Daily News 2000

DAILY NEWS 2000 (GRADE 1) – R2,000,000 – 2000m – Hollywoodbets Greyville

1st R1,250,000, 2nd R400,000, 3rd R200,000 – June 1


       3yo b.c. by Silvano – Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master)

       2nd dam: Pas De Basque (Rambo Dancer)

       3rd dam: Our Elegant Girl (Our Casey’s Boy)

       Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

       Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

       Trainer: M F de Kock

       Jockey: A Marcus

2.    Twist Of Fate

       3yo b.c. by Master Of My Fate – Crescent Lily (Counter Action)

       Owner: River Palace Racing Syndicate

       Bred by Favour Stud

3.    Capoeira

       3yo b.g. by Oratorio – Liberty Dance (Fort Wood)

       Owner: Mrs S Plattner

       Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

Then came: Zillzaal, Thanksgiving, Charles, Atyaab (Aus)

Non-runner: Bunker Hunt

Won by: 1.50 – 5 – 1.25

Time: 2-3,30

Sheikh Hamdan’s HAWWAAM further enhanced his stellar reputation when he conquered the Hollywoodbets Greyville track in fine style whilst also completing a Gr1 hat-trick of wins.

Making his first foray at the Durban track, Mike de Kock’s charge found himself within a half length of market rival and Gr2 KRA Guineas winner Twist Of Fate as they turned for home and when Anton Marcus pressed the button at the quarter mark, the colt responded to surge into the lead.

Although Twist Of Fate refused to throw in the towel, Hawwaam proved his superiority in no uncertain terms and under a hands and heels ride went on to win with authority.

Hawwaam’s victory came on the heels of a scintillating four-length victory in the Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge, prior to which he had put up a stunning tour de force in the Gr1 SA Classic.

The colt has tasted defeat just once in seven starts when runner-up in the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas. In addition to his Gr1 treble, his win tally also includes the Gr2 Dingaans and Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes.

Hawwaam made it a Gr1 double for his champion sire, with Silvano’s Pride having won the preceding Woolavington 2000. Remarkably, this was the second time Silvano sired the winners of both Gr1 events, Vercingetorix and Do You Remember completed the double in 2013.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Hawwaam is a half-brother to Gr1 Met hero Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World). They are the first two foals out of dual Stakes winner Halfway To Heaven, a daughter of Jet Master, who also features as the broodmare sire of Silvano’s Pride.  Silvano is the sire of both the yearling filly and weanling colt out of Halfway To Heaven, who is currently in foal to Querari.

WOOLAVINGTON 2000 (GRADE 1) – R1,000,000 – 2000m – Hollywoodbets Greyville

1st R625,000, 2nd R200,000, 3rd R100,000 – June 1


       3yo ch.f. by Silvano – Mary’s Pride (Jet Master)

       2nd dam: Jalberry (Jallad)

       3rd dam: Taineberry (Centaine)

       Owner: A C Peter

       Bred by owner

       Trainer: S J Snaith

       Jockey: R Fourie

2.    Front And Centre

       3yo b.f. by Dynasty – Alignment (Alzao)

       Owners: C and R Kieswetter and Ridgemont Highlands

       Bred by Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd

3.    Blossom

       3yo b.f. by Silvano – Cherry On The Top (Tiger Ridge)

       Owners: Mauritzfontein (Pty) Ltd & Wilgerbosdrift (Pty) Ltd

       Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

Then came: Seville Orange, Return Flight, Snapscan, Princess Irene, Bize, Madonna, Santa Clara, Chitengo, Count Dubucks

Won by: neck – 2.25 – l

Time: 2-2,30

SILVANO’S PRIDE put up a bold front running performance and never saw a rival to register a first Gr1 success.

The Justin Snaith-trained chestnut enjoyed an uncontested lead throughout and powered home to open her Stakes account in fine style, keeping at bay Cape Fillies Guineas victress Front And Centre, who did herself (and a number of her rivals) no favours by drifting right across the track.

The winner, a strong frontrunner, thus reversed her second in the Cape Fillies Guineas. Being by Silvano, stamina was never going to be a factor and whereas she has tended to weaken in her previous races, she was much more relaxed, which enabled her to keep rolling.

Bred and owned by Anthony Peter, Silvano’s Pride is the 22nd locally bred Gr1 winner for Silvano, who also sired the 2013 Woolavington winner Do You Remember.

Peter also bred her dam, the four-time winner Mary’s Pride, in partnership with Des Scott, the duo having raced grandam Jalberry, who won both the Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes and Goldfields Sprint, while finishing third in the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint.

Jalberry eclipsed those efforts in the paddocks and to date counts no less than five stakes performers amongst seven winning foals. To Var she bred Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe hero Purple Diamond; Trippi features as the sire of Gr3 winners Love To Boogie and On This Rock; Count Dubois is the sire of Gr2/3 placed Count Express; and to Jet Master she produced Mr Fantastic, a Gr3-placed winner of nine races in Singapore. Out of Gr2 Oaks winner Taineberry, Jalberry is an own sister to the 2017 Broodmare of the Year Strawberry Lane, who produced the Gr1 winning Western Winter siblings Solo Traveller and Redberry Lane.