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2021 WSB Summer Cup News - Key quotes from leading connections

  • Key quotes from the leading connections of this year's WSB Summer Cup contenders
  • This Grade One handicap will be run at Turffontein on Saturday 27th November
  • Paul Matchett, Sean Tarry and Mike De Kock spoke to Clocking The Gallop over the weekend
  • We've also got quotes from Joe Soma and Dorrie Sham
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Mike de Kock (L) at York racecourse in 2013 chatting to Frankie Dettori. (Getty)
Jon Vine 24 Nov 2021
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The first major Grade One of the new South African horse racing season takes place at Turffontein on Saturday, as a quality field assembles for the WSB Summer Cup.

Ahead of this historic race, we've taken a look through the racing media in South Africa to bring some key quotes from the connections of this year's leading contenders.

Paul Matchett talking to Clocking The Gallop about War Of Athena

"She's come out of the race very well. Her prep was good and we managed to get some grass gallops under her belt. She had enough work to win a race like that. She's definitely trimmed up afterwards and, like I said, she's taken the race very well."

"She has all the assets of a champion. Temperament, and ability, and confirmation. That's what champions are all about. I've trained many good horses, but this filly is outstanding."

"The Summer Cup is our main aim. It's on a good galloping track (and provides) a good test of a racehorse. The best horse and the fittest horse on the day wins."

Mike De Kock discussing Malmoos' chances with Clocking The Gallop

"I think the classy horses at the top of the weights (Have an advantage). Like War Of Athena, she's going to be very, very hard to beat in my opinion. She's tough and really good that filly. It's definitely favouring those type of horses."

"Malmoos has definitely improved (since his last run). I'd loved to have had another run to be honest with you. I like to have two runs going into big races but it wasn't possible time-wise."

"The tightening of the race does give the likes of him and Joey Soma's horse (Got The Greenlight) and War Of Athena a better chance at the top end of the weights for sure."

De Kock also touched on his other runners

Sparkling Water

"She's in good form but she's going to get five, maybe six kilos from War Of Athena. Is that enough to turn it around? I'm not convinced. Although she's won twice I don't think she has ran to her rating yet. She'll be competitive but she has to improve."

Al Muthana

"He ran a good race last time. Kicked on late. He's not guaranteed to see out 2000m. Malmoos only has to give him six kilos and it will be very hard for him to beat him (Malmoos)."

Sean Tarry speaking about his five contenders with Clocking The Gallop

Tierra Del Fuego

"I think the six kilos is going to come in really handy. He loves the course and distance. He has acquitted himself well when tried at level weights against the top horses in the race." 

"I felt I had to try something on his last start with the blinkers and it back-fired. He galloped beautifully this morning. His coat has turned and he'll be ready to fire."


"He hasn't been a sound individual since last year's Durban July but he has come back nicely. I was a little nervous about running him in the Victory Moon under a penalty, so we just decided to just keep him down the straight and look after his rating. He's certainly got the form and a (Good) draw wouldn't do him any harm."

Flying Carpet

"He did really need (his last run) and that's brought him to his peak. He's really fit and well for this engagement.  Last year's form with the three-year-olds tells a story and he's obviously in-reciept of a bit of weight. I'm very happy to have him in and I expect a decent showing."


"I think she's had a lovely preparation. I don't see where the chinks are and she's not even in the top 20 (In the betting), so clearly there are chinks and I need to find them. She's definitely a worthy contestant and I think she'll have a say in the finish."

Joey Soma spoke to Sporting Post at the start of the month about Got The Greenlight

“It’s very difficult for me to tell the public whether Got The Greenlight is value for the Cup at his current price. The best value horse in a race is always the winner, in the end! He has to give weight away, but I can assure you he will be 100% ready on the day."

"Class inevitably prevails and bar one or two horses, I am not concerned about the quality of the likely 2021 final field. There will be a good few of them running under sufferance. And off 6kgs from bottom to topweight, my horse must have a massive chance.”

Bingwa's trainer, Dorrie Sham speaking to the press following his Onamission Mile win

"He was very well going into the race and has improved. He is a big horse and has become much stronger. We have not got to the end of him yet. He has a huge stride. It is so big you don't really notice him quickening because he just gets flatter and longer."

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