Picture: 123RF/ MELORY S
Picture: 123RF/ MELORY S

Trainer Mike De Kock’s talented three-year-old, Hawwaam, is in joint-10th position in the latest 2019 Best Racehorse rankings released by Longines.

The son of Silvano, impressive winner of the recent SA Classic at Turffontein, is in exalted company which includes Winx, Beauty Generation and City Of Light.

Winx continues unbeaten in her home country of Australia, while Beauty Generation continues to delight racing fans in Hong Kong with the former British colony also represented by Beat The Clock and Mr Stunning in the top 10 of the rankings.

While Hawwaam is quoted at about 7-1 in early betting on the Vodacom Durban July, De Kock has warned the colt is unlikely to contest SA's famous race and head instead for the Daily News 2000 — a Gr 1 race confined to three-year-olds.

Here is the list of the 2019 Best Racehorse world rankings:

  1. Winx (AUS)
  2. Beauty Generation (HK)
  3. City Of Light (USA)
  4. Happy Clapper (USA)
  5. Beat The Clock (HK)
  6. Roy H (USA)
  7. Trapeze Artist (AUS)
  8. Santa Ana Lane (AUS)
  9. Blue Point (UAE)
  10. Hawwaam (SA)
  11. Bricks And Mortar (USA)
  12. Mr Stunning (HK)

The De Kock stable has four runners at the Vaal  on Tuesday and three of them will be ridden by Randall Simons, who was in hot form at Turffontein last Saturday.

Consequently, Simons’ mount in the fourth race, Fired Up, is a topical tip and the son of Rock Of Gibraltar will look to build on his winning debut run last month at  Tuesday’s track.

Gavin Lerena rode Fired Up that day so it’s interesting that he keeps faith with Epic Dream whom he has partnered in each of his last three outings. Both horses need to be included in exotic perms.

Aussie-bred Anjom, stable companion of Fired Up, failed to shape in his post-maiden race and will have to lift his game to take top honours.

In the second race Simons rides Irish-bred colt Condor Gulch, and the four-year-old will be sharper after his recent third behind Greener Pastures. Even so, the two Sean Tarry inmates, Mighty And Magic and Yamoto, look serious rivals in this 2,400m contest.

Perhaps it’s significant that Lyle Hewitson has opted to partner Mighty And Magic, probably believing his mount has better prospects over this marathon trip.

Of the remainder, Brian Wiid’s Kurt’s Approval rates an each-way chance as the gelding was placed over this trip on his most recent start.

Whatever his fate on Yamoto, Gavin Lerena could end the meeting on a high note when he rides recent maiden  winner Boutique in the final event on the card.

This Irish-bred filly might be ahead of the handicapper on her debut in this 68 merit-rated handicap and is selected to beat home another recent maiden scorer, Mistressofmyfate.


1st Race: (1) Nandi’s Vision (4) Merengue (7) Laconia (3) Vida Amorosa

2nd Race: (6) Mighty And Magic (1) Condor Gulch (2) Yamoto (9) Kurt’s Approval

3rd Race: (6) Satin Slipper (1) Ossetra (9) Poormanslady (7) Elegancia

4th Race: (5) Fired Up (4) Epic Dream (6) Anjom (7) Anneka

5th Race: (7) Wonderwall (3) Danza (6) Shenanigans (1) Full Mast

6th Race: (1) Tripod (8) Rebel Renegade (3) Eastern Healer (2) Vardo

7th Race: (12) It Is Not Over (7) Tricia (2) Florida Quays (14) Fly North

8th Race: (8) Boutique (6) Mistressofmyfate (3) Rings And Things (2) Soul Of Wit