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‘EU Taking Their Time’ – De Kock

SAEHP's Adrian Todd says 'audit will happen 'this year'

Mike de Kock is disappointed that the European Union has not gone to greater lengths to get the South African export protocols audit performed, even in Covid-19 time.

“We see Zoom meetings happening at boardroom levels all over the world. Why can’t they do our audit virtually? Our industry is in dire straits, our operator is in business rescue but still, the EU are taking their time.

Speaking on his website, www.mikedekockracing.com, he said that ‘we need help’.

“I wonder what we must do to make the audit happen? Maybe we should go on our knees before them. They must be seeing what is going on but they are stalling. All they should do is the right thing, what will it take?”

Adrian Todd, MD of South African Health & Protocols, said that the EU officials were unable to travel to South Africa due to the restrictions, but with Europe ‘opening up’, there could be some positive news soon.

“They have assured me that that audit will take place this year,” he said.

Mike concluded: “The future of South African racing and the employment of tens of thousands of workers in our industry rest on the shoulders of the EU. We need them to level the playing fields, because we produce athletes capable of competing on the world stage. We have done our bit, the rest is now up to them.”

Hawwaam beats Soqrat in the De Kock Gr1 1-2 on Saturday (Pic -JC Photos)

De Kock was as much in awe of Hawwaam’s 3.50-length victory in Saturday’s WSB Premier’s Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein as the thousands of racing fans who watched his flawless execution of a 5th Gr1 success, but said that he felt dismayed at what lies ahead for Sheikh Hamdan’s star four-year-old.

“When you have a horse like Hawwaam and our two juveniles that ran in the Nursery and you know they are good enough to take on the world’s best, you have to cringe for them. They have arduous journeys ahead!”

Mike elaborated: “As things stand, Hawwaam will be going into quarantine soon. He will have to spend three weeks at Kenilworth and a further 90 days in Mauritius before he can travel on to the UK where a further 180-day residency will be required should we choose to travel to Australia. Should we choose to travel to Dubai, a 30-day residency will be required.

“I know what it takes to win abroad. Hawwaam is good enough to win a race like the Arlington Million the US, and he is more than good enough to win A Gr1 in Australia. I’d like to see him race in Australia. But look what we have to go through to get there!”

Mike praised Sheikh Hamdan for his patience and said: “Sheik Hamdan is one of the world’s great owners, he has been a staunch and invaluable supporter of our industry, but we are unable to get his top runners out of the country timeously.”

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7 comments on “‘EU Taking Their Time’ – De Kock

  1. GreggC says:

    The frustration is palpable. Very definitely something the Local Industry needs to happen and the administrative obstacles are clearly laced with protectionist and unfair bias from he European side.

  2. L. Govender says:

    I left a comment.why was it not posted.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi L Govender
      We require your name and surname
      That comment also hovered on a personal dig

  3. Ian Trimmel says:

    Hawwaam only good enough to win the Arlington Million as Rainbow Bridge, Belgarion, Do It Again and Vardy not running there.
    Show us how good he really is and beat our best first

  4. Chris Swart says:

    Apply a little logic through two line horses he thrashed

    Soqrat almost won the Queen’s Plate

    Twist of Fate was thrashed by him

    In the Cape his line of form horse was Twist of Fate and by finishing behind him twice indicated he was well below best.

    He thrashed Bunker Hunt. He beat Vardy recently

    He thrashed Soqrat, he ran Do It Again close and beat Rainbow Bridge

    Three lengths better than Twist of Fate makes him a winner of the Queen’s Plate and Met

    Believe me, expecting him to produce the same at other courses isn’t made easy anymore.

    He is a great horse, exceptionally well balanced and has a turn of foot that is power.

    A champion that suffered great misfortune when beaten and scratched.

  5. Jay August says:

    Chris, Hawwaam is the Ghaiyyath of South African racing. In most races he looks like a superstar only to disappoint when challenged by conditions which are not quite in his favour. Ghaiyyath is much in the same mould.

    Let us see if Ghaiyyath can do what Hawwaam has so far been unable to do – beat a horse of the calibre of Enable on Sunday in the Eclipse.

  6. Martin le Roux says:

    Pity that the comments come down to whether Hawwaam is the champion that Mike thinks he is. I will side with Mike who if anybody will know Hawwaam’s ability. Thank you Gregg C for focusing on what the article is all about. No doubt the delays in the audit are merely protectionist

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