Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris...
Some could argue that three-year-old Scissor Kick should already be a Group One winner. Yet for whatever the reason may be, the royally bred colt remains without one.
Scissor Kick came close last spring in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), where he defied a wide run to take the lead in the straight only to be cut down in the final bounds, finishing a head behind Hallowed Crown.
The colt got his second chance in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at the end of the spring but by then he’d lost his strength and speed, finishing ninth of 16 runners.
Trainer Paul Messara believes the colt is deserving of a victory at the highest level of racing but isn’t about the rush it; he knows that patience is the key to success.
“I’ve had some good horses before and he’s as good as any I’ve had,” Messara told Sky Racing.
“When you get a good horse like this, if they can stay sound and healthy, I really think it’s only a matter of time (until he wins a Group One race).”
Perhaps the upcoming autumn carnival will be Scissor Kick’s time to shine, where he’ll be targeted towards the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7.
The colt will begin his autumn campaign a week earlier than most, using the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday as a launch pad to that elusive Group One win.
Scissor Kick is one of just seven three-year-olds lining up in the Eskimo Prince Stakes following the scratching of John O’Shea’s Meursault, four of which are resuming.
The colt may not have the fitness of Harrier Jet, Inz’n’out, or Bold Circle but he’ll bring class to the race.
“I expect him to go into this, certainly not peaking, but trying to have him ready to peak in a month’s time for the Group One, the Randwick Guineas. That’s the goal,” Messara said.
“But he’s certainly fit enough and well enough to run very well and capable of winning the race.”
After preparing for his return with a barrier trial and jumpout, Scissor Kick is raring to go.
Ladbrokes.com.au rates Scissor Kick as the $4.40 second favourite in the 2015 Eskimo Prince Stakes betting, behind Delectation at $4.
One of three Chris Waller-trained horses in the race, Delectation gave a career best performance in the Coolmore Stud Stakes last November, finishing runner-up to Brazen Beau.
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