Shadowfax Aiming for Winter Championship

Former New Zealand galloper Shadowfax will be aimed at the Winter Championship after claiming another easy win at Caulfield on Saturday.

Now trained by Mark Kavanagh, Shadowfax had little trouble in recording his second successive win on a rain affected Caulfield track.

Sent out a $1.70 favourite, Michael Rodd settled his mount in midfield before producing a powerful finishing burst that saw him finish four lengths ahead of Titus Vinus (2nd) and Pliers (3rd)

“He’ll head towards the Winter Championship through a qualifier and then get into the final,” said trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Kavanagh conceded that his horse was a grade above his rivals of Saturday saying “He sort of had them covered a long way out, didn’t he?”

Kavanagh admitted that Shadowfax had been under a fitness cloud when he arrived from New Zealand, but said the horse was ready for a tilt at the Winter Championship, and would try to qualify through the 1400m Flemington heats.

“When he first came from New Zealand he was lean and mean and he got a little bit crook in his first preparation, with a bug that he couldn’t seem to shake, but since then he’s just kept on going forward,” said Kavanagh.

Kavanagh confirmed that he got the horse sight unseen from New Zealand after he was highly recommended a couple of Kavanagh’s New Zealand based owners.

“All I could do was take him on recommendation, and they were certainly right,”

“He’s just a handy horse who’s going through his winter grades,” said Kavanagh, who won the Winter Championship Final with Sea Battle back in 2008.