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Hawwaam – But Close!

A few nervous moments

Still undefeated, but he knows he was in a scrap.

After winning his first two starts with authority, Mike de Kock’s exciting Silvano colt Hawwaam was called on for the first time to show some fight when winning Sunday’s R250 000 Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes.

Gavin Lerena drives Hawwaam up the outside as Luke Ferraris works hard on Inexhaustible (Pic – JC Photos)

A popular odds-on favourite and everybody’s Pick 6 and Jackpot banker, Dingaans winner Hawwaam completed a Gr3 feature double on the day for Mike de Kock and Gavin Lerena, but it wasn’t walk in the park stuff, as most of us anticipated for L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate third-placer Rainbow Bridge’s half-brother.

KZN raider Stream Ahead under Warren Kennedy was four lengths clear as they turned for home in the 1400m contest.

After racing awkwardly and not settling early on, Hawwaam was some ten lengths off the chasing group led by Inexhaustible and Rocky Night.

Paul Peter’s longshot Inexhaustible took it up at the 300m, with Hawwaam appearing to be swooping for the kill and under no pressure.

This is when Gavin Lerena’s body language told a different story as Inexhaustible wasn’t coming back to him and the pressure was suddenly on.

After being reminded of his task, Hawwaam found his stride and he got there by a neck in a time of 85,49 secs –  slower than the fillies a half hour earlier.

Vontreo finished strongly for third while the filly Celtic Sea became slightly one-paced late and finished fourth.

It was not the way a 1-4 is expected to beat a 44-1 but the experience should stand Hawwaam in good stead as he goes into the Highveld season with big things expected.

Unbeaten in three starts, Hawwaam has now grossed R528 125 and looks well on his way to recouping his R1 million National Yearling Sale price tag.

Bred by Mauritzfontein & Wilgerbosdrift, he is a son of multiple champion Silvano (Lomitas) out of the seven-time winner, Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master).

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Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Turffontein, South Africa, January 6, R250k, 1400m, turf, good, 1.25.49

1 – HAWWAAM (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Silvano (GER) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF). Owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum; Breeder Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein; trainer MF de Kock; jockey G Lerena
2 – Inexhaustible (SAF), 58.0, b c 3, Querari (GER) – La Garita (SAF) by Lateral (GB)
3 – Vontreo (SAF), 58.0, b g 3, Mambo In Seattle (USA) – Captain’s Lullaby (SAF) by Captain Al (SAF)
Margins: 0.20, 0.50, 0.70

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3 comments on “Hawwaam – But Close!

  1. jim says:

    well this is getting interesting. hawwaam is obviously very highly rated by mdk, and his comment that the handicapper has to think about the staus quo should lead to some interesting changes. on the dingaans form hawwaam is lengths better than soqrat who is now better than legal eagle et al except do it again. excluding the tony ruffel how does the editor rate the lqp field and where do sussanah the buffalo and hawaam fit in ?

  2. jim says:

    do it again 125
    soqrat 124
    sussana 121
    eagle121
    rainbow 119
    hawwaam 112
    buffalo bill 108

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    I hold 3 yr olds who feature prominently in the Queens’ s Plate in the highest regard, and their form and the form of horses that ran against them generally holds up throughout the season. Gimmethegreenlight and Noah from Goa springs to mind and now we have Soqrat who will be a good line horse throughout the season. In recent years the MR of 3 yr olds in SA has been far too high and very often they only competed against their own age group. They were then very often weighted out of the July. This is the first time in ages that we have a true, proven topclass 3 yr old (Soqrat) and it will be interesting to see how the rest of his 3yr old season unfolds.

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