Kawi ruled out of Zabeel Classic

Kawi winning the G1 Captain Cook
Kawi winning the G1 Captain Cook Classic (photo: Peter Rubery)
A trip north for Kawi has been ruled out with the star galloper set for a return to Trentham in the New Year in pursuit of further top-flight honours.

The outstanding son of Savabeel produced a commanding performance there to win Saturday’s Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m), his sixth success on the capital city course.

“He’s won seven Group Ones now and he ain’t finished yet,” trainer Allan Sharrock said.

“He won’t be going to Ellerslie though for the Zabeel Classic, if I’m going to run him over 2000m again it will be toward the end of his season.”

Kawi’s quest for an eighth Group One victory – which would draw him level with all-time domestic leader Mufhasa – will centre next month on either the Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) or the JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m).

“They are the options and we can put the blinkers on if it’s the Telegraph, if we decide not to it will be the Thorndon,” Sharrock said.

Before he makes a decision on the Trentham possibilities, Kawi could head to Awapuni to defend a Group Two title.

“It’s a $100,000 weight-for-age race just down the road, it’s not to be sneezed at,” Sharrock said.

The race in question on Saturday week is the Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m), an event he won in 2015 before beating Stolen Dance in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at his next start.

“We’ll have a look at Awapuni, he’s come through Saturday’s race terrifically well,” Sharrock said.