The Mike De Kock-trained Soqrat would probably be of the quiet unassuming sort if he were human as he is not at all imposing and has impeccable manners.
However, this does not prevent him from being an exceptional racehorse and he proved this again at Turffontein on Saturday under Callan Murray.
He once again obeyed his jockey’s every command in the Pinnacle Stakes event over 1600m, going to the front from a wide draw and then switching off, allowing Flying Winger to take the lead.
In the straight he crept up under the hands and when asked the question changed into a higher gear.
He was soon forging clear and won easing up by 1,10 lengths from his heavily backed and running-on stablemate Like A Panther, who was returning from a layoff but nevertheless shortened from 20/1 to 113/20. Flying Winger was a 2,75 length third.
Soqrat was comfortably best in at the weights but did have to carry 62kg, no easy task first up, so this was a fine start to a season in which the races he will contest like the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate might well see their strongest ever renewals.
By David Thiselton