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The World Takes Note of Hawwaam!

3yo son of Silvano is in good company

Mike de Kock’s recent Gr1 SA Classic winner Hawwaam is ranked at joint tenth position on the first edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019.

The 3yo son of Silvano is the youngest horse in the top 10.

Superstar Hawwaam

Hawwaam’s half-brother Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World) and the 3yo National Park (Gimmethegreenlight) are at joint 14th position.

The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 3yos and upwards, which raced between  1st January 2019 – 10th March 2019, features three well-known names at the top.

BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ) [125], CITY OF LIGHT (USA) [125] and WINX (AUS) [125] are equally rated for their efforts at the beginning of the year.

See the full list here

Winx, the co-2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, has continued her winning ways. Her victories in 2019 include the Tab Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes and Gr2 The Star Apollo Stakes and she has now won 31 consecutive races overall.

Beauty Generation has remained dominant in Hong Kong, taking The Gr1 Stewards’ Cup in January and The Gr1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup in February.

Hong Kong champ Beauty Generation

City of Light, meanwhile, finished his career by winning the Gr1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and has retired to stud.

Several other runners have also already reached the 120 mark early into the year. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS) [123] sits in the fourth spot just behind the leaders after finishing second to Winx in both of their meetings in 2019.

Five horses are ranked joint fifth.

In Hong Kong, BEAT THE CLOCK (AUS) [120] won The Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup before finishing second to Beauty Generation in The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, while EXULTANT (IRE) [120] was victorious in The Gr1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup  and Gr3 Centenary Vase (G3).

In Australia, TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS) [120] took the Gr1 Canterbury League Club Stakes, and SANTA ANA LANE (AUS) [120] was fifth in the Gr1     Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap In the United States, ROY H (USA) [120] won the Gr2 Palos Verdes Stakes..

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11 comments on “The World Takes Note of Hawwaam!

  1. Riaan. says:

    Hawwaam must Run in the JULY Then. Looks like De Kock have excuses again already. Saying that the Daily news 2000 is an option. That means nothing to the Horse CV.

  2. Vincent says:

    Would like to see National Park and Hawwaam go for the July. I am pretty sure PE region will has a July winner. They both would have come on by then but National Park has that special look.

  3. Nico says:

    I think running Hawaam in the country again is just a precession. His bloodlines say Grade 1, his wins so far say, Grade 1, He’ll end up in Dubai soon and probably back here eventually for Stallion duty

  4. MichaelMGJ says:

    Hawwaam will have to prove himself on the big stage before I am convinced he is in the top 10 worldwide. It is important to understand too that the top 3yr olds internationally have not yet stepped out for the 2019 racing season (The Kentucky Derby and English and French Classics). Also Hawwaam has lost twice when he was expected to win. A win in the July would therefore cement his reputation.

  5. MichaelMGJ says:

    Apologies, Hawwaam has only been beaten once. A very good horse with a bright future. Let’s see how bright

  6. Adesh rambally says:

    Buffalo bill cody for the July… Mike is really good at what he does…watch the space.


    Michael MGJ – spot on.

    If it is thought or shown, down the line, that he is equal to this rating (he could be) or better, then why not send him to the UK now, for a crack at York or Ascot in 2020 ? Leave Dubai out .

    Let him get used to just one sort or condition of turf.


    Then raid Dubai in February/March 2021.. he’ll still be 5

    What’s the rush ?

  9. Jay August says:

    Concur with the comments from MichaelMGJ and William M. Horses in Europe of this age and calibre would now be starting to take on older horses. Hawwaam seemingly will duck that challenge until the end of July. In addition all his runs have been at Turffontein. How will he handle another track and other challenges?

    He still has to meet One World and Twist of Fate in addition to his stable companion Soqrat, never mind Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge. A good horse no doubt, a potential great for sure, but there is still lots to prove and a Dubai campaign can go any way, depending on how the horse travels and takes quarantine. Personally I hope he stays in SA until at least the 2020 Met before he gets whisked off overseas.


    Yes Jay. I’m with you. Why the big hoo-haa about TOP 3 year olds carrying top weight in the July ?

    On July day, Hawwaam will be 3 and a half weeks away from turning FOUR.

    Secondly, he won’t be an up-and-coming 105++ .

    Thirdly, he won’t have to run against any horse carrying 48 kgs.

    Last year’s lowest weight in the July was only a stupid 52 kg ! (Secret Potion).

    On July Day, at Sandown, 3yo’s take on 4yo’s in the Coral Eclipse over 2000m facing the daunting uphill finish.

    These 3yo’s are 5 months & 3 weeks away from turning FOUR. Granted it is on Weight For Age terms but they are long-way away from been four.

  11. Jay August says:

    William I agree with your July comments with one proviso. I do not think that currently the monetary incentive for the July is large enough to attract the bulk of the top horses. We have so many “gimmick” races in SA with R5m or R6m on offer yet the July has less prize money.

    SA breeders really need to start thinking about sponsoring an end of season day like the Breeders Cup in the US or Champions day at Ascot. A stake of R10m for the July may restore some its lost (my perception – may not be others) status as the premier event for our best horses.

    I just do not see the racing program in its current guise sufficient to keep really top horses in SA, more so if they are foreign owned like Hawwaam. If it were not for the export and quarantine difficulties I suspect we would be left with sub 100MR horses competing for most of our main races.

    Can you imagine a July with Hawwaam, Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Barahin? Now there would be something to look forward to!

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