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2022 Durban July Contenders - Mike de Kock's Runners

By Jon Vine
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25 Jun 2022
  • We look at Mike de Kock's runners in the 2022 Durban July
  • The Durban July will take place on Saturday 2nd July
  • De Kock has won the July four times
  • He trains the current favourite Safe Passage
  • Aragosta, Al Muthana and Sparkling Water also take their chance
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Mike de Kock (right) during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan. (Getty)
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Mike de Kock accounts for four of the 18 runners set to take part in this year's Durban July, as he looks to win this famous race for the first time in over a decade.

Since bursting onto the scene in the 1980s, Mike de Kock remains a powerhouse in South African horse racing. The 58-year-old has won the Durban July on four occasions, the last of those wins coming back in 2011 when Igugu scored under Anthony Delpech.

De Kock will run four of his best horses in the 2022 Durban July. Here's a look at his quartet of entrants...

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Mike de Kock's Durban July Runners 2022


Al Muthana


Jockey - Callan Murray
Owner - Estate Late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum
Weight - 58kg
Draw - 16

Breeder - Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd, NSW
Sire - Deep Field (AUS)
Dam - El Daana (AUS) by Redoute’s Choice (AUS)

Age - 5
Colour - Bay
Sex - Gelding
MR - 125

Career Record - 14 runs (8 wins, 0 places)
Stakes Won - R2,198,000

Runs at Greyville - 1 (1 Win, 0 Places )
Runs at 2200m distance - 0

Notable Runs:

1st in the 2022 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge (Gr 1) 1600m
1st in the 2022 Hawaii Stakes (Gr 2) 1400m
1st in the 2022 Wolf Power 1600 (Listed) 1600m

Al Muthana2022 Durban July ContenderGET 13.00 HERE
New customers only. 18+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.

Aragosta


Jockey - Warren Kennedy
Owner - Messrs M F de Kock, M Makepeace, L M Nestadt, J R van der Linden & Mrs N P Malherbe
Weight - 53
Draw - 1

Breeder - Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire - Rafeef
Dam - Miss Galidora (IRE) by Galileo (IRE)

Age - 3
Colour - Bay
Sex - Gelding
Merit Rating - 118

Career Record - 9 runs (4 wins, 3 places)
Stakes Won - R1,411,375

Runs at Hollywoodbets Greyville - 1 (1 place)
Runs at 2200m Distance - 0

Notable Runs:

1st in the 2022 WSB SA Derby (Gr 1) 2450m
1st in the 2022 Sea Cottage Stakes (Gr 3) 1800m
3rd in the 2022 Daily News 2000 (Gr 1) 2000m

Aragosta2022 Durban July ContenderGET 17.00 HERE
New customers only. 18+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.

Safe Passage 


Jockey - Muzi Yeni
Owner - Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)~
Weight - 54.5
Draw - 10

Breeder - Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert)
Sire - Silvano (Ger)
Dam - My Sanctuary by Antonius Pius (USA)

Age - 3
Colour - Bay
Sex - Gelding
Merit Rating - 122

Career Record - 9 runs (6 wins, 2 places)
Stakes Won - R1,918,563

Runs at Hollywoodbets Greyville - 1 (1 win)
Runs at 2200m Distance - 0

Notable Runs:

1st in the 2022 Daily News 2000 (Gr 1) 2000m
1st in the 2022 WSB Gauteng Guineas (Gr 2) 1600m
1st in the 2021 WSB Dingaans (Gr 2) 1600m
2nd in the 2022 WSB SA Classic (Gr 1) 1800m

Safe Passage2022 Durban July FavouriteGET 4.33 HERE
New customers only. 18+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.

Sparkling Water


Jockey - S’manga Khumalo
Owner - Wilgerbosdrift (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Mrs M Slack)
Weight - 53.5
Draw - 12

Breeder - Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire - Silvano (GER)
Dam - Espumanti (GB by Dansili (GB)

Age - 4
Colour - Bay
Sex - Filly
Merit Rating - 116

Career Record - 15 runs (6 wins, 8 places)
Stakes Won - R1 414 125

Runs at Hollywoodbets Greyville - 0
Runs at 2200m Distance - 0

Notable Runs:

1st in the New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers (Gr 2) 2800m
2nd in the 2022 Premier’s Challenge (Gr 1) 2000m
3rd in the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes (Gr 1) 1600m
3rd in the 2022 Colorado King Stakes (Gr 2) 2000m

Sparkling Water2022 Durban July ContenderGET 8.00 HERE
New customers only. 18+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.

The full betting for the 2022 Durban July can be found here on our website...
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