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Paul Messara indicated he would pull the pin on Mic Mac’s 2013 Winter Stakes assignment on Tuesday saying the veteran sprinter was too heavily weighted for the weekend’s feature race in Sydney.
The State Of Liberty seven-year-old was one of 17 entries for this Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) and was considered one of the top chances after their good victory in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on July 6.
That was the injury prone gelding’s first victory in four years, their previous most recent victory being the Group 2 Memsie Stakes back in August of 2009.
In the Civic Stakes Mic Mac carried 59kg to a one length win over fellow Winter Stakes hopeful Under The Sun from the Sydney stables of Gai Waterhouse.
However for the weekend they were allocated a hefty 60.5kg, a weight that Messara didn’t believe they could be competitive with.
“I think it’s a terrible weight. I don’t understand it and it’s unlikely he will run,” Messara said.
“He has been carrying a rating from two years ago. He was 110 and he went back down to 104 for the Civic.
“Now he’s gone up two points to 106 but has gone up a kilo-and-a-half instead of one kilo.
“It’s makes it too hard.”
Having overcome a whole host of adversities including a hoof injury, nearly losing an eye and a fractured cannon bone Messara certainly doesn’t want to push Mic Mac too far.
He is still planning a spring campaign for the comeback king however saying they would now look at the weight-for-age features in Sydney.
“The Missile Stakes and the Warwick Stakes in August, both at weight-for-age, are the two possibilities at this stage” he said.
“I would prefer to run on Saturday but it would be very difficult for him with that weight.”
The $125,000 Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) runs at Randwick on August 10 and the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on the 24th at Warwick Farm.
Also in doubt for a Winter Stakes acceptance this morning is fellow top liner Bayrir, Chris Waller’s French import nominated but still to be confirmed for their Australian race debut.
Bayrir is a Group 1 winner in America having won last year’s Secretariat Stakes and is being tipped for big things this coming spring.
They are the second heaviest weighted for the Winter Stakes with 59.5kg and at this stage Waller is leaning towards a trial instead of an official race start on the weekend.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the official 2013 Winter Stakes final field and barrier draw due for release shortly.
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