TRC rankings star: Mike de Kock

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Mike de Kock: first G1 victory of 2020-21 for eight-time South African champion trainer. Photo: Turf Talk (

+7 Mike de Kock

Hardly the busiest week on the global calendar with just a couple of G1 events in South Africa, where a famous name gains top billing on the TRC rankings in the shape of Mike de Kock.

The eight-time champion trainer claimed his first G1 success of the 2020-21 season when Queen Supreme completed a repeat success in the Cartier-sponsored Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth.

The five-year-old mare earns her trainer a 7pt boost on the TRC scale, where he moves up to #75 from #95. Keagan de Melo is a new entry at #242 on the jockeys’ list.

While the 56-year-old De Kock has been much higher in the past, his overseas exploits have been scuppered to some large extent by quarantine restrictions, and De Kock no longer targets the Dubai Carnival with his former vim, though he will still have a handful of runners at Meydan.

His son Matthew has enjoyed a flying start to his Australian-based training partnership with Robbie Griffiths, the pair having recorded 10 wins from 155 runners this season.

Currently leading South Africa’s trainers’ title race is Justin Snaith, who saddled 50% of the eight-runner field for the main event at Kenilworth, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. He duly supplied the 12-1 winner Jet Dark (plus Belgarion and Do It Again, third and fourth) – and is now closing in on the Top 30 after a 3pt boost (#31 from #37).

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