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Done It Again!

'Don't make Hawwaam the headline' - Mike de Kock

The shock scratching of the boom 3yo big race favourite Hawwaam cast a cloud over Saturday’s R4,2 million Gr1 Vodacom Durban July just minutes prior to 2018 champion Do It Again producing a herculean performance under top weight to become the first horse since El Picha in the year 2000 to achieve the double.

While the scratching of Mike de Kock’s champion 3yo momentarily took the fizz and sparkle out of one of the biggest and most highly anticipated racing and social events in decades at the newly branded Hollywoodbets Greyville, the unleashing of the remaining sixteen runners at the historic 2200m mark quickly refocussed the enthusiastic crowd on the action as Return Flight went up to lead at a fairly modest pace.

Richard Fourie and Do It Again are in full fight to beat Rainbow Bridge and Gavin Lerena (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

The 3yo filly was stalked by Head Honcho, with Juglall doing a great job from the wide gate to have the newly blinkered Twist Of Fate against the running rail in third.

Early on, Do It Again was about ten lengths back.

As the field swung for home, Fourie angled Do It Again out for a clear run in what was to be a match winning move.

With Twist Of Fate soldiering on and Rainbow Bridge taking a shorter route home, Fourie commenced that inimitable left-handed bounce as the defending champion charged for home amid roars from the crowd.

In a classic performance, Do It Again made light of his weight and powered clear to beat Rainbow Bridge by 0,40 lengths in a time of 135,04 secs.

For Richard Fourie, this was a second July victory – but his first opportunity of a joyful canter-past as his previous success in 2014 on Legislate was achieved in the stipes boardroom.

The last horse to achieve the double was El Picha in 1999/2000. Prior to that we have to go back half a century for the previous back-to-back victor.

Gavin Lerena gave Rainbow Bridge every chance but the former SA champion goes back to Gauteng having to wait another year to find his first July winner.

Nooresh Juglall did a great job for Joey Ramsden on Twist Of Fate. The R20 000 son of Master Of My Fate just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and took his earnings to over R3 million at his fifteenth start to run a gutsy third from a diabolical draw.

Eyes Wide Open showed that his recent renaissance after haemoconcentration issues has brought out his true ability. The Cape Derby winner, who will stay in training next season, ran on strongly late for fourth, with the winner’s fairer sex stablemate running out of her skin for fifth and 2,10 lengths behind.

Robbie Hill’s valiant chestnut Camphoratus was the final runner to qualify for a tote place when a half length further back in sixth.

The fancied Barahin never got into the race and finished in eighth, and five lengths off the winner.

Former dual SA Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle ran just over seven lengths back, with only one behind him. Rising eight years of age, he has certainly earned a happy retirement as one of the great horses to have graced our tracks this century.

But, while Hawwaam’s withdrawal was a cloud in the coffee, it was a terrific training performance by the Snaith Racing Team.

The crowd cheer Do It Again home (Pic -Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media)

Do It Again had only one outing since his rather unlucky second in the Sun Met. That was when he beat Cirillo to win the Gr1 Gold Challenge at the same venue last month.

He also carried 6kgs more on Saturday than he did when winning under Anton Marcus last year. So the doubting Thomases had reason to find others and that left a value gap for the Do It fans – although Hawwaam’s withdrawal would have impacted on the tote

A serious candidate for SA Horse Of The Year, Do It Again has now won 7 races with 5 places from 13 starts for stakes of R8 410 000.

The handsome gelding was purchased by John Freeman for R1,1 million at the 2016 National Yearling Sale

Bred by Northfields, Do It Again is a first crop son of Twice Over (Observatory),  who last year became the first sire in the modern era to get a 3yo winner of the Durban July.

He is out of the six-time winning Sweet Virginia (Casey Tibbs).

The Hawwaam withdrawal would have initiated deductions on winning bets via the bookmakers but the scratching was a big blow in terms of refunds for the operator as the tote was flying up to that point.

But it’s fair to observe too that the Saftote website also never faltered once that we observed – a massive improvement on past major days!

Mike De Kock – sporting

Mike de Kock said afterwards that the Vet had made the right decision as his charge was lame and had hurt himself in the gates.

He said that he felt sorry for his staff who had done the hard work and would have enjoyed a good payday had things worked out.

“Let’s hope Hawwaam’s incident isn’t the headline. We still have a horse – he will be back. And let’s not take the glory away from Do It Again’s terrific win,” he said sportingly.

A great day. A great race. There must still be hope for this great game.


