battle of top six

MIKE DE KOCK believes that the Vodacom Durban July will be fought out by the top six in the betting and reckoned "the rest will live hoping and probably die hoping".

MIKE DE KOCK believes that the Vodacom Durban July will be fought out by the top six in the betting and reckoned "the rest will live hoping and probably die hoping".

De Kock has three three-year-old horses in the race and none of them are in the top six in the betting.

De Kock said all three of them were very well but lamented his bad luck with draws.

All three of De Kock's charges - Zirconeum, Bouquet-Garni and Forest Path - are Grade 1 winners.

There are only six other Grade 1 winners in the field of 20, Pocket Power, Our Giant, Buy And Sell, Smart Banker, Big City Life and Outcome.

His charges' Grade 1 status would normally be enough for them to be in with a good chance but all three, even without their draws, have question marks over their heads and are consequently 40-1, 40-1 and 50-1 in the betting.

De Kock rated Zirconeum as probably his best chance.

The last filly to win the July was the world class De Kock-trained three-year-old, Ipi Tombe. She was a class above Zirconeum and didn't have as difficult a draw but did face a probable stronger overall field though.

Bouquet-Garni won this season's Grade 1 SA Derby over 2400m. De Kock felt there would have to be a fast pace for him to feature. He is a big galloping type and might not have the immediate turn of foot that is an advantage at Greyville.

De Kock felt that the top three-year-old in the country, the Glen Kotzen-trained Big City Life, had a chance tomorrow.

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