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It was perhaps fitting that Mike de Kock would saddle the first winner of the high class Timeform 122 rated Golden Sword. The son of High Chaparral’s athletic daughter Belle Rose opened her account over a mile at her third start, at the inaugural meeting held on the Vaal Classic track on Thursday.

De Kock’s admiration of Golden Sword is well documented:  “He was the best horse of a classy generation in my overseas string. At his best, he was a serious international competitor,” he said.

The lovely Belle Rose was purchased by Form Bloodstock for R475 000 at the 2015 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale.

Belle Rose is well related, being out of the four-time winning Qui Danzig mare , Vin Fizz, which makes her a half-sister to the exceptional Gr1 performer Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader) and more recently, Champagne Haze (Kahal).

European racing fans will remember the Graded Stakes winning Golden Sword, a winner of four races from 1400 – 2400m, and more than R6.7million in prize money, for his consummate victory in one of the principal Derby trials, the Gr3 Chester Vase.

It is arguable though that Golden Sword’s finest moment came in the Investec Derby at Epsom, where he was beaten a tad over two lengths by the world champion, Sea The Stars.

-extracts from Sporting Post.

Photo: Belle Rose at the CTS R2R Sale, 2015.