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Hawwaam – Aussie Rules Change Plans

'Sun Met betting is ridiculous'

Plans to take star colt Hawwaam to Australia right after the 2020 Gr1 Sun Met have had to be altered, following a recent change of rules in Australia.

Hawwaam will now be exported to the UK, via Mauritius.

Hawwaam at work at Kenilworth recently – Anton Marcus in the saddle (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Mike de Kock confirmed the news and explained on his website:

“The Australians now require runners travelling from South Africa to spend six months in the UK en route to Australia. Residency in UK was 60 days, this changed three months ago to 180 days and I have no idea why. Hawwaam will go into quarantine two weeks after the Met, then on to Mauritius where he will spend three months and then on to the UK for a further six months,” he said.

“The change of Australian protocol has hurt our contingency plans and business plan for setting up an operation in Australia. In effect it will take Hawwaam more than nine months to get to Australia. He will be in training in the UK for his period of residency there and will be entered to race. After the six-month period it will be up to Sheikh Hamdan to decide whether he still wants Hawwaam to go to Australia.” Mike is not sure whether he would continue training the four-year-old in England.

Meanwhile, Hawwaam remains 16-10 favourite for the Sun Met and is looking good despite his disappointing run in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Mike’s advice? “Just put a line through that race. Things did not go his way.”

He added: “The Sun Met betting is as ridiculous as the Queen’s Plate betting. Given Vardy’s form and impressive manner of winning, how is he not favourite for the race?”

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4 comments on “Hawwaam – Aussie Rules Change Plans

  1. Pops says:

    Confused.So is Mike de kock saying the best horse in the country in a WFA race over its best distance should not be the favourite?
    Is Vardy miles better than Hawwaam Mr.De Kock?

  2. Rian says:

    How many other of MDK horses are in quarantine already and how many will be going , is it a good time for horses to be on the island, weather wise

  3. Nico says:

    We are all farts.MDK knows what he has. Hawaam is a proper horse. If MDK is clueless, i doubt the horses owner is an ass as well..

    Pipe down

  4. Ian says:

    Will have to start running now to beat either of Vardy and Rainbow Bridge

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