4 March 2019

Bloodstock South Africa dominated the finish of the G1 SA Classic at Turffontein on Saturday, where BSA graduates Hawwaam, Barahin, and National Park finished first, second and third respectively.

The R2 000 000 SA Classic was also a tremendous result for Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, who bred both Hawwaam and Barahin, as well as owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum –who owns the first two home in Saturday’s 1800m contest.

One of four runners in the race for trainer Mike de Kock (also the trainer of Barahin), Hawwaam proved his runner up finish in the recent G2 Gauteng Guineas all wrong with a brilliant display.
The striking looking colt totally dominated the SA Classic, with Hawwaam drawing clear, under jockey Gavin Lerena, in the final stages and going on to post a 5.75 length win at the expense of stable mate Barahin, who was game in second place.
Recent Gauteng Guineas winner National Park, who had beaten both Hawwaam and Barahin last time out was a further 1.5 lengths back in third place.

The 2019 SA Classic winner was purchased for R1 000 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale. That sale also saw Barahin fetch R2 600 000 and National Park sell for R240 000, with other notable performers to have emerge from that National Sale including the smart performers Ghaalla, Thanksgiving, William The Silent, and Storm Destiny.

A winner of four of only five outings (the colt having also previously won both the G2 Dingaans and G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes), Hawwaam took his earnings to R1 978 125, and also picked up a BSA added value bonus of R154 000 for his Classic victory.

The colt also looks a hugely exciting future stud prospect –especially given his fine pedigree.

One of 21 G1 winners for Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding stallion Silvano, Hawwaam is out of the Jet Master sired G3 Prix du Cap winner Halfway To Heaven, which makes him a half-brother to 2019 G1 Sun Met winner (and former Bloodstock South Africa graduate) Rainbow Bridge.

Next BSA auction to take place is the Cape Yearling Sale, which will take place at the lavish Mistico Equestrian Centre this month on March 17th.