Mr. Brock, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Serge Seenyen of Mauritius, made history on Sunday at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club when he won the fifth event over 2200m, the Abu Dhabi Championship, with South African jockey Kevin Shea on board.
Trained by Mike de Kock, Mr. Brock (picture: DRC/Watkins) had finished twice fourth in his first three runs. The first time was over 2000m with K.Latham on board, and the second time over 2400m, with Kevin Shea.
Mr. Brock has come on from his runs during the carnival and looked to have peaked nicely in this event. Confidently ridden by master rider, Shea, Mr. Brock won well at the post for his Mauritian connections.
The South African bred is by Grade 1 winning stallion Fort Wood out of Cape Badger by Badger Land and was born and bred the at the Mauritfontein Stud owned by Mrs Bridget Oppenheimer.
Owner Serge Seenyen stated after the race that Mr.Brock has been entrusted to trainer Christiane Head-Maarek and will continue his career in France.
ABU DHABI CHAMPIONSHIP
1 Mr Brock (SAF) - Mid-division, going well 600m out, led 100m out, comfortably
2 Yahrab (IRE) - Soon led, headed 400m out, ran on well to close near line
3 Hattan (IRE) - Tracked leader, every chance 400m out, ran on same pace
4 Pompeyano (IRE) - Never near to challenge
5 Mashaahed (GB) - Mid-division on rail, led briefly 400m out, not quicken final 200m
6 Sanbuch (GB) - Raced in rear, never near to challenge
7 Glen Nevis (USA) - Tracked leaders until 500m out, one pace
8 Mulaqat (GB) - Settled in last, never able to challenge
9 Hello Morning (FR) - Tracked leaders, ridden 600m out, ran on same pace
10 Wild Savannah (GB) - Never better than mid-division
11 Weald (GB) - Slowly away, settled rear, never near to challenge
12 Empire Day (UAE) - Never near to challenge
13 Remaadd (USA) - Mid-division, ridden 1000m out, soon beaten