Shock Vodacom Durban July scratching Hawwaam is reported to be back in fine health – but will have to undergo some reschooling and also sit out a suspension.
The champion 3yo was reported by the Stipes to be restless in the stalls and kicked the back gates.
He was removed and examined by the Veterinary Surgeon and was then scratched.
The Stipes have advised that in view of the Starter’s report with regard to Hawwaam this colt’s starting stall certificate is withdrawn and he is suspended in terms of Rule 61.6.10 for a period of 7 days, and until such time as he proves tractable with a companion.
His suspension dates are 7 July to 13 July. He may not be presented for re-passing during this period.
This is the second Gr1 raceday incident involving the talented Hawwaam, who was withdrawn from the Gr1 SA Derby shortly before the race at end March following an incident in the parade ring.
After playing up and getting away from his handlers, Hawwaam breezed the short distance down the racecourse to the starting stalls, where he was quickly caught. But, after a vet check, he was withdrawn.
“He got a fright when Marco van Rensburg was dislodged from his mount in the canter past, reared up and then crashed through the rails. We are thankful he wasn’t hurt, this could’ve been worse, but we had no option but to take him out after what had happened.Hawwaam will be back, we’re not going to dwell on this, we had our 120th Gr1 winner with Soqrat today,” said Mat de Kock at the time.
In other reports from the July, the winner Do It Again also came under scruitiny. At approximately the 250 metre mark Eyes Wide Open had to ease momentarily to avoid the heels of Do It Again which shifted in away from the crop and was immediately straightened.
Jockey Nooresh Juglall signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, in that as the rider of third placed Twist Of Fate, he used his crop more than 12 times in this race. In determining a penalty the Board considered the manner in which he used his crop and his recent record. He was fined R1000.