Scone trainer Paul Messara is looking forward to this Saturday’s Zipping Classic Day meeting where he will give his young colt Rekindled Power the chance at back-to-back wins with a 2014 Sandown Guineas run.
The Redoute’s Choice three-year-old is only lightly raced with a trio of runs to his name since his debut at the start of last month.
Last time out he broke his maiden status at Bendigo in a three-year-olds’ maiden plate where he posted an impressive three and a half length victory on October 29.
Up to 1400m for the first time there, Rekindled Power was ridden by Dwayne Dunn from a wide alley (10 of 11) settling back in the field before coming round the turn out wide, taking up the lead at the 200m mark then racing away in a blistering late display.
Messara is now hoping he can do the same when back up to stakes’ company after he failed to fire in his opening black-type assignment two back at Randwick when sixth behind Kuro in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).
The up-and-comer is one of 16 official nominees for this weekend’s lucrative $300,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
While it is a notable class rise and definite acid test for Rekindled Power, Messara has a high opinion of him based on his last start victory and is willing to see what he’s made of before the autumn carnival riches on offer next year.
“That was only a maiden at the end of the day and I’m not sure what he beat, but he’s always been a horse with a lot of promise,” Messara said of the win.
“He’s definitely a stakes-class horse going forward. Whether or not all this is coming for him a little bit soon, the autumn might be his time, but it’s certainly worth a shot at the stumps.”
It should be a crack edition of the Sandown Guineas with some of the more notable entries including Crown Oaks Day winner Petrology, Emirates Stakes Day champ Lord Aspen from South Australia, Group 2 winner Zululand and Darren Weir’s Carbine Club Stakes runner-up from Derby Day Stratum Star.
While not denying the class of his rivals, Messara is confident that Rekindled Power’s pedigree can stack up.
The horse is a close relation to Messara’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase – Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner and Cox Plate minor placegetter Rekindled Interest, and multiple Group 2 runner-up Rekindled Alliance.
“It’s a great family and it’s a progressive family,” Messara said.
“They get better with age and I think this horse is no exception.
“I had him down as more of a sprinter type but as time’s gone he just wants to relax in his races and his work and come home, which is probably more the family trait than anything else.
“Most of the family run up to 2000 metres and he looks like he’s probably going to go that way as well.
“He’s going to improve a lot with the experience he’s had this preparation. He’ll go out for a break and come back in a bigger and stronger horse in the autumn.”
The Sandown Stakes 2014 field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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