The Sportsman Weekend - - News - S H AY N E O’C AS S

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.”

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