Run over 1400m on August 27, 2016 at Hastings
Trainer: S A Sharrock
Jockey: L G Innes
Track Conditions: Slow(7)
Race Club: Hawkes Bay
Then came: El Pescado, Farm Boy, Longchamp, Authentic Paddy, Battle Time, Vergara, Mime, Capella, Stolen Dance, Hasselhoof, Bohemian Lily, Southern Icon, Ginner Hart, No More Tears, Valley Girl
At Hastings in New Zealand, Waikato Stud's Cox Plate winning stallion Savabeel (Zabeel-Savannah Success, by Success Express) celebrated an elite success when 6YO 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 6YO geldings El Pescado (El Hermano-Annchips, by O'Reilly) & Farm Boy (El Hermano-Lady of Oakview, by Diamond Express). Kawi improved his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Thorndon Mile, Gr1 Zabeel Classic, Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes, Gr3 Taranaki Cup & Listed Anniversary Handicap) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Easter Handicap) from 25 starts for NZ$820,350 earnings. Kawi will return to Hawke's Bay on 17 September 17 for the second leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown - the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate - before a decision is made on a Melbourne campaign. "It's very satisfying – it was a challenge, but I knew I had the horse to do it with," trainer Allan Sharrock told NZ Racing Desk. "We'll be looking at Melbourne, but he will definitely be here for the second leg first."