IMMEDIATE plans for Mike de Kock’s star colt Hawwaam have been discussed and finalised and De Kock said on Monday: “After discussing the matter with Angus Gold and Sheikh Hamdan we have decided to go for the Gr1 SA Derby at the end of March with Hawwaam, followed five weeks later by the Champions Challenge.  Those will possibly be his only races for what is left of this season, though we will enter him in the Durban July and make a call on that after the Champions Challenge.

“Our change of plan with Hawwaam was partly motivated by the fact that our original Derby contender Barahin has a minor muscle strain and will miss the Derby. Barahin is to be aimed at the KZN Champions Season. We have the Daily News and the July in mind, he could come into the ‘July’ quite well handicapped.”

Suitable races won’t be that easy to come by for Soqrat, the stable’s third three-year-old ace and De Kock commented: “Graded races over a mile are in short supply. We’ll be pointing him at the Horse Chestnut Stakes, possibly followed by Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville. He will also be entered for The Champions Challenge, it all depends on his well-being.”