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Smart Falcon

Smart Falcon is on a nine-race winning run going back to November 2010

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Falcon trainer concerned for World Cup after flight

TRAINER Ken Kozaki has expressed some concern about the condition of his Dubai World Cup second-favourite Smart Falcon after the seven-year-old lost 20kg on his journey from Japan.

Owned by Toru Okawa, Smart Falcon is on a nine-race winning stretch dating back to November 2010 and is the general 5-1 second favourite for the World Cup.

He arrived in Dubai last Thursday and speaking on Wednesday, Kozaki said: "He's a little bit tired after travelling so we're trying to get him back to the best condition.

"He lost around 20 kilos but we still have two or three more days to gain the weight."

Smart Falcon is one of three Japanese contenders in the World Cup alongside Transcend and Eishin Flash and Kozaki added: "We have three top horses. Last year he [SmartFalcon] had a happy season so now we are here, we hope we have a chance to win but it's tough."

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