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Another Strong Field for Haunui Farm G1 WFA Classic

21 February 2017


The field for Saturday's Otaki-Maori Racing Club Haunui Farm Group One WFA Classic is taking shape nicely with today's nominations featuring four Group One winners and three Group One performers in a small but select field for the 1600m event.

Nominations are headed by three-time Group One winner Kawi (NZ) (Savabeel) who boasts the Zabeel Classic, Thorndon Mile and Makfi Challenge Stakes among his tally of 13 wins.

Start Wondering (NZ) (Eighth Wonder) will be looking to add a third Group One win to his already impressive resume. A revelation this season, he has already taken out the Zabeel Classic and Waikato Sprint with a runner-up performance in the Thorndon Mile separating those two efforts.

Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi), Champion three-year-old filly of her year, will be aiming to add to her victory in the Group One Australian Oaks and will take her place in the field this weekend. Like Kawi, she is second up after resuming in the Waikato Sprint and there is no doubt both will have benefited from that outing two weeks ago.

2015 winner Iamishwara (NZ) (Keeninsky) will return to the scene of his greatest triumph to try and repeat the effort whilst Lisa Latta has the Group One performers Authentic Paddy (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit) - arguably due a maiden Group one victory after notching four Group One placings - and Mighty Solomon (NZ) (Darci Brahma) in the mix. Thorndon Mile runner-up Prince of Passion (NZ) (Castledale) is another Group One performer looking to break through at the highest level whilst last-start Timaru Stakes winner Maybe Miami (NZ) (Iffraaj) will make the long trek north for his first Group One attempt

"Once again there are some quality nominations for our race on Saturday," says Haunui Farm's Managing Director, Mark Chitty. "It's a small but select field and to have four Group One winners and three Group One performers lining up, once again underpins the quality of the race. Last year we presented the trophy to the connections of Volkstok n Barrel (pictured) and whilst he's not going to be there on Saturday, I don't think you can argue the quality of the field," he said.

"We enjoy our association with the Otaki-Maori Racing Club and once again we're looking forward to a great day of racing and enjoying it with our clients, guests and connections of runners in our race at Otaki on Saturday."