASH DRIVE, OLYMPIC OWEN, RED RAY, POWER KING, WHISTLE STOP, WHEREDOWEGO, ACT OF WAR, JET SET GO, KINGVOLDT, BELOVED COUNTRY, RED DISA, PINE PRINCESS, SEVEN GRAND, SUNSET TRIPP, ALYSA’S PRIZE, etc.

Horses successful in SA will be shipped to Mike’s Dubai Stables to commence their international careers. The major feature races in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore will be targeted with qualifying candidates.

Syndicate members will be invited as guests of Cape Thoroughbred Sales to attend the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale next January and will have exclusive access to an International Syndicate Section to be  added to mikedekockracing.com.

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Variety Club wins the 2014 Gr1 Hong Kong Champions Mile, worth HK$12-million.

Background:

The UK’s Daily Mail has named Mike de Kock ‘racing’s pioneering international handler’, one who belongs to a “new breed of trainer flourishing on a belief that no race in the world is too far away”.

Mike is internationally acknowledged as a World leader in the training profession and he has a host of supporters who firmly believe he has few or no equals. Passionate and progressive, he has improved his results year on year for 26 years and in 20012/13 saddled a stable record, 164 winners – contributing to a career tally approaching 3,000 winners worldwide.

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The stable office at Abington Place, Newmarket.

Mike has permanent training establishments in South Africa (Randjesfontein and Summerveld), Dubai (Blue Stables) and Newmarket, UK (Abington Place). To 31 August 2014 he has trained 99 Gr1 winners, including a record 9 Gr1 Summer Cups, 4 Gr1 Durban July’s and 2 J&B Mets.  He has won races on four continents – including Group successes in Dubai, Hong Kong,, Singapore, Turkey, and the USA. His international Gr1 wins include the recent Hong Kong Champions Mile with Variety Club, the Hong Kong Cup (Eagle Mountain), the QE11 Cup (Archipenko, Irridesence), the Dubai Duty Free (Right Approach) and the Singapore Cup (Lizard’s Desire).

Mike’s patrons include Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai,  Mary Slack, Berrnard Kantor, Mike Rattray , Markus Jooste and  Gaynor Rupert. Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock and Dr John Mcveigh complete Mike’s ‘Hands-On’ team. Jehan and Mike select horses at sales all over the world and are always on the lookout for purchases of suitable horses in training. Jehan has knowledge of pedigrees second to none, a well-trained eye and he is on top of the world’s racing results.

The MDK International Syndicate was conceived by journeyman Grant Knowles of Klawervlei Stud, who commented: “This is an ideal opportunity for ambitious owners to pool their strengths in acquiring top quality runners to be trained by one of the world’s best trainers. The timing is good, we were in a taxi in Hong Kong when Variety Club won the Champions Mile a few months ago when the taxi driver recognized Mike, many others did too. He is a bigger celebrity overseas than he is in his own country!”

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Mike with international stable jockey Christophe Soumillon and leading golf professional Lee Westwood.

CTS Chief Operating Officer Adrian Todd said he is delighted to be working with Mike on this initiative:  “Mike is a true ambassador for South Africa and racing in general.”

Mike said: “Global racing is like a village. We want to establish a strong international string to give us representation in the world’s biggest races. I look forward to training for the International Syndicate.”

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