Mike de Kock looks set to have a fine day at Turffontein and has been tipped to win the first four races and finish second in the eighth.
De Kock kicks off with the first-timer Regent in a 1450m maiden. He is a full-brother to Grade 1 winner Eyes Wide Open and would not have to be a superstar to win this race. The hard-knocking Dark Tide and the progressive Dogliotti, who both went close in their first runs after lockdown over 1200m and 1450m respectively, look to be the chief dangers.
In the second race over 1450m De Kock’s charge Integrity has a tricky draw but will relish the step up in trip being by Flower Alley and having finished strongly for a close second over 1200m.
In the third over 1450m Peaceontherocks has four seconds and one third in her last five starts and should finally get it right here in this uninspiring field, although the improving Nu Bell will make a bold bid to keep her in the second box.
In the fourth race over 2000m Barak is drawn in pole and on pedigree this promising sort should relish the step up in trip being by Master Of My Fate out of a Captain Al mare who won over this trip.
De Kock should also go close in the eighth with Flaming Duchess who is by Duke Of Marmalade so should be improving all the time. She is going for a hattrick in 1600m event.
By David Thiselton