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De Kock Pair Are Australia Bound

Hawwaam steps out at Turffontein on Thursday

Mike de Kock’s power duo of Saturday’s Summer Cup runner-up Soqrat and superstar Hawaam are set to launch an attack on the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate-Sun Met double before being exported to Australia.

Hawwaam, who was super impressive in a return run over 1200m at the Vaal on 14 November is carded to run at Turffontein on Thursday in a mile Pinnacle Stakes – a six horse field which he looks to have on a plate.

Mike de Kock – ready to conquer the world (Pic – Mike de Kock Racing)

Soqrat was left with a lot of ground to make up in a slight deviation from his usual running style in Saturday’s Summer Cup and was just under a half length in arrears at the line behind shock winner, Zillzaal.

Hawwaam is an entry in the Gr2 Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday 14 December but is unlikely to run – unless Thursday’s meeting is rained out.

The bang in-form trainer Mike de Kock, who had a slightly frustrating Summer Cup day by his high standards but leads the SA Championship log, told the Sporting Post on Sunday that both Haawwaam and Soqrat  would travel to the Cape by 10 December, if there was no further outbreak of AHS.

“Both my horses are on track for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Sun Met and then off to the UK en route to Australia. That is subject to the protocols being lifted and I’m confident of that happening,” said the multiple champion trainer.

He announced in August that he and son Mathew would be setting up a satellite yard at the Cranbourne Racing Centre outside of Melbourne, Victoria.

He said at the time that they were doing this as a pre-emptive move for our exports protocols opening up and that they have been doing things the other way around, focusing on importing horses from Australia.

“Soon we’ll be exporting from South Africa at an exchange rate of roughly 10 rand to the Australian dollar, which is a great opportunity and makes good business sense. We will also be supporting the Australian market as we have been doing.”

Hawwaam and Soqrat are two of the top five rated horses in South Africa currently.

The Green Point Stakes declares on Thursday, 5 December.

First entries for the Sun Met are due on Wednesday, 4 December.

Hawwam runs in the fifth at Turffontein on Thursday:

 R130 000 1600m 15:10 Ref-410
1st R75400, 2nd R26000, 3rd R13000, 4th R6500, 5th R2600, 6th R1300, 7th R1300, 8th R1300, 9th R1300, 10th R1300
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0kgs
1 5 Hawwaam 62 131 AM A Marcus Mike de Kock
2 1 Hero’s Honour 58 115 A *D Schwarz Gary Alexander
3 4 Tierra Del Fuego 56 108 A R Danielson Sean Tarry
4 3 Lake Kinneret 54 106 A P Strydom St John Gray
5 6 Gift For The Gap 52 100 A S Khumalo Tyrone Zackey
6 2 Shukamisa 52 97 BA W Kennedy Paul Peter
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote

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17 comments on “De Kock Pair Are Australia Bound

  1. jc lee ching says:

    This Soqrat is a proper race horse. His run in the Summer Cup was sensational. He was beaten by the draw, the weight and a fast initial pace ensuring him running four horses wide most of the way. Gallant in defeat. His run in the Queens Plate this year as a young Three Year old was fantastic, marking himself as a future champion. To be honest I did not give him much of a chance in the Summer Cup but he proved me wrong and what a good horse he is.

  2. Shadrack says:

    I cnt wait to see hawwaam soqrat DIA Rainbow bridge

  3. Stephen says:

    Is their any chance to get a visit of Hawwaam when he goes to the UK? Surely his owner wants to try some races here.?I’ve already stated Hawwaam is by no means Bottomed and they don’t know how much is there. I’ve had it from two Jockeys who’ve rode the best that he’s the best horse theyve ever sat on. 138 I rate him in South Africa. That’s about the same as 129 UK!
    Crystal Ocean whose our highest rated Horse. If hes staying in Newmarket. Why would he be going to the UK to get to Australia. It’s hard to win those cape races from Gauteng. But I think this pair are much better equipped. Are you allowed medication in SA? It just struck me Zilzal winning has he been pre allowed steroids for joints?

    In the UK very few people know our horses can be allowed steroids for Arthritic knee joints in horses it is never published and everyone thinks its not allowed when it is with a medical certificate and it does help horses run to their previous marks as there joints are fine for about 6 months after a jab

  4. Dylan says:

    It would be great to see them leave now and prep for the UK season and not so late after the Met. It’s just not enough time.

  5. They are banking on the AHS rules being changed, there’s a new cure been invented in Dubai of all places, biosecurity in south africa is really good by all yards, it’s not the horse that passes the infection it’s the south African mosquito that transfers the infection to British midgee or British mosquito, but quarantine rules are being relaxed for south African horses very soon, that’s without this new cure which will create millions of jobs for south african horse industry with exporting horses and boost your markets so start buying horses now they’ll be worth fortunes soon good pedigrees that you have silvano especially Duke of marmalade captain all..

  6. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…I just love the 3 stars next to Hawwaams name in computaform and the comment made…Will win if behaves… the comment in computaform should read..The World is your Oyster …with 5 stars

  7. Rian says:

    Running in a Pinnacle on Thurs and bragging about the 3 stars just shows the hype
    What world oysters you talking about xxx do you have any races in mind , that he might get invited to overseas ??????
    Do you think he could break Winx record ????
    Shoo can’t wait for our Cape Stars to show him a thing or two

  8. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Rian I can’t wait to shut your mouth…


    Hello Stephen,

    It’s a artificial rating. Our glorious NHA have Hawwaam @ 131 which is 121 because of the home grown, imaginary & hijacked 10 merit point increase, across the board.

    So, 121 represents half kilo’s here, so in UK terms, give or take for the sake of a nitty gritty argument/debate, between a 132 & a 135.

    Based our local 131, Hawwaam would give Frankel a galloping lesson …hey ! , and you thought you guys have problems with Brexit ! ?


    Hawwaam’s world is but a pap snoek

  11. Mike Miles says:


  12. Michael Jacobs says:

    Let’s not go overboard on Hawwaam. He has not beaten anything of note. He has been scratched twice before big races which may or may not have cemented his class. Let’s see him perform in the 2 top Cape WFA races before we rave about this horse. I’ll reserve my judgement.

  13. CAMERON JAMES says:

    It’s unbelievable that this horse Do It Again is perennially not given the credit he so richly deserves. He has beaten the best time and time again. The margins of his victories are deceiving, he’s a hold up horse and will only get there at the line.

    Not since Pocket Power have I seen a horse who who is so dominant over this period of time. Look to win the July with 60kg is no easy feat and the horses that ran behind him have since gone onto bigger things. And giving them weight too.

    Maybe the reason he’s not showered with praise is that he’s a gelding. This is a proper racehorse. Could hold his own in any racing jurisdiction.

    Hawaam may prove me wrong, but until he goes up against somethng of note, I have my reservations.

    He wreaks of that horse Mr DeKock had, Kildonan, Flattered to deceive.

    The double in the Green Point and Met looks tempting. If only they priced up the Queens Plate now, treble looks great value…..

  14. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Morning MR Ed pls could you find out if Michael Jacobs is still on daily meds ? i would recommend to his doc to double the dosegeTks

    1. Editor says:

      Sounds chronic Frankie
      Michael will respond, we are sure 🙂

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Welcome back C J

    One of the few that tipped D I A in The July early and all the way.

    Look fwd to CT racing and summaries from you 👍

  16. Jay August says:

    Cameron, let’s wait to see where the World’s Best Racehorse handicappers place him when they finalise their 2019 list. It may just get him some well earned acknowledgement. No performance in SA has ever been rated higher than 120 by them. Perhaps that will change this year.

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