It is not that often that horses from the central districts of the north island are sent out the hot favourite at the northern harness racing capital of Alexandra Park.
But then Te Kawau is not your normal central districts horse.
Going into tonights race as the warmest of favourites was due in no small part to the outstanding runs he put up last season at three against Locharburn, Sky Major and company.
With two runs back against Cyamach to help him to full fitness, Te Kawau looked very hard to beat and so it proved.
Steadied from his second row draw by driver Zac Butcher in the 2200 meters mobile event, Zac sent him forward with 1400 to go and grabbed the lead off Royal Taz with 1100 meters to run.
From there Te Kawau always held too many guns for the opposition and comfortably held them at bay in the home straight.
Pricillas Girl continued her rich vein of form to grab second after starting from the outside of the second row while early leader Royal Taz was a nose away in third.
Te Kawau paced the 2200 meters in 2:43.71 with closing sectionals of 57.3 and 27.3
It was his sixth win from just 14 starts along with five minor placings and stake earnings of $39,727
When you look at how Te Kawau is bred it is no wonder he is smart.
By the champion sire Bettors Delight , the dam of Te Kawau is Haylin Express, a daughter of Christian Cullen who won $44,438 on the track and Te Kawau is her first foal.
The grand dam by Holmes Hanover is a half sister to the brilliant Agua Caliente 1:55.3 ($413,027) and the ill fated Haylin Fella (7 wins) who died suddenly in Auckland after being sold for big money to Queensland interests.
A big striking looking individual, Te Kawau looks to have come back better than ever and should grace the better four year old races later in the season.