New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock went agonisingly close to pulling off a Group 1 masterstroke at Trentham.
He who dares wins was so nearly the theme on Saturday after his bold play with Kawi went agonisingly close to top honours in the Telegraph (1200m).
Savabeel’s star son produced a huge performance under jockey Jason Waddell to come from the back of the field to finish a close second behind the southern longshot Enzo’s Lad.
“There were a few detractors, but it was a massive effort,” Sharrock said.
“I tried to create a bit of history and we came up a short neck short. If he had been one pair closer in the running he could have done it, but I’m just so proud of the horse – a huge run.
“He had to come down the slowest part of the track as well, the inside was hot all day.”
Sharrock said Kawi has breezed through Saturday’s effort and the next step is the Group 1 BCD Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa on February 10.
“He never left an oat so that’s the obvious race and at weight-for-age you’d think he’d have them on toast.”
“I might even give him one crack at 2000m before his season ends – Jason gets him to settle so I wouldn’t rule out of the New Zealand Stakes.”
The seven-year-old has seven Group 1 wins to his credit, one shy of the domestic record held by two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mufhasa.
Kawi’s collection of elite titles ranges in distance from 1200m to the 2000m of the Zabeel Classic with two over 1400m (Makfi Challenge Stakes, twice) and four (Thorndon Mile, Windsor Park Plate, Haunui Farm WFA Classic, Captain Cook Stakes) over a mile in between.