Hawwaam’s Doing Alright

De Kock July horse is Barahin

Star colt Hawwaam, who missed the recent Gr1 SA Derby after he got a fright and bolted from the parade ring, is on target to race in the R4-million Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000m on 4 May at Turffontein.

Twenty-two entries have been received for the race, including Hawwaam’s Mike de Kock-trained stablemates Soqrat, Cascapedia, Barahin and Noble Secret – with other established names like Legal Eagle, Made To Conquer and Tilbury Fort also among the nominations.

Assistant trainer Mathew de Kock commented on Wednesday:

“Hawwaam is being pointed at the Champions Challenge and then we’ll make a decision on his next race, which could possibly be the Daily News. We’ll be entering him for the Durban July, but he is not certain to run there.

“Our July horse at this point is Barahin, who may go into the big race via the Jubilee Handicap, he may not be ready for the Daily News. But we’ll play it by ear, we’ll see how things go.”

Third entries for the Champions Challenge close at 09h00 on Friday 26 April.

Weights will be published that same day.

Final declarations on Monday 29 April.

R4 000 000 2000m (Turf)
3 Al Danza Geoff Woodruff 106
13 Alyaasaat (AUS) Mike de Kock 105
7 Barahin Mike de Kock 108
9 Cascapedia (IRE) Mike de Kock 110
15 Cash Time Ashley Fortune 96
17 Dark Moon Rising Paul Lafferty 105
10 Dawn Assault St John Gray 106
1 Fort Ember Paul Peter 99
14 Hawwaam Mike de Kock 121
2 Hero’s Honour Gary Alexander 107
20 Legal Eagle Sean Tarry 120
18 Made To Conquer Justin Snaith 108
8 Noble Secret Mike de Kock 105
5 Odd Rob Gary Alexander 86
6 Owlinthetree Geoff Woodruff 99
19 Red Chesnut Road R A Hill/S R Hill 101
11 Return Flight Sean Tarry 105
21 Secret Potion Geoff Woodruff 107
12 Soqrat (AUS) Mike de Kock 124
22 Tilbury Fort Sean Tarry 110
4 Unagi Gary Alexander 92
16 Zillzaal Sean Tarry 106


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