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Racing pundits watched in awe as Mike de Kock-trained Mubtaahij romped to an eight-length victory in the Grade 2 UAE Derby at Meydan last Saturday.

However, De Kock is not the only South African connection to this colt, who is likely to be heading off to the USA to contest the Kentucky Derby next month. Mubtaahij was bred in Ireland and is out of a Pennekamp mare named Pennegale.

As it happens Mary Slack owns a half-sister to the UAE Derby winner, who is by Holy Roman Emperor and named Saint Mary. She is in training with Brett Crawford in Cape Town and is a one-time winner. However, she has only run eight times and has also placed twice.

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