Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding stallion Silvano, who once again is clear on the South African general sires list, had yet another big pay day at Turffontein on Saturday when his outstanding son Hawwaam won the G1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge (2000m).
It was a second year in a row that the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred colt had won the Champions Challenge.
Hawwaam oozed class under jockey Callan Murray, and simply pulled clear to thrash stablemate, and fellow Equus Champion, Soqrat, by three and a half lengths in Saturday’s G1 feature.
The four-year-old Mike de Kock trained colt has now won ten of just 13 starts, with Saturday’s win pushing Hawwaam’s earnings to R6 769 775. A R1 000 000 buy from the 2017 National Sale, Hawwaam’s ten career wins include eight graded wins including triumphs in all of the G1 Premier’s Champions Challenge (twice), G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, G1 Daily News 2000 and G1 SA Classic.
Out of the G3 winning Jet Master mare Halfway To Heaven (who has a full-brother to Hawwaam on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale), Hawwaam is bred on the same Silvano/Jet Master cross as fellow G1 winners Kilindini and Silvano’s Pride.
Also responsible for recent Triple Tiara heroine Summer Pudding and this season’s G1 Gauteng Chris Gerber Summer Cup victor Zillzaal, Silvano has 30 lots on offer at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.