Gr1 Vodacom Durban July (SAf-Gr1)

Greyville, South Africa, July 6, R4.25 million, 2200m, turf, good, 2.15.04

1 – DO IT AGAIN (SAF), 60.0, b g 4, Twice Over (GB) – Sweet Virginia (SAF) by Casey Tibbs (IRE). Owner Messrs N Jonsson, B Kantor & Late W J C Mitchell; Breeder Northfields Stud; trainer J Snaith; jockey R Fourie
2 – Rainbow Bridge (SAF), 59.5, b g 4, Ideal World (USA) – Halfway To Heaven (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
3 – Twist Of Fate (SAF), 54.0, b c 3, Master Of My Fate (SAF) – Crescent Lily (SAF) by Counter Action (SAF)
Margins: 0.40, 1.30, 0.25

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39 comments on “Done It Again!

  1. randle says:

    do it again put the second run after a rest theory to bed. its all just up to the trainers to get their horses fit and race ready.

  2. Cameron James says:

    I love this horse Do It Again, Justin has to enter him for the Dubai Sheema Classic, I think his action and stride will suit Meydan, and will just about win that race

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    Another big race, another hot favourite going missing. Hawwaam scratched in the stalls in the July! Do It Again gets a shocking ride in the Met. Hawwaam gets scratched again at the post in another major race as hotpot favourite. Am I beginning to see a trend here?

    1. karel says:

      Get a life, Michael!

  4. Russell Parkinson says:

    Would anybody know what price HAWWAAM was at the time of scratching and hence what the deduction should be off bets struck on DO IT AGAIN .

    1. Editor says:

      Hollywood had him 2-1 : 30% deduction

      Interbet a 35% deduction, apparently

  5. Ronnie Naidoo says:

    Justin congratulations and well done to you and your team on this great achievement.
    You were bullish about the preparations, a great gallop pre the July. What a feat, great horse you have. I hope you go on to win many more features, Do It Again and again!!! ????????????????????

  6. Basil maistry says:

    Pls tell me. If u had taken a bet in june on Hawaam why is it declared a losing ticket. Is it all for the bookies. We as punters keep racing going. This is bullshit. Pla advise if we should take this to court

    1. Editor says:

      Must have been an ante-post bet, Basil?

  7. Dylan says:

    Snaith a master, a true July champion. Fourie was great, would love to see him in the UK. De Kock a true champion for the way he handled this. Great race, the champion won. Well done all. Strengths to Hawwaam team, he’ll be back, he looked superb.

  8. Lou Syfer says:

    While watching coverage of the July day racing I could not help but notice the drop in standards in the dress code of some people in the parade ring. Is it permissible these days to have jeans and an oversized lounge shirt undone, presumably to hide the fat belly? In my opinion this should never be allowed and particularly not on our premier racing day. What controls are there concerning entry to the parade ring? There seemed to be a mass of hangers on that had no right to be there.

  9. Rudi says:

    I want to know why didnt the vet took the horse epic dream in race 12 out to be checked . He reared twice badly and wasnt checked. Hawhaam he took out and checked. Every insidend shoud be handeld the same or not.

    1. Editor says:

      Will check Stipes report when it is released tomorrow, Rudi

  10. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Thank God our Champ is okay…Mike I salute you for taking the knockout blow like a true Champion I’m really saddened by the way it ended up I believe in life everything happens for a reason… people arriving from all over the world to witness such a great race I believe the buzz was something racing fans haven’t witness in years …Well done to Do It Again and connections…Not sure of the programme going forward for Hawwaam and Do it Again…wouldn’t it be the best thing since candy to see a match race taking part between the 2 Champs just imagine the exposure SA will receive get a serious sponcer on board 10 Bar to the winner Come Boys lets get the show on the road it will only be fair on the racing industry and public to see these 2 greats take on each other i really believe we need something like this to happen in SA Horseracing

  11. Kevin Pillay says:

    A racing ombudsman needs to be formed for the racing industry to safe guard the punters…. Once again the punters have been taking for a ride by the scratching of the favorite… I guess a 30% recovery is better than a100 %loss….. The stipes need to look into Anton Marcus actions when taking Hawaan into the starting stalls cos the horse was extremely well behaved… Well done Justin Snaith.. You are truly the best trainer SA had seen.

