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Kawi Odds Make Sharrock Uneasy

Friday, 18th September 2015

His horse is fine but the short odds worry Allan Sharrock heading into the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) with Kawi at Hastings on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The New Plymouth trainer admits to being "spooked" by having an odds-on favourite in a Gr1 feature race. "The uncomfortable part for me is having a $1.90 favourite," he said. "That adds a little bit of pressure. It is still a Group One race and it's never that easy. They don't give these sort of races away." Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) has been a short price for the second leg of the Hastings Triple Crown since putting away his rivals with ease in the opening leg of the series - the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) - three weeks ago. The Savabeel 5YO should be even better suited by the step up in distance and Sharrock is confident the horse has improved from his first-up run. "I'm really happy with him. He had been hanging on to his winter coat a bit but his coat has definitely improved and I think he's improved physically slightly too." Sharrock has always held Kawi in the highest regard, and commented in the past that maturity would be the making of the horse. "His last start was probably the only time in his whole career that he has done everything right," Sharrock said. "It could be a maturity thing or that the horse and Leith just gelled." He added: "But it does look, going forward, that he's starting to do it right and I've always said that's when he will be at his most potent."

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