Hawwaam has been cut from 15-2 to 9-2 favourite for the Vodacom Durban July by Betting World following his staggeringly impressive win in Saturday’s Premier’s Champions Challenge.
He seems sure to go up considerably in the ratings – and therefore in the July weights – when the handicappers discuss things this morning and in any case punters should hold fire until such time as Mike de Kock makes a public comment about the likelihood (or otherwise) of the horse running in the great race – and that seems unlikely to come until after the colt’s next race which will, in all probability, be the Daily News on June 1 or the Rising Sun Gold Challenge a week later
Last year’s July winner Do It Again remains on 5-1 but Met hero Rainbow Bridge has shortened a point to 11-2 after going so close on his reappearance in Friday night’s Drill Hall.
Anton Marcus’s choice will be key. The four-time champion is the most successful July rider of all time and would appear to hold most of the aces. Do It Again last season was his record fifth win, he is the regular rider of Rainbow Bridge and now, presumably, of Hawwaam too. As if all that was not enough, he gives every impression of riding even better than ever this season.
Twist Of Fate, on whom Marcus won Friday’s KRA Guineas, is the other big July mover being slashed from 40-1 to 16-1, while Do It Again’s stable companion Magnificent Seven has been shortened from 25-1 to 16-1.
World Sports Betting also makes Hawwaam clear favourite at 9-2 and goes 5-1 Do It Again, 11-2 Rainbow Bridge, 9-1 Barahin, 16-1 Magnificent Seven, 18-1 Doublemint, Head Honcho, 22-1 Twist Of Fate, 25-1 and upwards others.
By Michael Clower