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Goodbye Hawwaam – Hello Katak!

The horse that fuels dreams

The unfolding Katak fairytale highlighted a superb afternoon of racing at Kenilworth on Tuesday as the Ridgemont-Highlands bred son of Potala Palace cruised to a facile victory in the R125 000 Abe Bloomberg Gr3 Legal Eagle Stakes.

On the same day that the De Kock’s bid adieu to their Australia-bound superstar Hawwaam, South African racing upped the ante on its newest love affair with the 3yo that nobody wanted, and only cost the equivalent of a few months keep.

Greg Cheyne eases Katak down as Super Silvano (Corne Orffer) battles on (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

His name is Katak – and now unbeaten in four starts, he made short work of his ten opponents when winning the 1800m feature at short odds.

The victory was achieved despite a nervous moment replacement jockey Greg Cheyne, who is sponsored by the winning breeders Ridgemont Highlands, losing his one stirrup iron about 350m out.

Katak beat the consistent and more experienced Super Silvano (12-1) by an academic and unextended three quarters of a length in a time 114,42 secs.

Trainer Piet Steyn caused some alarm amongst the big horse’s supporters when he announced prior to the race that  he had cast himself in his box early on Monday morning – a tragic explosion at the nearby refinery possibly being the cause.

Greg Cheyne, who was originally engaged to ride Cane Lime ‘n Soda, said that there had been lots of confusion with the jockey confirmations.

The East Cape Champion and former July winning rider has sat on a few decent ones in his time and said that Katak was not extended or ‘at his top’.

The fact that the meeting was delayed, mixed with the SA Champions Season commitments of the top jockeys and the lockdown restrictions on travel, resulted in a shortage of jockeys at the meeting.

Trainer Piet Steyn said that there was a fair chance that Katak may go for the 2400m third leg of the series on 27 July, thus emulating Pocket Power and African Night Sky – and picking up the bonus of R200 000.

Katak has now earned R234 375 in his unblemished four starts.

The Ridgemont-Highlands bred Katak, a second crop son of Ridgemont-Highlands Singspiel Gr1 winner Potala Palace, is out of the Windrush three time winner, Sapphire Silk.

Part-owner Marsh Shirtliff, or Mr Pocket Power to many, could fancy his chances of enjoying the rare privilege of owning two Cape Winter Triple Crown winners

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11 comments on “Goodbye Hawwaam – Hello Katak!

  1. Tim says:

    This horse looks more like a 4 year old. Something special.

  2. Tim says:

    Ed could a vid of his win please be posted

    1. Editor says:

      Will have a look, Tim
      Plse post your surname

  3. Brian Fredericks says:

    Nice horse think we have a next July winner the way the horses won lets wait for the 27 th the 3rd leg

    1. Editor says:

      Will he run in 3rd leg?
      Seems like pushing it a bit at this stage

  4. Gavin bechan says:

    A smashing horse.. To be fair that was a shocking ride.. Katak did it by himself.. No assistance from that jock.. And he still wants to keep the ride.. Lol

  5. Tim says:

    The best 3 year old around. He was toying with them. Lets wait and see, the winter derby.b

  6. Geoff Logan says:

    Who was the original rider and who has won on him before?

    1. Editor says:



    Another goodbye will be racing, with the strong possibility of re-introduction of Covid19 level 2, considering how bad the pandemic is.

    How come the President does address the masses in their mother tongue about Covid19 ?

    Their communication rationale is similar to how the NHA increase and then decrease Merit Ratings without disclosing full details & reasons for both up & down movements for the <100 range (90 MR – prior to their inflated change).

  8. Boete sing says:

    tanx to all the posting of katak had a very very good strike on the horse prior to all the posting did not even know this horse believe it or not tanx guys

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