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Innes Retains Ride On Kawi

Tuesday, 8th September 2015

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock made the toughest call of his racing life at the weekend informing regular rider Johnathon Parkes of his decision to keep Leith Innes on his stable star Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) for the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings on Saturday week, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I rang Parksie yesterday [Sunday] to tell him that Leith would be staying on the horse and he took it like an absolute gentleman," Sharrock said. "I had been deliberating for four days – it was a terrible decision to have to make, but Leith won a Group One on the horse and you couldn't take him off after that." Parkes missed the ride on Kawi in the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes due to suspension, with Innes taking advantage of the opportunity by guiding the son of Savabeel to a most impressive victory and setting up a possible Triple Crown clean sweep. "If he had been beaten in the Makfi then Johnathon would have been back on," Sharrock said. Kawi was dominant on the first day at Hastings and his progress since has delighted the Taranaki horseman. "He's absolutely thriving," Sharrock said. "He's improved since the Makfi and I couldn't be happier. I'm pretty positive going forward."

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