Michael F. de Kock
In 1981, Michael de Kock was drafted into the Equestrian Unit of the South African Defence Force and became a riding instructor. An assistant to Ormond Ferraris and then to Ricky Howard-Ginsberg, de Kock took over at age 25 after Ginsberg's death.
A Grade I-winning trainer just months later with Evening Mist, de Kock won his first South African Trainers' Championship in 1998-99, and was the trainer of South African Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut and 2003 Dubai Horse of the Year Ipi Tombe.
De Kock trained 2008 Arlington Million runner-up Archipenko and has been a steady presence in Dubai, earning multiple wins in the UAE Derby and Dubai Duty Free, and trained Eagle Mountain to a runner-up performance in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf.