Despite the quality of this Saturday’s 2012 Randwick Guineas field, trainer Paul Messara is confident his three-year-old Rekindled Alliance has what it takes to match it with the best this weekend.
The latest elite level of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Turnpoint Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) has attracted a final field of 17 smart gallopers including Group 1 winners Manawanui, Mosheen and Doctor Doom.
Another Randwick Guineas hopeful is Redoute’s Choice colt Rekindled Alliance drawn one outside of Manawanui (11) in barrier 12.
The lightly-raced Rekindled Alliance hasn’t won a race since their successful debut at Canterbury in August last year, but Messara is hopeful that will change come Saturday.
After resuming with a first-up fourth behind Hot Snitzel in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm last month, Rekindled Alliance was last seen finishing four and a half lengths away sixth behind fellow Randwick Guineas chance Wild And Proud in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Along with Gai Waterhouse’s winner upon protest Wild And Proud, there were a number of other Randwick Guineas hopes that beat Rekindled Alliance home in the Hobartville including Manwanui and Moment Of Change.
That race was run on a Heavy (9) track at Rosehill, however, and Messara believes on firmer ground at Randwick over a little more distance that Rekindled Alliance will improve.
“I’m really happy with him, delighted in fact,” Messara said.
“I’ve just been waiting for a dry track because he’s not a wet tracker.
“The horse just can’t accelerate on a wet track, it’s that simple and you can’t blame him for that.
“(Saturday) will be his best run this preparation and given a dry track I’m really confident he’ll be ultra-competitive.”
And of the competition?
Messara is all too aware of just how good a horse Ron Leemon’s Golden Rose winner Manawanui has the potential to be and said that with a good run from their awkward gate they would be the definite one to beat.
“If Manawanui gets the luck I think he will win because he is the best horse in the race,” Leemon said.
“But it’s not going to be an easy race.
“It’s a Group One, Group Ones aren’t easy, they never are.
“Obviously there is Mosheen but the middle-distance staying-type horses like Rekindled Alliance and Doctor Doom will start to come into their own now.”
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