Jack Milner: A plan came together at the Vaal on Thursday as Hawwaam makes a winning return in a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m.
Hawwaam went into the starting stall like a lamb, broke on terms and ran out a very easy winner of Race 8 at the Vaal on Thursday, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m.
Mike de Kock has his charge looking in superb nick and the son of Silvano behaved like a through gentleman throughout. Anton Marcus made the journey to the Vaal for just one ride and was all smiles after the race.
Hawwaam broke well and was always in the firing line. He hit the front 400m from home and from that point n had the race in the bag. Chimichuri Run, who looked Hawwaam’s main danger, ran on too late and was 2.50 lengths adrift at the finish.
De Kock thanked all the people who have assisted getting Hawwaam to the track. “Everybody knows there’s a big team around this horse, everybody putting in a special effort. Everyone wants the horse to succeed and I appreciate that.”
Talking about the performance over 1200m, De Kock added. “The good horses do it. If they want to be the pretenders to the throne they have to produced the goods.”
Hawwaam found massive betting support, and after being on offer at around 18-10, shortened to 13-10. He is carded to run again at the Vaal next Thursday in another Pinnacle Stakes, this time over 1400m and Marcus will be back to ride him. This time his chief rival will be another Tarry runner, Cirillo.
Celtic Sea made a spectacular return to racing in race 7. Ridden by Gavin Lerena, and going off at 5-10, Tarry’s charge hit the front at around the 400m and without much fuss went clear of her rivals in this Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1400m to beat Chitengo (22-1) by 2.25 lengths.
Third place went the way of Rouge Allure.