Returning to racing with an impressive run for second in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, co-trainer Michael Hawkes has confirmed Messene will continue on to the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 23rd ahead of several featured Group 1 appearances through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Jumping from the gates well, Messene settled within the pack during the Missile Stakes, finding a clear racing line upon reaching the final straight and running on to finish a less-than half a length behind winner Sweet Idea.
Understandably pleased with the Lonhro gelding’s performance in the Missile Stakes, Hawkes told The Sunday Telegraph Messene is in ideal form leading into a second-up tilt at the 2014 Warwick Stakes.
“It was a super effort to run so well first-up in that race against those quality horses,” Hawkes said.
“Personally I didn’t think we were on the best part of the track, we didn’t want to be there on the fence, but we were dictated to a little.
“But he has run a great race and he will improve out of sight.
“He has ticked the weight-for-age box and he is right where we want him to be going to the Warwick Stakes.”
Securing an impressive total of nine wins and three minor places from just 14 competitive starts so far, Messene appeared on course for just two starts through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, however still managed two impressive victories.
Returning during the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival in similarly devastating form, the gelding out of Belle Giselle won the Listed National Sprint (1400m) first-up and repeated the dose in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 22nd before finishing a credible seventh on less-than-ideal racing conditions in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th.
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