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De Kock optimistic of landing Summer Cup

Preview: South Africa, Saturday 2.50pm GMT

Turffontein: Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1 hcap) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+

Ilha Bela (Mike de Kock/Anthony Delpech) is favourite to give South Africa's champion trainer his tenth Summer Cup success.

The grey mare is a daughter of De Kock's 2005 winner Ilha Da Vitoria and warmed up for this by finishing third to Tiger's Retreat (Sean Tarry/Raymond Danielson) in the Grade 2 Victory Moon Stakes over a furlong shorter at Turffontein a fortnight ago. She is 3lb better.

De Kock said: "I think she is well in at the weights, she has a good draw, she is really fit and she has a good jockey."

Betting World, South Africa's biggest off-course bookmaker, make Ilha Bela 11-2 favourite and go 7-1 Master Sabina, 8-1 Yorker and Wylie Hall and 10-1 Royal Bencher.

Tarry, who also runs Whiteline Fever (Pier Strydom) and Gold Onyx (Gavin Lerena), said: "On form and the weights you have to lean towards Tiger's Retreat but Whiteline Fever is in good order and Gold Onyx has had a good prep."

Geoff Woodruff, successful with El Picha in 1999 and Eventuail in 2002, is four-handed and his assistant and son Tim, said: "Master Sabina [Robbie Fradd] is improving all the while, Yorker [Anton Marcus] has improved off his last run, Tellina [Glen Hatt] is fit and well but there are issues with his last couple of runs while everything has been going nicely with Killua Castle [Richard Fourie]."

Royal Bencher (Alec Laird/Kevin Shea) was only eighth in the Victory Moon but Laird said: "It took three runs to get him fit after bringing him back from injury. He's ready now and he has a handy weight."

 
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