Kawi thrust out his nose at the finish line and won the Windsor Park Plate (NZ-I) Sept. 17 at Hastings, setting him up for a New Zealand Triple Crown run next time out if he does not ship to Australia.
The 6-year-old son of Savabeel edged Mime by a slim margin following his previous victory at Hastings in the Makfi Challenge Stakes (NZ-I), the series' first leg Aug. 27. He looks poised to complete the first-ever Triple Crown sweep if he starts in the Livamol Classic (NZ-I) Oct. 1.
"It's tempting, but I've got to talk to the owners on Sunday morning," winning trainer Allan Sharrock said of Kawi, who could be sent to Australia, where a trio of group I races beckon. Although a chance to win the Triple Crown might keep him on home turf.
Showing his gameness Saturday, Kawi broke from post 9 raced and three wide without cover before flattening out in the stretch to edge mares Mime and Rasa Lila. Final time for 1,600 meters (about one mile) was 1:35.52 on a track rated as dead.
"He's done it hard today and they still couldn't get passed him," Sharrock said. "He's the best I've trained and I've had a few good ones."
Longtime leader Mime looked to have secured the victory from a half mile out, but when jockey Leith Innes called upon Kawi, the gelding delivered with a powerful rally to post a fifth group I victory and 13th overall win from 26 starts.
Kawi, campaigned by a partnership that includes breeder J. P. Goodin, is out of the Volksraad mare Magic Time.