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Sharrock In No Rush With Kawi

Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Australia features more prominently in Allan Sharrock's longer-term plans for Kawi, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Plymouth trainer's immediate focus is attending to serious business on the home front with the talented rising 5YO. "The Mackinnon Stakes [Gr1] at Flemington is an option, but I'm more thinking of the Australian Cup [Gr1] in the autumn for him," Sharrock said. "I'd like to get some Group Ones at home with him first." A dual stakes winner of the Gr3 Taranaki Cup and the Listed Anniversary Handicap, Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) hasn't raced since he powered home for a close third in the Gr1 Easter Handicap in April. "He galloped super this (Tuesday) morning and the way he is I don't think I'll have any other choice than to run him first up in the Foxbridge Plate," Sharrock said. "He's not a 1200 metre horse, but he'll run a bonny race and he did run 1.08.8 when he won first-up at Trentham last year so he's certainly not slow." The Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate will be run at Te Rapa on 15 August  with the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes to follow a fortnight later. "He will probably have to run on all three days at Hastings, there are very few other options to avoid three trips to the Hawke's Bay," Sharrock said. "He will be most potent on the second and third days, but he is a big, robust horse and he's a very good traveller so I'm not worried about that." Kawi has six wins and seven placings from his 14 career starts with the only blemish on his form being an unplaced run in last season's Gr1 Levin Classic.

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