An official Tuesday morning trial at Rosehill Gardens is on the agenda for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Messene ahead of the veteran’s return to racing in the Missile Stakes 2015 this weekend.
The seven-year-old son of Lonhro is engaged to take on the likes of six Chris Waller-trained gallopers including Doomben Cup champ Boban in the fourth heat of the morning over 900m in a Group Trial.
A good effort there will confirm his place first-up on Saturday at Royal Randwick in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival’s opening Group race, the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).
The weight-for-age sprint attracted only six nominations on Monday and Racing NSW have extended the entries until 11am (AEST) on Tuesday morning.
Messene is one of the original nominees and hasn’t raced since his ninth to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington back in last September.
He was ninth to the same champion galloper, Dissident since retired, the previous run too in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on the back of a first-up second to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sweet Idea in last year’s Missile Stakes.
Messene will be set on the same campaign trail this spring starting with the Missile before the $400,000 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on August 29 but must trial well on Tuesday morning before then.
“Messene is coming off a long break but if he trials well we may run him first-up in the Missile Stakes at Randwick on Saturday,” Hall of Fame trainer John Hawkes told The Daily Telegraph.
Other notable horses engaged to trial on Tuesday at Rosehill for Team Hawkes include Golden Slipper fifth placed Exceed And Excel colt Headwater (Heat 5), super consistent Fastnet Rock filly Lake Geneva (Race 10) who is yet to finish out of the money and Sooboog (Heat 12).
Hawkes nominated the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) back at Rosehill Gardens on August 15 as the possible kick-off for three-year-old Headwater who won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Trial (1100m) at the track in February.
Lake Geneva has raced exclusively in black-type company since her second on debut behind Fireworks in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill in January.
Her best effort to date was a third behind Waterhouse’s star colt Vancouver in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in April, a horse she could reencounter in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 12.
She was also a minor placegetter in Melbourne’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) as a juvenile when third to Pride Of Dubai in the Caulfield classic in late February, and was withdrawn from a first-up run this Wednesday at Warwick Farm due to a hefty 66.5kg weight allocation.
“We have got Lake Geneva entered for the trials but there is also race at Hawkesbury on Thursday which may suit her so we will have a think about which way we go with her,” Hawkes said speaking of a three-year-old maiden plate.
Sooboog meanwhile is one of just three maidens with a previous run engaged in the 12th heat of Tuesday morning over 900m, the son of Snitzel last seen crossing sixth in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in the mud at Randwick in early April.
“Sooboog is progressing well,” Hawkes added.
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