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Encosta De Lago Colt Wins in SAf
Australian-bred colt Duly Ordained (Encosta de Lago-Orderly, by Marscay) continues to display promise in his adopted homeland after winning the Soccer 1 One Line Better Chances Juvenile Plate (1900m) at Clairwood on Wednesday. Duly Ordained has now won 2 of his 4 starts, for R107,125 earnings, including an impressive debut success when defeating fellow antipodean juvenile and subsequent Gr1 winner Willow Magic (Dubawi-La Willow, by Tierce). Trained by South African master horseman Mike De Kock and owned by leviathan owner Markus Jooste, Duly Ordained was a $130,000 purchase by Jooste's Mayfair Speculators from the draft of Tyreel Stud at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. De Kock obviously holds Duly Ordained in some regard having thrown the colt into the proverbial deep end at just his second start in the R1 million Gr1 South African Nursery Plate in April (won by Willow Magic), but has commented previously that he needs ground. "Duly Ordained is a smart young horse but he needs further, he's not a sprinter and will be doing his best work late… he needs a mile and up," De Kock noted. Duly Ordained is a full-brother to the stakes-placed mare Iron Lace from the Marscay mare Orderly (Marscay-Artless, by Dahar), herself a full-sister to Gr1 winner Excellerator and a half-sister to Gr1 NZ Oaks winner Artistic.