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Hawwaam at Milnerton with his two half-brothers

While he may not boast the nimble nature required to get down the chimney, multiple champion trainer Mike de Kock has played Santa Claus for South African horseracing for longer than we can remember, dishing out equine gifts all year long.

This year he has brought the budding superstar Hawwaam to Cape Town against all the odds.

The Mike de Kock website recently published the pic below of three sons of the outstanding Wilgerbosdrift broodmare Halfway To Heaven pictured at the Milnerton training centre.

On the left is Hawwaam (Silvano), in the middle Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World) and on the right Golden Ducat (Philanthropist). The latter pair are trained by Eric Sands.

Hawwaam raised the Cape Summer Season bar last Saturday, winning the Gr2 Premier Trophy.

Not bad at his second run after a rest, after travelling 1445 km from his home base under AHS red tape – and being based at Milnerton, a training centre far removed from the relative five star comforts of home.

A daughter of Jet Master, SA Champion Broodmare Halfway To Heaven is out of the Rambo Dancer mare Pas De Basque and is inbred 3×3 to Northern Dancer.

We wish all our readers, advertisers, friends and detractors, and all in the racing & breeding industry, a wonderful festive season, a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020.

And while this is the one day of the year we don’t race, life goes on in the stable yards and we raise a toast to the Grooms and stable staff who were at the grindstone this morning.

Our next local racemeeting is at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Boxing Day – a minimum Pick 6 pool of R1,7 million is guaranteed. Watch this space for more and see you there.

  • Pic – courtesy of Mike de Kock Racing

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24 comments on “Enjoy It!

  1. Dave says:

    Dear Mr Editor – are you inferring that Mike de Kock is bigger than Santa Claus :)…….thanks and best wishes to you and your team for a whole bunch of interesting racing articles throughout the year, keeping us well informed about the pastime we love so dearly ….

    1. Editor says:

      Never, Dave 🙂
      The modern chimneys are just smaller than they used to be.
      Appreciate your kind compliments!
      Best to you and yours – and dont forget we race at Hollywoodbets Greyville tomorrow

  2. Kay says:

    Thanks Mr Ed for the beautiful pic of the 3 brothers standing next to each other. My Christmas wish is that Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam to finish as one in both the LQP and Sun Met and that Golden Ducat runs on both days hopefully a winner of course. But then again there’s the Do It Again factor. Merry Christmas Mr Editor to you, your staff and family. Thanks for a great racing paper.

    1. Editor says:

      Cheers Kay
      Appreciate the festive feedback

  3. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Merry Xmas Mr Editor and all at SP. Also to all Posters on this site 🎅

    Indeed, Hollywoodbets Greyville t-m, look fwd to your article on the Listed Xmas and Gr3 race 👍

    1. Editor says:

      Cheers Cecil 🙂

  4. master says:

    What a picture……
    On another note…
    Ed, any idea where we can get videos of horses like Jet Master, Free my Heart…..?

    1. Editor says:

      Will pm you, Master

  5. Kay says:

    Great idea Master. The other day i watched videos on Tommy Hotspur and its wonderful watching these outstanding horses of the past. I know Horse Chestnut is freely available but i havent seen videos of the other past stars as Pocket Power, Jet Master, Empress Club, Igugu, London News, Prince Florimund and others. Pity if nothing is available anywhere,

  6. Kay, over the Kenilworth 2000m, as 4 y/o’s, all carrying level weights, this is my idea of the finishing order, and as not to upset Mr JC Ching, the legendary Sea Cottage did not accept to run in this imaginary race :

    1 – Horse Chestnut
    2 – Prince Florimund
    3 – Variety Club
    4 – Model Man
    5 – Wolf Power
    6 – Pas de Quoi
    7 – Fools Holme
    8 – Politician
    9 – Empress Club
    10 – Flaming Rock

    11 – General Franco

    Over 1800m – certainly a few changes

    Over 1600m, even more new faces

    1. karel says:

      Bush Telegraph?
      Enchanted Garden?
      Mark Anthony?

  7. DavidS says:

    William you started off so nice with your 1st 2 finishers, then you wobbled

  8. Steve Reid says:

    @William no space for the legend Pocket Power on your list?

    Personally I wouldnt have Wolf Power on the 2000 list despite his Met victory but he would be a definite for the 1600 list.

    Just my opinion.


    Yes Steve, I have him in my Top 10 for my imaginary mile race.

    That you be my Xmas present.

    Compliments of the Season to You and Your Family

  10. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Hawwaam ? Sea Cottage ? Mark Anthony ? Delete 3 6 and 10… you agree David S


    Mark Anthony is a special case.

    Even though he had a landslide victory in the Met, I have him in my top 10 for the 1600 and 1800m race due to his remarkable run when beating Royal Chalice in the 1987 Queens Plate.

    Potomac, yes 2000m


    Another one, Foveros, would beat most other Champions of their Year over 2000m

  13. Graham Martin says:

    Variety Club was not a 2000m horse, The Grey Bomber (Wolf Power ) was a miler!


    Karel, I couldn’t count how many times I have watched Potomac and Model Man slug it out in their Daily News 2000.

    Basil Marcus and Felix Coetzee riding for their lives !

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  16. Graham Martin says:

    True, Foveros was a great champion! also a good sire!

  17. Donald says:

    In Full Flight , Yataghan , Mazarin ? ? ! ?


    In Full Flight , Yataghan , Mazarin, all out of the date range for my play-play list.

    Otherwise, William Penn and Sea Cottage will be in.

    Elevation would be invited to my Turffontein 2000m ‘play-play’ race as he was the Holiday Inn champ.

    Yes, of course, Wolf Power is in my top 3 for my 1600m race, but his win from attacking wide, with 58.5kg, was so authoritative in the Met, he still goes in.

    And more or less the same for Variety Club, at 4 and 5, I feel he could have won the July with 61.5kg.

    Variety Club, 2nd best over 1600m for me from 1977 onwards.

    Thanks for your reminder Graham

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