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Real Kawi To Stand Up This Spring
Allan Sharrock says a bigger and stronger Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) is set to make a serious impact this spring, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Plymouth trainer is keeping close tabs on his star galloper as the 5YO Savabeel gelding prepares for an ambitious early campaign beginning with the Gr2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa on August 15. "I'm hoping to have him at the Foxbridge Plate and then we'll look at the triple crown at Hastings," Sharrock said. "As to whether he races in all three races there, we'll just play that as it comes but I think you'll see the real Kawi this year." Kawi spelled after his fast-finishing third behind Pondarosa Miss in the Gr1 Easter Handicap (1600m) at Ellerslie in April, capping a string of high-class performances, including wins in the Listed Anniversary Handicap (1600m) at Trentham and the Gr3 Taranaki Cup (1800m) at New Plymouth. "He's with the pre-trainer at the moment and he'll be back to me on the first of July," Sharrock said. "I'd like to give him a couple of jump-outs before the Foxbridge Plate and he might have an exhibition gallop here on Opunake Cup day [at New Plymouth on July 15]." He added: ""He had five weeks out after the Easter but he's only being paddock-trained at the moment, so basically it's an extended holiday. I'm really happy with him. He's probably put on 50 kilos. He's a big horse now."