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Mike de Kock won two features with now three-year-olds bought at CTS sales, at Turffontein on Saturday, both owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai’s Al Adiyaat South Africa.

Klawervlei-bred Vaseem (Vercingetorix, Callan Murray), a R275,000 purchase from the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, won the Gold Rush Sprint over 1000m after a brief tussle with Arapaho. Rosedene-raised Fayrooz (Flower Alley, Marco van Rensburg), bought for R150,000 at the same sale and resold at CTS Ready To Run, raced well clear of her rivals in the Listed Ormond Ferraris Oaks Trial over 2000m

De Kock commented: “Both winners are by sires I really rate these days, Vercingetorix and Flower Alley. Vaseem is a very progressive sort. He is a quality horse over 1400m too, we’ll have to see about a mile, we’ll have to try again. Sheikh Mohammed decided to support Vercingetorix at CPYS that year and Vaseem was one we secured at a good price.

He added: “Fayrooz is from the family of Fair Maiden (who produced a Gr3 winner last week). She’s always shown us a fair bit in work. She ran on very well second time out over 2000m, when she was green.  She was well handicapped in the Oaks Trial, ran off a MR74, but should also go on to win a few. Being by Flower Alley she will get better with age.”

De Kock said that he had met with Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai recently. “The Sheikh’s yellow and blue silks are very familiar in Graded and feature races in South Africa, going back a long time. He is keen to buy more again, which is good news for SA racing.”