Scone trainer Paul Messara is leaning towards a run in the 2013 Hawkesbury Gold Cup on Thursday with his evergreen veteran Mic Mac where they will be tested over the mile for the first time since the spring of 2009.
A dual nominee this week, the Statue Of Liberty eight-year-old has been entered for both the $150,000 Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) on Thursday as well as Saturday’s $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).
Having broken a lengthy winning drought back in July with their Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) success at Rosehill, Mic Mac has gone on to run two more good seconds this prep.
The first was behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained Under The Sun when carrying a big 60.5kg in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m).
They were then last seen finishing runner-up to the flying Rain Affair beaten five and a half lengths by the Joe Pride-trained speedster in the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 10.
If Messara takes them to Warwick Farm on the weekend for the Warwick Stakes they will again run into Rain Affair who is at peak fitness and ready to take on a crack field of resuming spring carnival-bound stars.
The Warwick Stakes certainly is shaping up as a very tough race with other headline nominees including the Chris Waller-trained Shoot Out, Gai Waterhouse’s Glencadam Gold and multiple Group 1 winning mare Streama.
The Hawkesbury Gold Cup has also drawn a bumper list of nominations this year with notable homes including the reigning champ Darci Be Good and Waller’s spruik French import Bayrir.
Having looked over the entries Messara is leaning towards a run at Hawkesbury with Mic Mac allocated the 59kg equal top weight of along with Julienas.
It’s a manageable weight for the galloper who would carry the same, albeit under weight-for-age conditions, in the Warwick Stakes.
It will however be a stamina challenge for Mic Mac who hasn’t raced over the distance since their close second to retired weight-for-age star Whobegotyou in the 2009 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.
“I’m leaning towards the Hawkesbury race now,” Messara told the Herald Sun this week.
“The 1400m of the Warwick Stakes probably suits him better but that race has a lot of depth to it.
“The Hawkesbury Cup does look a bit weaker and seems a nice race for Mic Mac.
“He is five runs into a reparation and he is very fit.
“The mile is as far as he wants to go but I think he can run the trip.
“Hopefully he will draw well and he can sit up close to the lead which is an advantage around Hawkesbury.”
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