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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.


Equine winners:

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


Human Winners:

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)




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