Scissor Kick missed out on success at the highest level of racing after coming second to Hallowed Crown in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) on September 13 but the colt is set to get another chance this Saturday in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
He may have missed out on winning his last two starts but trainer Paul Messara is confident the colt has got the quality to win at Group One level, which could happen as soon as this weekend.
The 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes is set to be one of the most competitive Group One races for three-year-olds this season after a talented final field of 16 was announced Wednesday morning.
Messara is confident Scissor Kick can rise to the tough challenge.
“His last two starts he’s had absolutely no luck. There’s no doubt he should have won a Group One already but the cards didn’t fall our way in the Golden Rose,” Messara told Sky Racing.
“He’s going to run a very strong 1200 metres and I reckon there’s a few that might be a little suspect down the straight.
“It’s not your standard 1200 metres. They’ll be rolling along and I think it will be a tough race. And the tougher it is, I think the better he’ll go.”
Scissor Kick is currently a $16 shot in the Coolmore Stud Stakes betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing barrier eight this morning while Rich Enuff opened as early favourite at $3.20.
The colt has already peaked this campaign, and it’s difficult for a horse to do it again. However, Messara has a few plans in motion to help Scissor Kick improve on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with his wellbeing and often with colts like him, you change their environment and you get that little bit more out of them,” Messara said.
“Coming down to Melbourne has certainly got him on the toe and switched him right on, and we’re also going with the blinkers for the first time in this race.
“So that’s a couple of things I think might just sharpen him up a bit.”
Scissor Kick will be one to watch in the 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes considering his solid form. The colt has only placed outside the top two one from his six career starts. He won three consecutive races including the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) before finishing runner-up in the Golden Rose and Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
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