Feature Season Awards
Emerging superstar Hawwaam has been named Highveld Champion Horse.
The Mike de Kock stable collected the trophy for the colt’s recent feats at the Racing Association’s Features Season Awards evening at the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein on Saturday.
Hawwaam came away with two additional honours – Champion three-year-old Colt/Gelding and Champion Middle-Distance Horse, while De Kock himself got the Champion Trainer gong.
Over the six months of the Highveld summer and autumn, Hawwaam ran six times for five victories and a second, with smashing performances in the SA Classic and the Premier’s Champions Challenge stamping him as a horse of true class.
The RA Highveld Awards recognise outstanding achievements during the Gauteng season.
The 2019 selection panel was made up of Senior Handicapper Lennon Maharaj, former champion jockey Anthony Delpech and currently indisposed rider Gunter Wrogemann. RA CEO Larry Wainstein was the non-voting chairman of the panel.
Champion two-year-old filly: Basadi Faith
Champion two-year-old colt/gelding: Frosted Gold
Champion three-year-old filly: Return Flight
Champion 3-year-old colt/gelding: Hawwaam
Champion older horse: Tilbury Fort
Champion sprinter: Pacific Trader
Champion Middle distance horse: Hawwaam
Champion Stayer: Samurai Warrior
Champion Horse of the season: Hawwaam
Champion Work Rider: Joe Gwingwizha
Champion Apprentice: Dennis Schwarz
Champion Jockey: Gavin Lerena
Champion Trainer: Mike de Kock
Champion Breeder: Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein
Champion Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al Maktoum
Champion Groom of the Season: Sonke Cacambile
Other RA Awards handed out:
Youngest Owner: Marc Peter
Most successful Gauteng Raider: Yvette Bremner
Most second places: Take my Word (Owned by Mr and Mrs D Makins)
Won by longest distance (13 lengths at Vaal Racecourse): Factor Fifty (Owned by Three Tier Construction (Pty)( Ltd) (Nominee: Mr S Naidoo), M/s Z Kirsten and Rakesh Singh
Exceptional Return on Investment: Return Flight (Bred by Mike Sharkey and purchased by Chris van Niekerk for R20 000. Stakes earned in excess of R2,2 million)
Anthony Delpech for his excellent service to the Sport of Horseracing. Anthony is the only South African rider who has ridden in all nine Jockeys International events.
Most Successful Syndicate: Hyperpaint Syndicate (Nominee: G T Peter)