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Stylish Gr1 Bon Voyage For Hawwaam

'He will definitely win a Gr1 in Australia' - De Kock

Mike de Kock’s top-class 4yo Hawwaam bid the South African racing public farewell in grand style at Turffontein on Saturday when cruising home in facile fashion to beat stablemate Soqrat and capture the R425 000 World Sports Betting Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge for the second consecutive year.

In buttoning down his fifth Gr1 success, Hawwaam gave the handicapper some further affirmation of his ability and showed that his Cape summer form wasn’t exactly his Sunday best.

Callan Murray guides Hawwaam to an easy win (Pic – JC Photos)

He was never under pressure as the high-riding Ridgemont Highlands-sponsored Callan Murray, riding his career 8th Gr1 winner, took the accolades, making it two out of two on the big horse.

Benefitting from the crowd-free lockdown-style ghost racing, Hawwaam hardly worked up a sweat as he settled beautifully and turned on the jets at the 300m to win going away by 3,50 lengths in a time of 122,82 secs.

Sean Tarry’s Tierra Del Fuego was a further 1,50 lengths back in third. The rest weren’t in the same league.

Trainer Mike de Kock has taken his stick at times  for some of the past performances of the newsmaking colt and said that he wished he had him ‘in this form for the Met’.

“The Met would have been a proper race. This horse could win an Arlington Million. He will win a Gr1 in Australia. It’s scary to think that he is going to be even better at 5. His wither hasn’t even flattened out yet. He is definitely getting better. And what a great week for Sheikh Hamdan – one of the world’s great owners and breeders,” he added.

De Kock confirmed that jockey Callan Murray rode a textbook race.

“Callan doesn’t overthink his ride on this horse. He rides him perfectly,” he added, confirming that while Hawwaam can be volatile, there had been ‘human factors’ in all of his previous ‘incidents’.

A R1 million National Yearling Sale graduate, the half-brother to Sunday’s Gold Challenge candidate Rainbow Bridge was bred by Mauritzfontein & Wilgerbosdrift, and is a son of multiple champion Silvano (Lomitas) out of the seven-time winning SA Broodmare Of The Year, Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master).

His Philanthropist half-brother Golden Ducat runs for the first time in the Rattray silks in Sunday’s Daily News 2000.

Hawwaam has won 10 of his 13 starts with 1 place for stakes of R6 769 775.

We will follow his fortunes on the world stage.

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17 comments on “Stylish Gr1 Bon Voyage For Hawwaam

  1. hilton witz says:

    Sorry to have to write this under hawwaams headlines but as is the norm on s.post these days there are very few threads you can leave a comment ..The race riding of piere strydom today was world class and comparable to frankie dettori at ascot a few weeks ago but the difference is frankie got all the headlines and accolades in the press but striker who let us remember is around 54 years of age and still winning group ones hardly gets a mention…His longevity is absolutely incredible and his group one winner took me back to lesters victory at the age of 54 on royal academy in the breeders cup..It has been an absolute privilege and honour watching him ride through his career ..His place in south africas hall of fame alongside michael roberts who was the first to be inducted is a formality that is if the hall of fame is still in existence …

    1. Editor says:

      We tried to get hold of Piere, Hilton
      We agree – world class

  2. Leon Smuts says:

    Well said Hilton. He deserves a lot of accolades.

  3. Jess K(yriacou) says:

    What a race horse ! And when he wins his Grade 1 Race in Australia, he will get his due accolades and most certainly earn more than the measly AUD 21500 he earned for winning our Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Challenge

  4. gophne says:

    Pierre Strydom, the people’s champion. When class, skill and brains come together in one jock. Salute. Don’t want to even think what would happen if Pierre should even try his hand at training as well! 😉

    1. Editor says:

      Good point Gophne
      Plse use your name and surname when commenting

  5. Pato vip says:

    Well said Hilton Stricker is on Fire

  6. Patrick Pillay says:

    Stricker is top class jockey

  7. Richard Letwaba says:

    Its been a while since I witnessed such masterclass package from the Striker. I think he went on to outgrow glory & lockdown reminded him of what he has been denying us. Salute Striker Salute!!
    Hawaam reminds me of Illustrador the way he throws his feet. He does not have a big heart though. He cannot dig deeper. What u see is what u get. Good luck to him.

  8. david mollett says:

    Comments on Mike De Kock’s website have me speculating that the 2021 Cox Plate could be a longterm target for Hawwaam. He says: “He is more than good enough to win a Gr 1 in Australia. I’d like to see him race there.”
    Of course, you have to be pretty special to win the Cox Plate – Winx was extra special winning four years in a row from 2015 to 2018.
    But what excitement for Mathew if he was able to saddle a runner in this prestigious Gr 1 race so early in his career.

  9. Privan says:

    What a racehorse – goodbye the from africa to the world – from the first day you ran – you were a superstar – all the best – thank you for the memories my my mouth to gods ears – you are a super star –

  10. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…
    Sad that Hawwaam will be leaving to further his career in Australia,, but then again he’s got much bigger and better fish to fry…Pity the Cape could not get to see Hawwaam at his best,,not once did he show any of his real deal acceleration speed,, suppose we all have our off days…Hawwaam we’ll definitely miss you champ,, Go rip them apart in Aussie My Champ

  11. Tim says:

    Frankie, it just looked like pace work in cape Town ….. Why, we will never know… But we saw the absolute machine this horse is yesterday. If collateral is anything to go by, we saw how close soqrat ran to do it again in the queens plate and also how close soqrat ran to rainbow Bridge in the champions cup…… Soqrat quite frankly was left standing when hawwaam accelerated yesterday. How very unfortunate for us to not witness him run in this years dbn july.

  12. bob kistnasamy says:

    Hats off to Striker for a memorable weekend of superb riding at Turfontein. This was striker at his very best and he had to work for his winners. It was great to see him so strong on the last race.
    it would appear that the “lockdown break” has revitalised him and given him the motivation to go on.
    From what I recall, Striker did indicate that he will not turn to training.
    When he does retire, he will have a lot of stories to tell.
    South Africans have had the greatest of satisfaction to have their son riding 99% percent of his career in this country.

  13. Shadrack says:

    Hawwaam is amazing horse he can win anywhere in the world

  14. G.Goliath says:

    Hawwaam could not win in Cape town Shadrock.He is the Highveld champion no doubt.We will have to wait and see what he can do against the best of the best.Why not run him in the July.Currently trading at 16/1 because Mr selfish is keeping his cards close to his chest.

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