  12. KM says:

    Disappointed that a decision to withdraw Hawwaam without a proper check by the vet. He looked at the horses mouth and shook his head….It sure left jockey Anton Marcus in disbelief….not to mention the Punters!!
    I totally agree with Rudi, treat every incident similar to this in the same manner, be it a Hawwaam or not.
    Well done Justin and team and Do It Again

    1. Editor says:

      The man with just about the most to lose, Mike de Kock said afterwards that the Vet made the absolutely correct decision in the circumstances.
      Let’s face it, the Vet should be lauded – it took serious spine to make that unpopular call

  13. Rian says:

    The Vet was doing his job, had nothing to do about the size of his Spine or Ba—
    Micheal , I also need a life then, and Kevin agreed start must be looked into as only nervous one seemed to be the Jockey
    MDK team had Hawaam looking a picture of health and admire the man for making himself available after the incident
    Cowboys dont cry Frankie and like I said before the race Cape towns record speaks for itself

  14. alan says:

    i punted do it again thinking that with a clockwise track the horse being ridden by left handed richhard fourie would come up the farside rail and he would not cause any interference. well we all saw where he came from well done to the snaiths always open about there chances. now to the disgraceful handling of hawaam at the start. are the starters at greyville brain dead they know that this is a very tempremental horse and yet they load him before others that just walked in quietly. how can this happen on the biggest raceday in africa??? the vet did a great job cause the whole world could see he was injured on the right rear hind.
    WHYDOES THIS KIND OF THING NOT HAPPEN IN THE BIG GROUP ONES IN ENGLAND. dont our starters and handlers use there brains or do they just not know what is going on. i am not saying that hawaam would have won but this is disgusting what went down yesterday and someone needs to be fired for this incident

  15. Johan Pretorius says:

    Punters were the losers. Not de Kock….Hawaam is on his way to Dubai !
    You will never see it race in South Africa.

  16. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Ag nee F%k Marelise, my Skoonma jinxed us

    She was adamant that her fancy – Lady in Black will finish in front of Hawwaam. Sms’d me last night, reminding me…. That she was right again

    Cameron, well done you gave us D I A and Eden Roc confidently a while ago….

  17. randle says:

    alan i i think hawaam was the last horse to load.

    1. Editor says:

      Randle, Camphoratus was way behind stalls still if memory correct

  18. Asterix says:

    Is it possible to find out how much of the Quartet pool had to refunded due to the scratching? Yegen

  19. Cameron James says:

    Hi Cecil, formlines stood up on the day, had a really good day at the office Lol. If only Oh Susanna had won I would have had a memorable day:

    I played the following horses:
    1.Gimme one night place.
    2.Backed Basilius, Eden Roc, Do It Again, African Warrior, Van Halen, Oh Susanna. This multiple was 1450 to 1. I put 100 on it. So unlucky with Oh Susanna

    Till next year….. CHEERIOS

  20. Cameron James says:

    Cecil, If Do it Again and Hawaam bypass the Champions Cup come end July you can have a good bet on Soqrat. He is crying out for this 1800m at Greyville.

    Eden Roc, well he’s your banker in that 1600m race.

    In the Gold Bracelet, Camphoratus, if she takes her place there will be hard to beat. Ran an absolute cracker.

    In the fillies juvenile race, I love Mill Queen, won oh so well today, remember she beat Cockney Pride.

    Gold Cup my early fancy is Magnificent SEven

    Just my early thoughts.

  21. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Cameron.

    Agree 100% with Soqrat, I joked at the gallops and said he looked like the July horse.

    Magnificent 7 was our July horse, backed in Feb, hope he’s not a run short for Gold Cup. Then again Mr Snaith’s horses win 2nd run after lay offs.

    Stay in touch… Rgds

    ps – At this rate, D I A will become 1st horse in history to win July 3 yrs running ????

  22. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Rian you too cute cowboys don’t cry they just lay down and bleed…Did the Cape boy’s win the July ? yes they did…Did Hawwaam take his place in the July ? No he did not…Would Hawwaam have won the July had he run ? Yes and by a wide margin…Twist of Fate running 3rd should have confirmed that for the Cape boy’s had the Champ taken his place he wins Period…Thank goodness Do it Again was the tote favourite albeit at the 300m mark absolutely shocking that thousands of punters could not enjoy watching the race knowing that the Cape pair were joint favourites on the tote eventually there was a 10c change in the favour of Do it Again at the 300m mark punters were so confused they gave up shouting knowing that it could very easily change again…only once they cross the line you could start feeling safe that Do it Again was tote favourite thousands managed to survive P6’s Jackpots P3 Doubles…Take a deep breath in and breeth out now relax…the tote win pool chopping and changing this BS must end it’s BS what’s is going on we are tired of hearing the 30 seconds filtering it’s more like 70 80 or 90 seconds…sharpen your blades

  23. Marshin says:

    From the camera angle was saw on course from inside the gate. It looked like hawaam was pushed in either by the handler or just on his own to aggressively and then kicked back onto the closed gate.

  24. Doug says:

    Hawaam was one of last to be loaded..If you look at Supersport footage you can see vet looking at hind-leg before looking in mouth..Ante-post bets are not refunded, that’s why you get good odds, not guaranteed to get a run.

