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Scissor Kick Pleases In Trial

Tuesday, 9th February 2016

Gr1-performed galloper Scissor Kick is a step closer to his return to racing after pleasing trainer Paul Messara in a Cranbourne barrier trial yesterday, reports theinformant.co.nz. The beautifully bred Redoute's Choice entire, who has not raced since pulling up with an injury when 17th in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 in May of last year, impressed with his second placing to Lizard Island in the 900 metre hit-out. Messara confirmed the 4YO would resume in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 27 February. "When he came back he did a lot of slow conditioning work to make sure he was very solid going forward," Messara said. "He's never been better in terms of his soundness. His action is great and he should be in for a good preparation." Among other possible targets for Scissor Kick is the Gr1 Doncaster Mile in Sydney and the Gr1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket in England. "I think he's the type of horse that can do it," Messara said of the July Cup. "You need a horse that can run a strong 1200 metres but be a 1400 metre to miler type for us Australians, and he falls in that category." A European Gr1 victory would make Scissor Kick a very valuable stallion prospect indeed, perhaps even a dual hemisphere sire. Raced by Arrowfield in partnership with Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner and Eliza Park Stud sire Shark Bite. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2-winning sire Three Chimneys. This is the family of Juddmonte Farms' exceptional producer Hasili, dam of outstanding European sire Dansili (Danehill) and Gr1 winners Intercontinental (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill), Cacique (Danehill), Banks Hill (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert).

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Scissor Kick (image: Steve Hart)
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