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Matthew de Kock was overcome with emotion after his 2016 CTS Ready To Run purchase Takingthepeace landed Saturday’s Gr2 Gauteng Guineas with a storming late run under jockey Callan Murray.

Mathew selected Takingthepeace for two of his mates.  Murray Makepeace had cut short a business trip to Scotland and Mat’s childhood friend Shea, son of Mike de Kock’s former stable jockey Kevin Shea, was in attendance at the sale too.

They’d decided to take a share in whatever Mat was offering. They wanted to get involved. They were there to invest and for Makepeace it would be a first venture into horseracing.

Two days earlier, Mat had been impressed with the breeze-up of a then two-year-old filly initially named Sagano and had also visited her in her stable at the Summerhill Stud Sales Barn.

He said: “She had that classic look. I pulled her out and had a good look at her conformation. Then I put her back very quick and closed the stable door. I didn’t want anybody else to see I’d spent longer than usual looking at Lot 121.

Sagano was secured for R280,000, almost R100,000 above the sales average and was registered with the name ‘Takingthepeace’.

Takingthepeace has now won four from eight, a Gr2 feature and over R800,000 in stakes. “I think our winnings will open the door to future investments in the game,” joked Shea.

Callan Murray, who rode a well-timed race, commented: “She was last, but I knew we had the race won as we turned for home,  that’s the way she was travelling.  This was a great win today and I am so happy to have won it for the boys.  Takingthepeace is a star!” Takingthepeace is a daughter of Visionaire, who has moved from Summerhill to stand at Pieter Graaff’s Lammerskraal Stud, Western Cape. – Turf Talk.