MESSAR A COLT TO STEER CLEAR OF CARNIVAL
RIVAL trainers will be breathing a collective sigh of relief with Paul Messara all but ruling out a back-end Melbourne carnival mission for the hugely exciting colt, Rekindled Force.
The son of Redoute’s Choice aims to stretch his unbeaten sequence three when he faces his first serious test in the ATC CFMEU Mining Handicap (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Rekindled Force has looked way above average in winning his first two starts at Muswellbrook and Newcastle respectively, Messara is prepared to play the long game with a potential future Arrowfield Stud resident stallion.
“I am always reluctant to give horses more than three runs in the first preparation, generally that is my rule. There are always exceptions but this run would probably see him out if we wanted to have a good crack at the autumn,” Messara said.
“Obviously he’ll be better for the time and the experience so the inclination would be win, lose or draw he goes to the paddock and have short break and then gets ready for the autumn.
“He is still on upward learning curve and has taken improvement with each race. He is going to have to take another step on Saturday but he worked well on Tuesday. It will be interesting because he is yet to be fully tested.”
Messara had Rekindled Force nominated for two races at Rosehill on Saturday — forgoing his chance to run in capacity TAB Highway.
“We are going for the three-year-old race because there are less horses to get in the way,” he explained.
“It’s against his own too so it’s a good ‘marker race’ for him, we’ll be able to see exactly where he fits in at the moment.”