Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Hawwaam, showed his class in no uncertain terms when he recorded a clear-cut victory in the G1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.
The Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred three-year-old, a R1 000 000 purchase from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, made it win number six from just seven starts when running out a comprehensive 1.6 length winner of Saturday’s Daily News 2000.
His trainer Mike de Kock said of the colt, “The best thing about Hawwaam is that he has a desire to win, he overcomes adversity in a race. Our plan all along was for Hawwaam to lead but he stood at the stalls and had to make up ground. Anton Marcus rode a calculated race. If he’d rushed up to lead, who knows, it may have cost us. Instead, he allowed Hawwaam to settle and he gradually found his way into the lead when S’manga Khumalo eased back on Twist Of Fate.
The race developed into a contest down the straight and I am very happy that Hawwaam won well, he was only ridden hands and heels and he beat a top horse. I think Twist Of Fate is the second-best three-year-old in the country.
Ridden to victory by Anton Marcus, Hawwaam races for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.
The star colt, now the leading contender for the 2019 Vodacom Durban July, has now won G1 races in each of his last three starts, with Hawwaam having scored a facile victory in the G1 The Premier’s Champions Challenge in his race prior to his win on Saturday.
One of 22 G1 winners sired by Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding stallion Silvano, the regally bred Hawwaam is out of the G3 winning Jet Master mare Halfway To Heaven –whose other progeny include fellow BSA graduate and 2019 G1 Sun Met victor Rainbow Bridge.
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