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Scissor Kick Confirmed For Futurity
Meanwhile, trainer Paul Messara has confirmed that class galloper Scissor Kick will make his long awaited return in the Gr1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday week. The beautifully bred Redoute's Choice entire has not raced since pulling up with an injury when finishing 17th in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 in May of last year. "I'm really happy with the horse," Messara told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "We've had a long gradual preparation with him coming back from a Queensland campaign where he finished up pretty sore last winter. He had to have a long spell because of some bone bruising and jarring...it took him a long time to get through that." Despite Scissor Kick's extended lay-off, Messara expects the Gr1 performer's class to carry him a long way. "I'm aware that he is a bull, he is four and its been a long time since he's been to the races...but I'm pretty happy with his fitness levels and I think he should be running a very strong 1400 metres first-up," he said. "I'm confident he will run well first-up I can tell you that." Scissor Kick is a full-brother to stakes winner Shark Bite, who stands at Eliza Park Stud in Victoria. Both Scissor Kick and Shark Bite are from the Quest For Fame mare Back Pass, a half-sister to Gr2-winning sire Three Chimneys from 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).