Big Dubai win for CTS purchase, Liquid Mercury

Big Dubai win for CTS purchase, Liquid Mercury

February 12, 2016 / 5 years ago

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Liquid Mercury, a graduate of the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, raced to a commanding win in Thursday night’s $US175,000 Gulf News Handicap over 2435m on turf at Meydan under jockey Christophe Soumillon.

The big grey by Trippi from Skip Poker, by Skip Away (USA) finished full of running in his second Dubai start to win by 1,50-lengths. Soumillon was able to punch his mount out confidently without using the stick over the last 150m.

A R775,000 purchase at CTS Book 1, Liquid Mercury was originally acquired by Craig Carey’s Ridgemont Stud, Kathy and Brian Finch and Belinda Kieswetter and sold on to Sheikh Mohammeded bin Khalifa Al Maktoum after his victory in the 2015 Winter Derby at Kenilworth.

He won five races from 11 starts for trainer Joey Ramsden in South Africa before being shipped to the UAE and Carey said: “Joey picked Liquid Mercury with us. He was always going to be a big horse, he was easy-going and easy to like, sound with lots of scope. We were sad to see him go, but it was a good deal for both parties.”

Liquid Mercury’s new trainer, Mike de Kock, commented: “Liquid Mercury is turning out to be a nice buy for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. Thanks to Joey Ramsden who gave us confidence to acquire the horse last year. He’s also been very helpful with advice since.

“Liquid Mercury is a sound and honest horse and he’s settled in nicely here in the desert. We didn’t want to step him into a distance race like this so soon, but we had no choice and he came through his test zestfully, he won with something in hand.”

He added: “We have two options with Liquid Mercury. We’ll consider the Nad Al Sheba Trophy over 2810m or the Dubai City of Gold over 2410m for him next.”

Mike congratulated breeder Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud with her first winner in Dubai and said: “Our breeders and horses in South Africa are top class, they prove it almost week after week!”

Mike also had praise for Liquid Mercury’s groom, Thomas Ncume. He told: “Thomas gave us confidence every day. He wouldn’t know about Liquid Mercury getting beat. He said early in the week that he was going to be in the winners’ photo and that he wanted to look ‘better than Michael Jackson’. He bought himself a smart new suit and even got some white gloves for the occasion. That’s confidence for you!”