A win by top weight Kawi in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday would be a great surprise for New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock.
Kawi is a winner of five Group 1 races in New Zealand but was beaten at his first run on Australian soil when fourth to Perfect Reflection in the Group 2 $250,000 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 5.
Kawi and Perfect Reflection are due to clash again in the Railway Stakes with the New Zealand six year old meeting the local mare 2kg worse off under the handicap conditions and Sharrock can see it very hard to turn the tables.
“If he won then he would exceed my expectations,” Sharrock told NZ Racing Desk.
“It’s a handicap and he’s got to carry 58.5kg and he’ll be giving the one that won the other day four kilos and not two.
“I honestly can’t see him winning at the weights, but I would like to see him hitting the line strongly and I expect him to be doing that. He’ll be right for third one then.”
Sharrock said that Kawi was a little bit underdone for the Lee Steere Stakes but with this Saturday’s run under his belt he will be cherry ripe for the weight for age Group 1 $1m Peters Investments-Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 3.
“He blew out noticeably and it was 37 degrees. He got over there late and he had very little fast work in the week before the race, but I’m happy with him,” Sharrock said.
“This is the race of the three that I always thought would be the biggest battle.”
Melbourne based Kiwi jockey Michael Walker rode Kawi in the Lee Steere Stakes and sticks with the Savabeel gelding in the Railway Stakes.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au agree with Sharrock that Kawi is facing a tough task with 58.5kg and have listed him as a $17 chance for the Railway Stakes.
The Grant and Alana Williams trained Perfect Reflection and Chris Waller’s Mackintosh share the top spot in the market order at $5.50 each ahead of the Darren Weir trained Rageese at $7 and last Saturday’s R.J Peters Stakes winner Scales Of Justice at $9.
Market order for the Railway Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Mackintosh, Perfect Reflection, $7 Rageese, $9 Scales Of Justice, $10 Deposition, Tradesman, $13 He Or She, $15 Good Project, Heart Starter, $17 Kawi, Lite’n In My Veins, $26 Neverland, Great Shot, $31 Ideal Image, $51 Balmont Girl, Zarantz, $61 Showy Chloe, $81 Pornichet, $101 Tick Tick Bloom.