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Otaki-Maori (Haunui Farm) Classic

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History

AVANTAGE winning the Haunui Farm Classic.
AVANTAGE winning the Haunui Farm Classic. Picture: Race Images Photo

Otaki-Maori Classic is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for sprinters at Otaki race course conducted by the Otaki-Maori Racing Club.
The Otaki-Maori Classic is run over 1600m.
The Otaki-Maori Classic is currently known as the Haunui Farm Classic and is a patterned race after the Waikato Sprint.
In 2018 the race was moved to Hastings as Otaki had drainage problems after some flooding.
2006 saw Darci Brahma win the race as a 3yo before being defeated by Apache Cat in the Australian Guineas.
Melody Belle was in a purple patch in 2019 taking this race in between the Waikato Sprint and the Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes. She would win races at home and abroad.
Avantage is almost cut from the same cloth winning another G1 in 2020 for the same stable.
The Otaki-Maori Classic was worth NZ$200,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of Otaki-Maori Classic include Avantage (2020), Melody Belle (2019), Kawi (2017), Volkstok'n'barrell (2016), Nashville (2013/2014), Veyron (2012), Mufhasa (2010), Alamosa (2008), Sir Slick (2007), Darci Brahma (2006), King's Chapel (2004), Surface (2000), Allegro (1995), Javelin (1992/1993), Rough Habit (1991), Westminster (1990), Poetic Prince (1988/1989) and Society Bay (1987).
The 2020 Otaki-Maori Classic was won by Avantage from Prise De Fer and The Chosen One.
Racing and Sports

Previous Otaki-Maori (Haunui Farm) Classic Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
AVANTAGE (AUS) 4M
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ASAVANT (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
D S JOHNSON57.0JAMIE RICHARDS1
MELODY BELLE (NZ) 4M
COMMANDS (AUS) - MELEKA BELLE (NZ) IFFRAAJ (GB)
O P BOSSON57.0JAMIE RICHARDS13
DEVISE (NZ) 4M
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - DONEZE GIRL (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
M T COLEMAN57.0SHAUNE RITCHIE5
KAWI (NZ) 6G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - MAGIC TIME (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
J L WADDELL59.0A SHARROCK2
VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL (NZ) 4G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - VOLKSTER (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
V A COLGAN59.0D LOGAN3
IAMISHWARA (NZ) 5G
KEENINSKY (NZ) - SHE'S HEROIC (NZ) CLAY HERO (AUS)
R J HANNAM59.0ANTONY KAYE2
NASHVILLE (NZ) 5G
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - ROYAL KISS (IRE) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
J K RIDDELL59.0ADRIAN & HARRY BULL2
NASHVILLE (NZ) 4G
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - ROYAL KISS (IRE) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
KELLY MC CULLOCH59.0A BULL3
VEYRON (NZ) 6G
THORN PARK (AUS) - OVER THE LIMIT (NZ) CENTRO (NZ)
M HILLS59.0LINDA LAING4
KEEP THE PEACE (NZ) 4M
KEEPER (AUS) - PEACE OF MIND (NZ) WILD RAMPAGE (AUS)
J B MCDONALD57.0SHAUNE RITCHIE8
CULMINATE (NZ) 5M
ELNADIM (USA) - SOLSTICE (NZ) MARCEAU (AUS)
S C SPRATT57.0STEPHEN MCKEE3
ALAMOSA (NZ) 3C
O'REILLY (NZ) - LODORE MYSTIC (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
M J WALKER55.0PETER MCKAY4
SIR SLICK (NZ) 5G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - OUR MISS OPERA (NZ) PARIS OPERA (AUS)
B S HERD59.0G NICHOLSON3
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - GRAND ECHEZEAUX (NZ) ZAFONIC (USA)
M J WALKER52.5MARK WALKER2
ZVEZDA (NZ) 6G
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS (NZ) - CARNIVAL GIRL (NZ) ROUGHCAST (USA)
B S HERD57.5KAY LANE9
KING'S CHAPEL (AUS) 3C
KING OF KINGS (IRE) - LOWER CHAPEL (GB) SHARPO (GB)
R MCLEOD53.0MARK WALKER8
CRITIC (NZ) 4M
CENTAINE (AUS) - BENAZIR (NZ) VICE REGAL (NZ)
L A O'SULLIVAN55.5COLIN & RICHARD YUILL1
NO MEAN CITY (NZ) 6G
STAR BOARD (NZ) - JIGTIME (NZ) AMAZING DANCER (USA)
D J BROWNE57.5J KIERNAN4
STAR SATIRE (NZ) 3F
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - SATIRICAL (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
M R DU PLESSIS51.5ROSS TAYLOR13
SURFACE (NZ) 5G
CRESTED WAVE (USA) - KOSHA (NZ) COOBER PRINCE (IRE)
N G HARRIS57.5D N EALES1