Treasure Beach: one of the ex-Ballydoyle performers to join Mike de KockPICTURE: Dubai Racing Club
Treasure Beach handed World Cup night aim
MIKE DE KOCK outlined on Wednesday Dubai Carnival plans for Treasure Beach, the 2011 Irish Derby winner who has joined his stable from Aidan O'Brien.
The five-year-old son of Galileo, last seen in action when finishing tenth behind Little Mike in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November, will be prepared for a Meydan race on 'Super Saturday' prior to competing on Dubai World Cup night.
Ballydoyle stalwarts Daddy Long Legs, successful in the UAE Derby last March, and 2011 Hardwicke Stakes victor Await The Dawn have also been sent to De Kock for a Dubai campaign.
"Their ability is not in question," the South African trainer said. "It's all about getting them happy and ready for Dubai. Treasure Beach and Daddy Long Legs have both needed a bit of freshening up. They've been with me for a while now and I'm pleased with them.
"I don't expect those two will race until late February or early March and the plan will be for them to race on Super Saturday prior to World Cup night. I'm not sure how long they will stay with me, although I think connections are keen for Treasure Beach and Daddy Long Legs to go on a bit of a world tour and race in Hong Kong and Singapore after Dubai."
Mike de Kock: after a dry summerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Await The Dawn has not raced since finishing tailed off behind Cityscape in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free last March.
"He must have had a few issues," De Kock said. "He's been with me the longest of the three and could be ready to run in the middle of next month."
De Kock aims to use Abington Place in Newmarket, Geoff Wragg's former yard, as a base for ‘Team South Africa', a project he hopes will enable him to campaign some of the country's top horses in the northern hemisphere.
"We didn't have enough horses to make a really serious go of it last year," he said. "I'm hoping to take more horses to England this year to make it more viable.
"Newmarket is a great place to train and the property we're on is absolutely wonderful. The gallops are so well kept and everything is there for you.
"The only other thing you could hope for is a clear sky, which we didn't see too many times last year."