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Classic Hawwaam!

One horse race as Silvano colt makes it look easy

The highly anticipated return clash of the PE-based Gauteng Guineas winner National Park and boom Mike de Kock colt Hawwaam failed to materialise when the latter stormed to a runaway victory in the R2 million Gr1 SA Classic at Turffontein on Saturday.

Always highly regarded after winning his first three races on the trot, and then running on too late when outgunned by National Park in the Gauteng Guineas last time, Hawwaam came back firing on all cylinders on Saturday with a victory that had pure class written all over it.

Gavin Lerena only has to point Hawwaam in the right direction (Pic – JC Photos)

With Richard Fourie implementing a brave new tactical approach by dropping National Park out to track Hawwaam early, it was the longshot Approach Control who ensured a decent gallop from Alyaasaat and Roll Of Drums, with Zillzaal and Barahin further back.

With Approach Control coming up for air at the 400m, Hawwaam and National Park launched a pincer type move – both powering home from either side of the track.

At the 200m it was race over though as National Park appeared to falter and Hawwaam in full flight.

The dashing son of Silvano kept on strongly to put 5,75 lengths between himself and stablemate Barahin who cruised past National Park to bank second. The winner’s time was 109.35 secs.

The PE raider looked dangerous momentarily but was well beaten by 7,25 lengths and his brilliance may not extend beyond the mile – and he has had a tough campaign, punctuated by plenty of time on the road between his home base and Johannesburg.

Sean Tarry’s Zillwaal will be a lot more effective in the Derby and ran11,25 lengths back in fourth.

The rest were merely making up the numbers.

Winning jockey Gavin Lerena (pictured above) complimented the De Kock team and said that Hawwaam’s tendency to pull hard meant it was a lot of hard work that went in to working him out.

Mathew de Kock deputised for his Dad who is in Dubai in advance of Super Saturday.

“It’s a massive team effort and I don’t want to mention names and leave anybody out. But Bomber Nel helped us with the bit, which made a big difference. Now it’s up to my Dad and Angus Gold as regards Hawwaam’s  future programme. He is another sale selection for Jehan Malherbe and my Dad – Hawwaam is our third Gr1 winning colt this season!” added the young assistant trainer proudly.

Hawwaam has now grossed R1 978 125 with his 4th win and 1 place from 5 starts.  He also banked the R154 000 BSA Added Value Stakes incentive.

A R1 million National Yearling Sale graduate, the half-brother to Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge was bred by Mauritzfontein & Wilgerbosdrift, and is a son of multiple champion Silvano (Lomitas) out of the seven-time winner, Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master).

The latter must be favourite for SA Broodmare of the Year at this stage of the game.

With minimal opposition on the horizon, Hawwaam looks likely to return for the 2450 SA Derby at the end of this month.


Gr1 SA Classic (SAf-Gr1)

Turffontein, South Africa, March 2, R2 million, 1800m, turf, good, 1.49.35

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 – Barahin (SAF), 60.0, b c 3, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Mocha Special (SAF) by Silvano (GER)
3 – National Park (SAF), 60.0, b g 3, Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) – Fancy Park (SAF) by Camden Park (USA)
Margins: 5.75, 1.50, 4.00

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10 comments on “Classic Hawwaam!

  1. Hogan Govindsamy says:

    Ag Shame William ,you cost your buddies a few rands.Hawaam came home smoking a pipe and then some.I wish to apologise to my fellow readers ,I said Hawaam will win by 2 lengths easing up – he won by 4 and 3 quarters easing up.To the naysayers willing to write off Hawaam after one run ,what were you thinking.To Sheldon Peters – what are you talking about – ‘a star in the making’ – Hawaam is a star already.Best 3 year old colt in the country.What a race day,spoiled by Andrew Bon’s longwinded – not getting to the point – comments ,did the same thing on Met day.Is he the best we can get on Teletrack.Well done to the de Kock team ! – Never doubted this Team and especially well done to Mr.Gavin Lerena – the most unassuming ,humble jockey you will find,may your association with Hawaam long continue even into Dubai.

  2. beatle says:

    Great effort from the De Kock yard – just a pity we won’t see this horse in our greatest race the July .We as racing fans know that he has to go the Dubai route as his MR will keep him out of any chance of seeing him in Durban . Would have been a great match to see brother vs brother in July

  3. Peter says:

    Agree total with you Hogan on all your comments, especially about Andrew Bon. He must be the most boring and irritating presenter we have. You 100% right is there know one else.

  4. Wayne Fouche says:

    Great win by Hawwaam!! I have 2 comments – 1. Why do these racing fundis have to show even the smallest portion of a race from way up in the sky? For heavens sake I want to see all races from ground level or just slightly above. One can see nothing of value from the sky. 2 Please PLEASE get rid of Andrew Bon. He is a pain in the fundamental with his stupid inane comments and why would a tired jock want to answer those silly questions?

  5. Peter says:

    Hogan,completly agree about your comments regarding the presenter, longwinded.

  6. Dean says:

    Mr Wayne Fouch I completely agree
    For me the most important part of a race is the start. It was really annoying not seeing how the horse I backed jumped

  7. Mathys says:

    The stewards must look at anton Marcus way of riding look at race 3 at greyville on the 03/03/2019 with the favorite he didn’t even ride the horse the last 50 meters check his hands we put money contact horses but if he rides like that that like stealing money from punters


    Well spotted Hogan.

    Have you a R10 to lend me until next week…for bread ?

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    LoL William, next time we’ll banker Hawwaam and Soqrat,,, eish didn’t even look at the Van Rensburg horse in Soqrat’s race, correction, didn’t look at any other horse. Happy for all 9.44 winners of the Big Pick 6. No complaints, next time. (Flamingo Park t-m, always include Oom Bill Human’s long shot horses in the JP)


    Yip, now we all know exactly how good Hawwaam for 1800m+. Impressive hey!

    All I got right for a straight win, was High Seas Beauty.

    Thank goodness my overseas punters are a mature lot. We have plenty of debate about my SA suggestions/tips which give to them, and conversely I pose plenty of questions about UK & Irish races, by them.

    Mostly they make up their own minds, which leads to a healthy and long lasting relationship.

    Please send me a doggy-bag, Cecil

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