Prominent Kiwi trainer Allan Sharrock is pleased with the condition of multiple Group 1 winner Kawi, ahead of his tilt at the 2016 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth on Saturday.
Kawi has understandably been the stable star for New Plymouth-based horseman Sharrock through his entire racing career so far, and has been confirmed in the Railway Stakes field with an impressive thirteen wins and eight minors record, highlighted by four previous wins at the highest level.
Charged with overcoming a race-high handicap of 58.5kgs, Sharrock concedes that the Savabeel gelding faces a big task in overcoming the weight and a particularly strong Railway Stakes field, but told Racing Ahead that he is very pleased with the horse’s condition leading into the Ascot feature.
“I think it’s too tough to be honest,” Sharrock said.
“When I looked at the three races I was going for, I thought this was the hardest one.
“They’re all getting a bit of weight off him.
“What we want to see is a top-five placing, hitting the line, and going back to weight-for-age (Kingston Town Classic)
“He’s coping really, really well. I don’t think that (the heat) is an issue now,” Sharrock said.
“It’s part and parcel of Perth – we knew that before we left.
“All we want to see is natural improvement from 1400m to 1600m, and that’ll top us off nicely for the Kingston Town.”
Kawi produced a strong piece of work over 1200m earlier this week and Sharrock believes the run has topped-off the horse ideally, leading into the Railway Stakes.
“We couldn’t find a mate to gallop with,” he said.
“They don’t seem to work them as far as we’d like to in New Zealand, or what we do with our horse, but that’s fine.
“He rolled over 1200m, ran home in 37 , had a little blow, but he’s obviously improved significantly from that first run, and that’s what we want to see at this stage.”
Trialling well in the lead-up to his spring return, Kawi savaged the line for success in the Group 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) first-up on August 27th, before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Horlicks Plate (1600m) on September 17th.
Having run a credible fourth in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 5th, Kawi has been confirmed amongst a classy and capacity 2016 Railway Stakes field of sixteen.
Kawi is currently available at early 2016 Railway Stakes odds of $17 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.