  25. Gees says:

    With such a huge Quartet pool and the final dividend being a paltry R2600. Definitely not a get rich quick bet. Will have try something else. Not appealing at all.

  26. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Frankie…

    Hawwaam – Where to from here in SA ?

    Your opinion,,, how good is this horse Buffalo Bill Cody ?

  27. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Gees, my guess is the bulk of the QT pool was refunded to Hawwaam players… Only a small % off players could restructure their bets with the unfortunate scratching

    The eventual result seems to have gone down well, especially D I A ending up tote favorite

  28. Weepee says:

    Another top performance by Rainbow Bridge just not good enough this time. Great to see these two class acts (given Hawwam scratching) battle it out. Hadicapper got it spot on.!

  29. Graham Hurlstone-Jones says:

    You have a valid observation. There are lots of “patterns” in SA racing that I am struggling to find any where else. Being told to “get a life” should not distract you from asking what is going on, our money is being done in cold blood. There are many other ” patterns” which I am busy sharing until I am told to “get a life”….then I shall ratchet it up to show the “patterns” that occur on a daily basis, its not form its the tricks you need to know, an example yesterday….R4 Turf, the 8 was punted for the quartet, the stable mate won at 25/1 ?( Yeni on board ) R 440 exacta, the 12 beats the 8….no form….this happened twice last week with specific trainers, large trebles and exactas, it is still difficult because these trainers have up to 20 horses running on one day so its all about the “pattern” Thats racing, or is it ? I expect it to happen today at Fairview, a 50/1 shot ( maybe a little less depending on the double or treble ) will come in and fit in nicely with a double or treble, same stable…its almost like it is done in turns…Just got to find the pattern……I will not be studying form but looking for the “pattern”….Form is pointless when the “pattern” is on. This is where non horse people walk away, they see things and think….”yeah right, why didn’t anyone say anything” ?……ermmmm because its insider trading as it is called in the business world ( information shared to a few select people to make quick profits at the expense of the shareholder or punter in our instant, wasn’t this one of Jooste’s many game plans to control whole race meetings )….tell me its not a “pattern”…..

  30. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Cecil unfortunately I can’t answer that question I’m almost sure MDK will make it announced soon my gut feeling is that he’ll stay on for a good few months wouldn’t it be great to see him run in the Summer Cup and then going down for the Met to whip Do it Again in his own backyard Lol …Answering your 2nd question Cecil to how good Bufalo Bill Cody is ? MDK made no secret thinking he’s good enough to pull off a July rumours was that he fell ill and set him back so to be ready in time for the July I’m sure he was about 3 weeks away from being spot on im going on complete hearsay….so based on that and watching him win his races he’s very special extra special he gave Cirilo six of the best…Cirilo was unlucky to have been grabbed in the last 50m by Do it Again and back in 3rd was Rainbow Bridge..Going on hearsay again I believe that Do it Again will be heading either to Hong Kong or Australia…Bernard Kantor was telling a family member on Sunday at the airport

  31. Allan says:

    Ignoring the Hawaam incident, the following post July assertions can be made.
    Do it Again and Rainbow Bridge are the top two horses in the country. Twist of Fate is a solid 3yo and Eyes Wide Open is back to best even in receipt of weight. But the most notable other thing is that Camphoratus and Miyabi Gold 5th and 6th respectively, ran well above expectations. A reminder, as mentioned earlier, until Hawaam actually participates its theory, but on a line through Twist of Fate, Hawaam would have been thereabouts. Come on the Met.

  32. Cameron James says:

    Sometimes these ratings appear deceiving, one must remember that Do It Again is a hold up horse and won’t win many races by big margins.

    Twist of fate received 7kg from Do It Again, Hawaam would only have received 4kg. Do It Again was running away from his opposition and by an extending margin so the 1.3 lengths Twist of Fate finished behind could have flattered him.

    Maybe it’s time we salute the best thing to happen to horse racing since Pocket Power. Do It Again is a champion and shows the strength of the current 4 year old crop. Rainbow Bridge not far behind, the results speak for themselves. I’d make Do It Again at least a 128.

    Could we have over rated the 3 year old crop? Barahin was supposed to be close to Hawaam, and in receipt of 7kg didn’t get close.

    Time will tell…. In my opinion Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge remind me of Dynasty and Yard Arm.

  33. Victoria Roets says:

    Hawwaam was loaded last. The error was not from his handler but from closing the back gates of the pen too quickly. The horse pushed forwards, then backwards, then forwards again. His handler tried to keep a hold on him. But Hawwaam panicked as he could not go anywhere. He was obviously lame on the hind when checked. Vet made correct call.

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