Sunday, 12 July 2020

MDK/SA Horse Set For Lingfield Today

MIKE de Kock and partners Michael Holding and Jehan Malherbe own a South African-bred making its debut in Race 3 over 1200m at Lingfield, UK, on Sunday. The race is off at 14:35 (SA Time).

His name is I Am The Secret, a grey gelding by Captain Al From Secret Of Victoria, and he was originally sold for R1,8-million to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

I Am The Secret suffered a knee chip and didn’t make it to Hong Kong. He was placed on a Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale last February and Malherbe told: “We were at the Sun Met in the company of Mike Holding, the legendary cricketer, when this sale was on, so we decided to form a partnership to buy this horse. We have known Mike Holding for a while from sales and racing in the UK. I Am The Secret will race in the De Kock silks, white with the red maltese cross.”
I Am The Secret is in training with Jame Chapple-Hyam, who reported that he is doing well and should run a good race on debut. Adam Kirby has the ride. South African racing and pedigree enthusiasts will know that his is one of the best pedigrees in our stud book.

Leading owner Mary Slack also has a runner abroad on Sunday. She is Blue Cabochon, a filly by Holy Roman Emperor from Holly Blue (Bluebird), a half-sister to South Africa stakes winner Gibraltar Blue. Blue Cabochon (Rce 1, Dundalk, 15.30) has placed in two handicaps, drops to a Maiden and looks to have an outstanding chance. She is trained by Fozzy Stack.

Both the Lingield and Dundalk meetings will be televised on Tellytrack.

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