The kilos are dropping off Opie Bosson as he prepares for spring racing and possible Makfi hat-trick at Hastings.
Punters have a job balancing residual fitness against fresh-up form as they make their selections for Mafki Stakes.
Kevin Myers has all but finalised horses for next month's Great Northern Steeples-Hurdle double.
Kawi's chances were dealt a blow when the barrier draw was made for the season's first Group I Mafki Stakes.
New Zealand racing executive Greg Purcell grilled in case against Pukekohe trainer Kevin Morton in Auckland.