Paul Messara’s in-form colt Scissor Kick will have his final Sydney run this weekend in the Stan Fox Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Racecourse before travelling to Melbourne for the Caulfield Guineas next month.
The son of Redoute’s Choice is one of eight three-year-olds in the field for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) and uses the race as a lead-up to the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) south of the border on October 11.
A winner of three of his five career starts to date, Scissor Kick pays $9 as one of six single figure hopes in the updated Caulfield Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au following second declarations on Tuesday that left 55 hopefuls.
His latest win was over Panzer Division in the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes (1300m) in the wet at Randwick on August 23, after which he backed up to finish a luckless second to Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).
A better run from a better gate (12) surely had Scissor Kick winning the Golden Rose with his Scone-based trainer after atonement this weekend and then in the Caulfield Guineas back up against Group 1 company for the youngster’s interstate debut.
“All being well after Saturday we will head down for the Guineas and to my eye the Sydney horses have the edge,” Messara told The Daily Telegraph this week.
“He worked sensationally (yesterday) morning and I’m very confident about his chances on Saturday.”
The other notable 2014 Caulfield Guineas hope paying $21 in the futures markets at Ladbrokes running in the Stan Fox Stakes then is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Shooting To Win.
Drawn in barrier three this weekend with Tim Clark to ride, the two-time winning son of Northern Meteor ran a brave third in the Golden Rose a fortnight ago finishing over one and a half lengths off Scissor Kick.
Before that the chestnut colt was runner-up to Panzer Division in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) so his form is right for another big run this weekend as he steps out over further than 1400m for the first time.
Another Ming Dynasty graduate in the mix on Saturday is then fifth placed Valentia, Gai Waterhouse’s Fastnet Rock colt also third to Scissor Kick the run before in the Up & Coming Stakes.
He shoots for his first win since mid-March when beating home Mr Bogart in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Other notable hopes then include Golden Slipper and Golden Rose ninth placegetter Modoc with the rails run form barrier one and Anthony Cummings’ Volley Of Fire up in class here with the outside barrier to overcome.
The full Stan Fox Stakes 2014 field, barrier draw and jockeys are detailed below.
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2014 Stan Fox Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 5 (3:05pm) – 27/09/2014
|No.||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||7×1112||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Tye Angland||4||56.5kg||96|
|2||x716224x60||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||Blake Shinn||5||56.5kg||80|
|3||3110×35||VALENTIA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||7||56.5kg||81|
|4||11×823||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||3||56.5kg||88|
|5||1126349×59||MODOC||Paul Perry||Jeff Lloyd||1||56.5kg||74|
|6||43119×0||BACHMAN||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||2||56.5kg||80|
|7||75×7144||VOLLEY OF FIRE||Anthony Cummings||James McDonald||8||56.5kg||60|
|8||1x||AWARD OF MERIT||Tony McEvoy||Kerrin McEvoy||6||56.5kg||55|