De Kock unearths Classic hopeful for Sheikh Hamdan

  • De Kock unearths Classic hopeful for Sheikh Hamdan

ALREADY A Group Three winner, having landed the 7f Graham Beck Stakes at Turffontein, Sheikh Hamdan’s Malmoos overcame the rigours of a long road trip from Randjesfontein to Milnerton to maintain his unbeaten record after four starts, in the process registering a good Cape Guineas prep, winning the R175,000 Group 2 Concorde Cup over a mile at Kenilworth on Saturday. A race that was known as the Selangor Cup up to 2017, and historically dominated by the powerful local yards, the rampant Malmoos bucked the trend in the famous blue and white silks to win well under South African Champion Apprentice, Luke Ferraris who has been aboard each time for Mike de Kock.

A colt described as “the real deal” by his trainer, the 3yo Captain Al colt won more easily than his half a length margin would suggest. “He is a still a big baby and was quite green going around today,” Ferraris said. “But he has a beautiful attitude for a colt and he just does everything right.” De Kock added: “He has a beautiful pedigree but this horse still has a long way to go. The penny really hasn’t dropped with him and I have nowhere near unearthed the true ability. “I know he’s won four from four but I haven’t even come close to getting to the bottom of him yet. He was all over the show today, running in snatches. I think he still has a lot of improvement to come.”

De Kock also confirmed Malmoos would be aimed at next month’s Grade 1 Cape Guineas. “He’s going to need to improve to win the Guineas. There’s a good line of form with those he beat suggesting Malmoos is going to have to step it up. “He will stay in Cape Town and hopefully he will just keep getting better mentally, but looking at his pedigree, I think we’re only going to see the best of him when he runs over 1m2f.” The second top lot at R4.4 million at the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Malmoos has now earned R272,100.

  • HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

    HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum