The strength of this past racing season can be seen in that there were no fewer than six multiple Grade 1 winners as opposed to just three the previous season.
The highest rated horse in the country Do It Again won three Grade 1’s and so did Hawwaam and all of Rainbow Bridge, Soqrat, Celtic Sea and Kasimir won two apiece.
In the previous season Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna won three Grade 1s and Legal Eagle and Snowdance won two each.
The highest earning horse of this past season was Hawwaam whose Grade 1 wins included the R2 million SA Classic, the R4 million Premier’s Champions Challenge and the R2 million Daily News 2000.
He won six out of seven starts and earned R5,628,125.
He had to be scratched before the start of both the Grade 1 SA Derby and Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.
The latter scratching was particularly disappointing as the eagerly anticipated three-cornered clash between Do It Again, Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam became a duel between the latter pair.
Hawwaam ends the season as possibly the world’s most unexposed three-time Grade 1-winner as all of his wins at the highest level have been achieved with consummate ease, although none of them were against vintage opposition. Nobody knows yet how good this Silvano colt is.
However, the July’s loss might become the Sun Met’s gain as the trio could clash there next January.
Do It Again earned R5,102,500 and Rainbow Bridge earned R4,895,000.
Do It Again became the first horse since El Picha in 1999/2000 to win back to back Julys and he will attempt to become the first to win three-in-a-row next year.
He beat Rainbow Bridge by 0,40 lengths giving him half-a-kilogram and the latter then came out and produced one of the performances of the season by winning the Grade 1 WSB Champions Cup over 1800m, despite the race not panning out well for him. He was one wide without cover throughout and did race a bit strongly. Yet he was still able to fetch the three-time Grade 1-winner Soqrat in the straight and win a tad cosily.
So, it was not surprising to see Do It Again appearing alongside Hawwaam in joint 16th place in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings, which was taken from races around the world from January 1st this year until July 7th.
The season also showed that the dream industry is still very much an appropriate term for horseracing.
Twist Of Fate cost just R20,000 and earned R2,777,500 this season alone.
Most of the season’s heroes will be staying in training, so the Cape Summer Of Champions season is going to be a humdinger.
By David Thiselton