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Kawi Booked For Earlier Australian Flight
Star Kiwi galloper Kawi (Savabeel-Magic Time, by Volksraad) will head to Australia earlier than originally intended, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainer Allan Sharrock has confirmed the 6YOs travel and racing plans for his upcoming campaign in Perth. The Taranaki horseman had considered a run at Awapuni in an open handicap on October 29 before departing, but he has now opted for an extra start in Western Australia. "He would have been given 67.5kg here and that's a lot of weight and there's the possibility of a wet track," Sharrock said. Kawi will instead fly out at the end of this month and after a stop-over in Melbourne will travel on to Perth where he will open his campaign in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on 5 November. "It's worth $250,000 and at weight-for-age so it was a no-brainer really," Sharrock said. He will then run a fortnight later in the $1 million Gr1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and the $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 3. All three races will be run at Ascot. Kawi has won both his starts at Hawke's Bay this season and following his first-up success in the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes he overcame a three wide run to claim the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate.