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Full brother to last spring’s three-year-old classic contender Rekindled Interest, the Paul Messara-trained Rekindled Alliance is looking likely to kick off a Caulfield Guineas 2011 campaign at Warwick Farm this Saturday by contesting the $125,000 Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m).
The Redoute’s Choice colt from Rekindled Affair has had just one start to date, Rekindled Alliance winning on debut over 1100 metres in a 3YO maiden at Canterbury on August 10.
Rekindled Alliance was ridden by ace hoop Corey Brown for their first career run, Brown admittedly excited over the horse’s ability.
“I haven’t had one accelerate like that for a long time,” he said after the race.
“You’re going to have a lot of fun with him; enjoy the ride,” Brown added, speaking to Rekindled Alliance’s owners when returning to scale.
Those connections are already impressed and Messara has indicated that if they can step up to stakes level in the Up & Coming Stakes, then a trip to Victoria for the Melbourne Spring Carnival could be in order for Rekindled Alliance.
Whether it’s this Saturday or later down the track, the best odds on Rekindled Alliance for all their starts can be found at Luxbet.
Last year the Jim Conlan-trained Rekindled Interest (Redoute’s Choice x Rekindled Affair) was a competitive 3YO classics performer.
They ran a game fifth to winner Anacheeva in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), won the Group 2 AAMI Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley and then struck a rain-affected track for the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington where they finished fifth to Lion Tamer.
Now their full-brother Rekindled Alliance could be set on a similar spring crusade, giving their owners even more to be excited about down in Melbourne this season.
Rekindled Alliance is part-owned by the same interests behind champion Aussie hurdler and 2011 Melbourne Cup hopeful Black And Bent, having been purchased by Julian Blaxland of the Gold Coast-based venture Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for a hefty $400,000 at the 2010 Australian Easter Yearling Sales at Scone.
Black And Bent, on the other hand, was one of Blaxland’s bargain buys attracting just $26,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions Sales and now having won in excess of $750,000.
Prepared by Robert Smerdon, Black Hawk six-year-old Black And Bent posted their fourth straight win last Sunday with their runaway 12 length victory in the Grand National Hurdle (3900m) at Betfair Park, Sandown.
The outside connections that Blaxland made the purchase of Black And Bent for are now keener than ever to continue with their dream of a Melbourne Cup run with the stayer.
Blaxland has a dream of his own.
He dreams that Rekindled Alliance can enjoy some of the same success Black And Bent has this year and start to work towards winning back some more of their 400K purchase price.
“It’s just a fantastic story with Black And Bent because he’s won $750,000 now and we would like to think Rekindled Alliance can win a nice race and keep the run going for us over the spring,” Blaxland said.
“He surprised us a bit last week.
“He had never really been let go at home, so when Corey let him down and he did what he did, we all got a bit excited.”
Of comparisons to Rekindled Interest, Blaxland said that Rekindled Alliance was a bigger horse and was showing signs that they could get to the 2500 metres of the Victoria Derby.
“He’s a bit more robust physically than Rekindled Interest and while Paul thinks he’s got the scope to get over more ground, his old man (Redoute’s Choice) won the Guineas so that’s where we would ideally like to go first,” he said.
Rekindled Alliance is already nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8 and will also be a likely entry for the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when nominations for the Flemington feature are taken on Tuesday September 20.
In the latest Caulfield Guineas betting markets Rekindled Alliance is rated a $26 chance, trailing just five other horses in the odds.
This price is sure to firm if they run and win the Up And Coming Stakes on Saturday, which their trainer Messara has indicated they should be accepted for.
“I just want to have a good look and assess the field, but he’s done very well since the win last week,” Messara said.
The 2011 Up And Coming Stakes final field of acceptors, along with all of those for the Warwick Stakes Day races, will be released on Wednesday.
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