Randwick celebrations for Kawaikini

Consistent mare Kawaikini gave her connections cause for considerable celebrations at Randwick on Saturday when the Jason Coyle trained four-year-old All American mare won the $100,000, TAB Rewards Bm 81 Handicap (1200m) for fillies and mares under Jess Taylor.

Kawaikini and Jess Taylor stretch for the line, picture

Kawaikini was third over 1200m at Randwick in a Benchmark 80m for fillies and mares with 56kg under Kathy O’Hara on December 30th and on Saturday she carried 55.5kg under Taylor. The win was her second in her last five starts that have also yielded a second, the third and a sixth.

Taylor settled back on the mare and they improved on the rails heading for the main straight. To find clear racing room Taylor worked Kawaikini out to be three out from the rails and then they took time to wind up.

The connections supported the move and as Taylor finally had Kawaikini out in the lead and fending off the attentions of Machinegun Jubs (carried 60kg) and apprentice Blaike McDougall and Leami Astray (54kg) and Jay Ford they increased their noise level.

As Kawaikini went past the line with a half-neck over Machinegun Jubs they started in earnest with cries of ‘We did it’ and indeed they had taking Kawaikini’s stakes to $182,305 from her five wins and six placings from 16 starts.

Coyle praised the owners for their enthusiastic support of the mare.

“It is a nice win to get a Saturday win on her record. She is probably due for a break now, we will take her home and see how she pulls up. Saturday wins are hard to come by and they are a good group of owners and it is good to see them get a horse to win here,” he said.

Leami Astray and Ford were IL ahead of Machinegun Jubs (Time Thief) and McDougall in third with the time 1.09.30 on the Good 4 with the final 600m in 34.17.

Kawaikini paid $3.40 on fixed odds after being backed from $4.60 and $3.50 on the tote.

TAB Rewards Bm 81 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC