THE Gr1 2019 Forus Cape Guineas on 15 December is shaping up to be a race of delightful proportions and could turn out to be one of the best renewals of the contest in recent years.
Vaughan Marshall’s One World (Captain Al), who made it five-from-five with another game win at Kenilworth on Saturday, this time in a Gr2 race over the Guineas course and distance, looks set for a rematch with Chimichuri Run, who gave him a good run for his money and will be out for revenge.
Add to the formidable pair another ace in Hawwaam (Silvano), who won the Gr2 Dingaans at Turffontein Saturday in a manner so commanding he looks like a really special horse in the making too, and possibly even Cirillo, a facile winner of the Ready To Run Stakes, and we’ll have a race-and-a-half!
Supporters of the Dingaans favourite National Park would have been pleased to see his big white blaze out front and travelling easy on the eye coming through the 500m mark, but Hawwaam (5-2) was making up ground hand over fist from some way off the pace, and at the 300m he looked ready to pounce under Gavin Lerena.
National Park was under pressure with 250m to run and the Durban raider Thanksgiving raced past him and into the lead, but only briefly as Hawwaam stormed up and quickened away to a 3.40-length win, unchallenged.
De Kock said about Hawwaam: “He’s a horse that brings his good work to the racetrack, he has plenty of ability and we’ve always rated him. We’d like to look at the Gr 1 Cape Guineas (15 December) next.
“We are privileged to have a number of really nice horses running here in South Africa at the moment. Hawwaam’s half-brother Rainbow Bridge (Eric Sands) is unbeaten, he is the early J&B Met favourite. What a mare their dam Halfway To Heaven must be!
“And then there is another top three-year-old One World (Vaughan Marshall), who is also unbeaten and showed his class again with a win over Chimichuri Run today. We look forward to taking them on with Hawwaam.
“Hawwaam won’t be a Cape Derby contender. He’s the type of horse Sheikh Hamdan would like to see race overseas and we’ll be discussing his prospects after the Guineas.”