All eyes will be on Hawwaam tomorrow at Turffontein Standside where he will attempt to prove his status as the highest rated South African horse on the Longines World Rankings.
The Silvano colt runs in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Challenge over 2 000m and the question is how well he will settle. Anton Marcus landed the ride on his half-brother Rainbow Bridge, who has a similar tendency to over race, and he settled the latter perfectly.
“Superman” can repeat the feat here.
If he does settle him it should be race over. Hawwaam has an electrifying turn of foot at his best and trainer Mike de Kock has not hidden his regard for this colt. If he does not settle he should still win as he did not settle well in the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas but still ran on well for second.
Divine Odyssey has always been well thought of by Johan Janse van Vuuren. However, he was continually frustrating until his last two runs when winning in the manner of a class horse.
If he brings that form to the track again he could be the main danger. Zillzaal has always struck as being one who would improve with age and this trip always looked to be ideal. He was ridden too handy last time and can be forgiven that surprise defeat. If ridden from off the pace he should use his resolute finish down the long straight to maximum effect.
Legal Eagle could be a big player if repeating his Sun Met run, in which he was held up before running on strongly.
The course and distance will suit him if he is ridden that way.
Tilbury Fort has turned the corner since gelding and proved in the G-BETS Summer Cup he loves this course and distance.
Dark Moon Rising from KZN is capable of running on well too and should love this tough course and distance.
The draw of ten is not a problem as he enjoys running around horses on the outside. Cascapedia will be ridden by Hawaam’s usual rider Gavin Lerena, who is retained by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein studs.
She has made breathing noises in her last two starts but if able to produce her best can be a player here as he has plenty of class.
The Grade 1 Computaform Sprint is wide open. The defending champion has a fine chance of defending his crown as he has a high draw which is favourable by trends.
But is all depends which Attenborough pitches up on the day.
At his best he is capable of producing a devastating finish.
Quinlan is a dark horse who always had a lot of substance and who has possibly never yet produced his best. He has a plum standside draw. Prince Of Kahal is one of the most reliable horses in training and has speed and a kick so he could be thereabouts from a high draw. Pacific Trader is likely the one to beat on pure form as he brings fine Cape Town performances.
The Turffontein 1160m is quick, a lot easier than the Kenilworth 1000m, so he should stay the trip. Speedpoint also has a shout on his last Cape Town form and finished third in this race last year. Van Halen, Trip To Heaven and Rivarine can also be included. Rebel’s Champ is another one who can be considered.
By David Thiselton