Hawwaam a ‘good thing’

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Hawwaam a ‘good thing’

HAWWAAM

Jack Milner: No matter how you look at it – it has to be Hawwaam!

Mike de Kock’s runner ticks all but one of the rules of form studying for today’s Grade 1 World Sports Betting Champions Challenge over 2000m on the Turffontein Standside track.

He proved his fitness with an easy victory in the Grade 1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m on 6 June, loves the course and distance, is well drawn at No 3, has only eight rivals so the race should be easy to negotiate, and there will be no crowds at Turffontein to upset him.

This four-year-old son of Silvano dominated this race last year and he will be expected to do so again.

In fact, trainer Paul Peter who has two runners in the race, said: “The rest of us are all fighting it out for place money.”

To which De Kock quipped: “and a 20-point merit rating penalty”.

The only rule Hawwaam does not tick is the box for “best-weighted”. That goes to stable companion Soqrat who although very good, is unlikely to match Hawwaaam over 2000m, but looks the runner to follow him home.

“Both Hawwaam and Soqrat have had the perfect preparations,” said De Kock on Thursday. “We know he can be highly strung so obviously, no crowds and noise at the racecourse will help his cause.”

Callan Murray, who rode Hawwaam for the first time in the Horse Chestnut Stakes, will ride him again.

Soqrat did disappoint in the Horse Chestnut but De Kock said: “He had just come back came from a six-week break at the farm and needed the run.

“I’m expecting an improved performance on Saturday.”

Murray will also be aboard Queen Supreme in the Grade 1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes over 1600m, and she is now 6-10 to win her second Grade 1 race.

Queen Supreme won her first in Cape Town last year when she took the Paddock Stakes and comes into this race as the best-weighted runner.

She impressed when second behind Hawwaam in the Horse Chestnut against some other top colts. “That was a super run, probably better than expected,” said De Kock.

Peter is also expecting a big run from Vistula who won well last time. “She is even better right now and if Queen Supreme fluffs her lines, we will be there to pick it up,” he said.

The third Grade 1 on the card is the Computaform Sprint over 1000m and Mr Flood, trained by Lucky Houdalakis and ridden by Marco van Rensburg, is a worthy favourite at 12-10.

Candice Bass-Robinson will be sending up Cape Flying Championship (Grade 1) winner Russet Air, who will attempt to emulate the feat of his sire, What A Winter, in winning this race. Piere Strydom will ride and Russet Air is second favourite at 5-1.

 

Jack Milner’s selections

Race 1: 10 Secret Strike, 11 The Villa Grand, 9 Sanuk, 8 Milan’s Princess

Race 2: 5 Harrys Secret, 9 Royal Wulff, 10 Shah Akbar, 8 Ramchandani Road

Race 3: 6 Rapid Fire, 7 Springs Of Carmel, 4 Miracle Flight, 5 Miss Elegance

Race 4: 5 Mount Pleasant, 6 Najem Suhail, 12 Florida Keys, 3 Lion Cruise

Race 5: 1 Queen Supreme, 3 Vistula, 2 Ronnie’s Candy, 9 Magic School

Race 6: 3 Mr Flood (bet Win bet), 2 Russet Air, 12 Singforafa, 1 Chimichuri Run

Race 7: 2 Hawwaam, 1 Soqrat, 8 Western Fort, 4 Chijmes

Race 8: 9 Gin Fizz (best Win/Place bet), 13 Karino, 2 Mighty High, 8 Cavivar

Race 9: 6 Imperial Ruby, 2 Factor Fifty, 5 Dromedaris, 4 Shenanigans

 

BEST BET

Race 6 No 3 Mr Flood

VALUE BET

Race 8 N0 9 Gin Fizz

 

BEST SWINGER

Race 5 1×3

 

BIPOT

R24

Leg 1: 5, 8, 9, 10

Leg 2: 4, 6, 7

Leg 3: 5, 6

Leg 4:1

Leg 5: 3

Leg 6: 2

 

PLACE ACCUMULATOR

R144

Leg 1: 4, 6, 7

Leg 2: 5, 6

Leg 3: 1

Leg 4: 3

Leg 5: 2

Leg 6: 2, 8, 9, 13

Leg 7: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

PICK 6

R800

Leg 1: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13

Leg 2: 1

Leg 3: 3

Leg 4: 2

Leg 5: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13

Leg 6: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

 

JACKPOT 1

R50

Leg 1: 1, 2, 9, 11, 12

Leg 2: 3

Leg 3: 2

Leg 4: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13

 

JACKPOT 2

R100

Leg 1: 3

Leg 2: 2

Leg 3: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13

Leg 4: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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