Announcing his racing arrival via four exceptional performances over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival already, trainer Paul Messara has confirmed classy three-year-old Scissor Kick will accept a position in this weekend’s Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) in Sydney, rather than travel to Victoria to contest the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Quickly building towards his maiden appearance in a Group 1 feature when lining up for the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 13th, Scissor Kick jumped from the gates well and settled in prime position, charging home late to finish a short nose behind champion Hallowed Crown in second position.
Taking to twitter on Monday afternoon, Messara confirmed the Redoute’s Choice colt would remain in Sydney to contest the Stan Fox Stakes on Saturday before heading to Melbourne over the coming week in preparation for his major target, the featured Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11th.
“Scissor Kick (is) definitely staying in Sydney for the Stan Fox. Just nominated in Melbourne as a safety net,” Messara tweeted.
Finishing a less-than convincing seventh in his racing debut; the Australian Turf Club Maiden (1200m) on March 5th, Messara elected to return the then two-year-old to the paddock with a long view towards black type success over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival; a moved that looked sure to pay dividends when Scissor Kick charged home to win the More Than Ready 2.y.o (1250m) by three lengths first-up on July 23rd.
Displaying an exceptional turn of foot to finish a length in the clear of classy Peter Moody-trained runner Better Land in the Listed Rosebud (1200m) on August 9th, the colt out of Back Pass poked a nose clear to beat stable mate Panzer Division to the line in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23rd, in what was his only other competitive start prior to the Golden Rose.
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