OUTSTANDING SOUTH AFRICAN performer Hawwaam is set to retire to Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Farm in the Western Cape for the 2021 breeding season, Shadwell and trainer Mike de Kock have confirmed.

A multiple Grade One winner in South Africa, the son of Silvano signed off for Mike de Kock with consecutive Group One strikes at Turffontein in June of last year and then joined the William Haggas stable in Newmarket.

He still holds several big race entries, including at Royal Ascot in both the Queen Anne and Prince of Wales’s Stakes, as well as Sandown’s Eclipse Stakes. Hawwaam, a son of South African champion sire Silvano, is from an outstanding family produced by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein’s mare Halfway To Heaven.

He is a sibling of two other Grade One winners in the shape of Rainbow Bridge and Golden Ducat and was bought for R1,000,000 ($75,000) from the Bloodstock South Africa 2017 National Yearling Sale. Among those to welcome the news was De Kock, whose own website reported that the late Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell was retaining a major stake in the horse and plan to support him at stud.

“We would like to thank Sheikha Hissa and the family for their ongoing support and look forward to seeing Hawwaam return to South Africa,” De Kock said via his website.