Mike De Kock is looking forward to running his very smart middle-distance performer Bold Silvano at Meydan on February 9 as the horse who was a strong fancy to win last year’s Dubai World Cup but missed the race due to injury prepares to make up for lost time and get back on track when he tackles the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes over a mile, writes Elliot Slater.

Now a six-year-old, Bold Silvano has been very lightly raced during his career and has seen a racetrack only six times before having failed to make it to the starting gate until his four-year-old season where he made up for lost time by proving himself a very capable performer in his native South Africa, failing by only a neck to win in Grade 1 company on only his third racecourse appearance in the Daily News 2000 at Greyville in June 2010 before eventually getting off the mark in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July Handicap over 11 furlongs by a length from the smart Irish Flame.

De Kock transferred the son of Silvano to his Dubai base last winter where it was clear the entire had settled very well into his new surroundings, easily landing the Group 3 Al Makhtoum Challenge at Meydan last March, a performance that prompted a rush of horse racing tips  to predict imminent success and many bookmakers to make him favourite for the World Cup. Unfortunately the famously fragile performer sustained a muscle injury and missed the big race and has not been seen in action since.

All now seems well with Bold Silvano, currently a best racing odds 8/1 shot to win next month’s renewal of the Dubai World Cup, and de Kock feels the mile contest should sharpen his charge up sufficiently to have him at his peak to pit himself against some of the very best horses in the world over 10 furlongs on March 31.

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