Emerging superstar Hawwaam has been named Highveld Champion Horse.
The Mike de Kock stable collected the trophy for the colt’s recent feats at the Racing Association’s Features Season Awards evening at the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein on Saturday.
Hawwaam came away with two additional honours – Champion Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding and Champion Middle-Distance Horse, while De Kock himself got the Champion Trainer gong.
Over the six months of the Highveld summer and autumn, Hawwaam ran six times for five victories and a second, with smashing performances in the SA Classic and the Premier’s Champions Challenge stamping him as a horse of true class.
The RA Highveld Awards recognise outstanding achievements during the Gauteng season.
The 2019 selection panel was made up of Senior Handicapper Lennon Maharaj, former champion jockey Anthony Delpech and currently indisposed rider Gunter Wrogemann. RA CEO Larry Wainstein was the non-voting chairman of the panel.
Other winners included Tilbury Fort (Champion Older Horse for his thrilling win in the G-Bets Summer Cup), Samurai Warrior (Champion Stayer for his courageous performance in the SA Derby but now sadly deceased) and Joe Gwingwhiza, who clinched the Leading Work Rider title.
Champion 2yo filly:
Champion 2yo colt/gelding:
Champion 3yo filly:
Champion 3yo colt/ gelding:
Champion Older Horse:
Champion Middle Distance Horse:
Champion Work Rider:
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum
Champion Jockey of the season:
Champion Trainer of the season:
Mike de Kock