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Gr1 Debut On Hold For Majmu

Friday, 23rd May 2014

Mike de Kock's exciting Australian-bred filly Majmu (Redoute's Choice-Spontaneous, by Hussonet) has been withdrawn from Saturday's Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship (1200m) at Scottsville due to a virus, reports mikedekockracing.com. The undefeated Majmu has established herself as the best 2YO in South Africa winning all of her three starts to date, including the Gr2 South African Fillies Nursery and Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes. The daughter of Redoute's Choice, who was purchased by Skeikh Hamdan's Shadwell Racing operation for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, has won all her starts by a combined margin of 13-lengths. Despite Majmu's absence on the weekend, De Kock will still be represented by a plethora of juvenile talent including Australian-bred colts Banaadeer and Anjaal who will line up in the R600,000 Gr1 Tsogo Sun Medallion. More Than Ready colt Banaadeer was last seen finishing second to top-class filly Carry On Alice in the Gr1 SA Nursery at Turffontein, but De Kock is confident the $700,000 Easter graduate can reverse the form having had a less than ideal prep for that race because of a virus. Banaadeer will be joined in the Medallion by Lonhro colt Anjaal, whom De Kock describes as "a smart horse." Anjaal (Lonhro-Miss Portofino, by Flying Spur) was backed as if unbeatable on debut, firming from 6-1 into 9-10 but was unable to reel in the winner Belong To Me after racing greenly and ducking away from the whip in the concluding stages.

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