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De Kock Perplexed By Turkish Decision
The Mike de Kock-trained The Apache has been prohibited from competing in the Gr2 Topkapi Trophy at Istanbul on September 8 because the horse has previously been vaccinated for African Horse Sickness. According to De Kock's website, the dual Gr1 winner's nomination for the race was rejected by the Turkish Veterinary Authority in accordance with Turkish Government Regulations which state that a horse may not be allowed into the country if it has been vaccinated for African Horse Sickness (AHS). De Kock is particularly vexed by the decision, especially given he won the race in 2011 with Australian-bred Musir who was vaccinated for African Horse Sickness prior to embarking on a UAE & UK racing campaign. He commented: "Musir, The Apache and many other vaccinated South African horses have been racing successfully in jurisdictions around the world for the last decade and more. Turkey is paying no respect to this whatsoever. What is being enforced in Turkey is senseless..."