Mike de Kock confirmed on Saturday after the Daily News 2000 that it was his intention to run Hawwaam in the Vodacom Durban July so the colt was still among the 32 horses left at the second declaration stage yesterday.
Also issued by Gold Circle yesterday was the final Vodacom Durban July log headed by last year’s winner Do It Again, ahead of Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam.
Under the radar at this stage is Legal Eagle, who made his one and only appearance in KZN in the 2015 Vodacom Durban July.
One high profile casualty from the original log is Oh Susanna, Justin Snaith rather aiming her at the Gr3 Tibouchina Stakes this coming Saturday and then either the Gr1 Garden Province Stakes on July day or the Gr2 Gold Bracelet at the end of July.
Also out is Gr1 Cape Derby winner Atyaab who suffered a nose bleed in the Daily News on Saturday.
Eyes Wide Open, showing a welcome return to form, jumped from borderline to 10 on the log after his victory in the World Sports Betting 1900.
The log is only a guide to what the selection panel is thinking and there may still be changes given this Saturday’s Rising Sun meeting that has a host of borderline cases. However, the log reflects very much what the panel is thinking and barring any further withdrawals the field is close to settled.
The Gr1 R3.5 million Vodacom Durban July will be run over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday, July 6.
By Andrew Harrison