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Kawi & Start Wondering Star in Haunui Farm G1 WFA Classic

27 February 2017

KAWI OTAKI 25-2-2017 WIN HAUNUI FARM WFA G1 Race Images PN_sm

Haunui Farm's sponsorship of the Group One Haunui Farm WFA Classic at Otaki spans seven years and Saturday's contest was arguably one of the best battles witnessed in what is one of New Zealand's leading weight for age contests.

A small but select field was assembled for Saturday's race with pundits predicting a match race between last season's star of the summer and spring Kawi (NZ) (Savabeel) and the emerging star of this season, Start Wondering (NZ) (Eighth Wonder). The two didn't disappoint with a ding dong battle up the Otaki straight with Kawi asserting his dominance just before the winning post to take the win.

"I haven't heard a crowd roar like that on course for quite some time," said Haunui Farm's Managing Director, Mark Chitty immediately post-race, referring to the cheering and barracking that started as soon as Start Wondering hit the front and Kawi loomed up on the outside. "It's great for racing and we need more spectacles like this," he said before making his way down to the presentation. If you missed it, you can watch the replay by clicking here

"Our association with the Otaki-Maori Racing Club and the sponsorship of this race has been very successful," says Mark. "It has been among the highest rated Group One races for a number of years and this year will be no different with the quality of the field and, the two highest rated horses in it fighting out the finish.

"Alan Sharrock has done a wonderful job with Kawi who is now a six-time Group One winner and it will be a big shame and a massive loss to our industry if he is to move his operation to Australia however, it's certainly understandable. And big credit should also go to jockey Jason Waddell who has made a fantastic return to riding and full credit to him for turning his life around," he said.