Ken Nicol: As expected Hawwaam roared to victory in the Daily News 2000 at Greyville, proving far too strong for a gallant Twist Of Fate.
As could have been expected with only six runners, the race was run at a muddling pace.
Twist Of Fate set the early fractions, but Zillzaal came around him to lead at the 1000m mark, followed by rank outsider Capoeira.
Anton Marcus had 7-20 favourite Hawwaam within touching distance, and he moved past Twist Of Fate ominously as they approached the straight to sit on Zilzaal’s shoulder.
And he never looked in any danger of defeat after that. The expected challenge from ever game Twist Of Fate materialised, but Marcus kept him at arm’s length with ease, and the margin of just over a length and a half undoubtedly flatters the runner up.
Capoeira ran the race of his life to finish third a further five lengths adrift.
Mike de Kock has seen many a champion in his time, and when asked placed this one in context.
“Not since Vercingetorix have I had a proper horse, and this is a proper horse.”