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Triple Crown Dream Begins

Unbeaten Silvano colt takes on toughest test yet

Rainbow Bridge won the Sun Met, now the attention turns to his half-brother Hawwaam as the search begins for the next SA Triple Crown winner at Turffontein on Saturday.

Unbeaten Hawwaam – exciting sort

The SA Triple Crown provides a R2-million bonus for any horse who can win the Guineas, SA Classic and SA Derby in the same season.

The Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara will go to any filly who can win the Gauteng Fillies Guineas, The SA Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks.

Trainer Mike de Kock sidestepped the trip to Cape Town with Hawwaam to have a crack at the Triple Crown for new stable star Hawwaam so as expected, he is one of the 15 runners who will be lining up for the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas over 1 600m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Hawwaam is unbeaten in three starts with his most spectacular win coming in the Grade 2 Dingaans over this course and distance. It was only his second start, and the son of Silvano, from a bad draw and coming from last, cut a swathe through the field to win going away by 3.40 lengths.

Gavin Lerena, who rode him in the colt’s last two starts, is back on him for the Guineas.

His next start was in the Tony Ruffel Stakes over 1 400m which is too sharp for him but he displayed tremendous courage to get up close home to beat Inexhaustible by a long head.

Barahin is back!

His biggest threats could come from his own stablemates – Alyaasaat and Barahin. The latter has not raced since winning the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe but De Kock has engaged Anton Marcus for the ride, which indicates all is well with the son of Gimmethegreenlight.

Marcus will have to be at his best as his mount is drawn in gate No 15.  Bernard Fayd’Herbe will be riding Alyaasaat who is nicely drawn at No 7.

De Kock also has Arlington’s Revenge in the field. He has improved markedly but will be fully tested at this level.

Sean Tarry has three runners in Against the Grain (Luke Ferraris), Vontreo (Muzi Yeni) and Zillzaal (Lyle Hewitson).

R1 000 000 1600m GAUTENG GUINEAS (Grade 2)
For 3 year-olds (1st Leg SA Triple Crown)No Apprentice Allowance

1 11 Hawwaam 60 112 A G Lerena Mike de Kock
2 1 National Park 60 112 A R Fourie Yvette Bremner
3 7 Alyaasaat (AUS) 60 111 A B Fayd’Herbe Mike de Kock
4 15 Barahin 60 106 A A Marcus Mike de Kock
5 14 Marchingontogether 60 103 BA W Kennedy Chesney van Zyl
6 2 Chijmes 60 97 A *D Schwarz Gary Alexander
7 4 Green Haze 60 95 BA R Danielson Alec Laird
8 6 Against The Grain 60 92 A *L J Ferraris Sean Tarry
9 5 Approach Control 60 92 A C Zackey Candice Dawson
10 3 Owlinthetree 60 91 A C Maujean Geoff Woodruff
11 13 Vontreo 60 90 A M Yeni Sean Tarry
12 9 Stream Ahead 60 89 T A K Zechner Chesney van Zyl
13 10 Zillzaal 60 88 A L Hewitson Sean Tarry
14 12 Rocky Night 60 86 A R Munger Ashley Fortune
15 8 Arlingtons Revenge 60 80 A R Simons Mike de Kock
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,3,4,15) (5,12) (8,11,13)

The Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas looks highly competitive with the likes of Tarry-trained Celtic Sea, St John Gray’s Ronnie’s Candy, De Kock-trained Nafaayes, Storm Destiny and Dagmar, as well as Blossom, the daughter of Cherry On The Top trained by Ormond Ferraris.

Ronnie’s Candy – smart sort

 R750 000 1600m WILGERBOSDRIFT GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS (Grade 2)
3yo Fillies (1st Leg Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara)

No Apprentice Allowance

1 4 Nafaayes (AUS) 60 109 A W Kennedy Mike de Kock
2 10 Ronnie’s Candy 60 105 T A C Orffer St John Gray
3 8 Celtic Sea 60 100 BA L Hewitson Sean Tarry
4 7 Chitengo 60 95 BA R Danielson Alec Laird
5 13 Storm Destiny 60 95 A G Lerena Mike de Kock
6 2 Running Brave 60 94 A D L Habib Paul Matchett
7 11 I Like It 60 92 TBA S Brown Stephen Moffatt
8 15 Just Chaos 60 91 A B Fayd’Herbe Sharon B Kotzen
9 16 Railtrip 60 91 TBA K Zechner Chesney van Zyl
10 6 Dagmar 60 90 A R Simons Mike de Kock
11 17 Perfect Tigress 60 89 BA R Munger M G Azzie/A A Azzie
12 14 Vistula 60 89 T A M Yeni Paul Peter
13 18 Blossom 60 88 A R Fourie Ormond Ferraris
14 1 Saints Alive 60 87 T A …………… Sean Tarry
15 5 Scent Of Evening 60 87 T A C Zackey Lucky Houdalakis
16 12 Cordillera 60 86 A *L J Ferraris Sean Tarry
17 3 Mazari 60 85 A Reserve 1 Tobie Spies
18 9 Vi Va Pi Pa 60 82 BA Reserve 2 Sean Tarry
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,5,10) (3,14,16,18)
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