As Mike de Kock’s stable stars gather a head of steam like a train in the night, there is an intriguing question surrounding the early-fifties trainer who is now held in the same regard as legends Syd Laird and Terrance Millard. Now in his 28th year as a trainer with eight trainers’ titles and more than 3,000 winners to his credit, does De Kock still have the hunger for more success? Would he rather put his feet up and say "the cards have fallen well for me in life — great wife, great kids, great career. Mathew, you take it from here." Having written articles about him for some 30 years since he got his licence following the death of his mentor, Ricky Howard-Ginsberg, in 1989, it is possible to detect a change of attitude that surfaced in a fleeting comment at De Kock’s post-race interview of one of his four winners on Charity Mile day. He said the intention was "not to ship as many horses to Dubai as in previous years". This is in strict contrast to an interview a while ago during ...

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