Run over 1400m on August 29, 2015 at Hastings
Trainer: M Blanshard
Jockey: L G Innes
Track Conditions: Dead(5)
Race Club: Hawkes Bay
Then came: Ryan Mark, Ginner Hart, Addictive Habit, Vespa, Turn Me Loose, Nashville, Pondarosa Miss, Pussy O'Reilly, Thorn Prince, Puccini, Whosyourmaster, Soriano, Farm Boy, The Filly, Tomorrowland,
At Hastings in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 5YO gelding Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Allan Sharrock in the NZ$200,000 Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO gelding Ryan Mark (Thorn Park-Annalee, by Kingdom Bay) & 7YO gelding Ginner Hart (Volksraad-Lyford Cay, by Montjeu). This was the maiden Gr1 success for Kawi who took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Taranaki Cup & Listed Anniversary Handicap) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Easter Handicap) from 16 starts for NZ$324,850 earnings. Kawi will now attempt to do what no horse has ever done before by clean sweeping the Hawkes Bay Triple Crown when he contests the final two legs - the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) and the Gr1 Livamol Classic (2000m). "It's a great thrill and there's a bit of improvement in him," Sharrock told NZ Racing Desk. "This was the hardest one to win so I'm pretty confident about the other two [legs]." He added: "I probably should have put in a nomination for the Cox Plate as well, but the euphoria of that day might upset him. We'll wait for the Australian Cup in the autumn."