All the info you need to know about the 2019 Vodacom Durban July runner HAWWAAM. This Mike de Kock trained colt is the current favourite for the R4.25 million Grade 1 race at Greyville on Saturday 6th July 2019. Learn more about this horse here. Get your bets on now now at Hollywoodbets.
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4) Hawwaam – 2/1
Jockey: Anton Marcus
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum
Colours: Blue, white epaulettes, striped cap
Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Sire: Silvano (GER)
Dam: Halfway To Heaven by Jet Master
Draw: 3 (20)
Career Record: 7 runs, 6 wins, 1 places
Stakes Won: R 5,628,125
Runs at Greyville: 1 (1 Win)
Runs at 2200m Distance: 0
1st in the 2019 Daily News 2000 (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 Premier’s Champions Challenge (Gr 1) – 2000m
1st in the 2019 SA Classic (Gr 1) – 1800m
2nd in the 2019 Gauteng Guineas (Gr 2) – 1600m
1st in the 2019 Tony Ruffel Stakes (Gr 3) – 1400m
1st in the 2019 Dingaans (Gr 2) – 1600m
Mike, whose four July winners all won at 3 years of age, told Turf Talk: “That was a good gallop next to Soqrat, who is no slouch. Hawwaam has come through his preparation very well, he is sound and we’re happy with him going into the last few days before the race.”
Assistant trainer Matthew De Kock aspires to follow in the footsteps of his father. He spoke on behalf of Mike De Kock about the stables two runners Hawwaam and Barahin in the big race. He reported:
“We are happy with the preparation of both runners and that they have come out of their July gallops well. I consider Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again the two horses we have to beat. The race-day is very competitive and it is difficult to single out one in particular”.
Jockey Comments – Anton Marcus:
Famous jockey Anton Marcus is notorious for having success on this massive race-day and he was the true professional when commenting on his ride on the highly fancied Hawwaam, when remarking:
“His prep including his gallop has gone very well. The July is a handicap which in theory gives every horse a chance but I have the utmost respect for the top two rated horses in the country.”
His other significant rides on the day include True To Life in the Golden Slipper Grade 2 and Front And Centre in the Garden Province Stakes Grade 1.
Winning Form – Magic Tips Comment:
The ruling favourite HAWWAAM is justifiably at the top of the betting boards having won six out of his seven starts to date. His only defeat came in the Gauteng Guineas where he over-raced early and then found himself hopefully placed turning into the straight. He did run on well in the closing stages, but had too much to do and had to settle for second spot. He redeemed himself in no uncertain terms in his next two runs on the Highveld, the first being in the SA Classic over 1800M and then the Premiers Champion Challenge over 2000M, where he beat older horses for the first time. He then travelled down to Greyville for his latest start and won the Daily News 2000, beating July hopeful Twist Of Fate, in the process. He starts from gate three and Anton Marcus retains the ride.
Verdict: Rates the one to beat on impeccable form shown thus far.