CONFIDENT: Paul Messara is hoping for a soft track at Newcastle for well-bred filly Roseito. Picture: Vince CaligiuriSCONE trainer Paul Messara is hoping for soft conditions under foot for blueblood filly Roseito at Newcastle on Saturday.
Roseito is a daughter of super sire Snitzel and New Zealand mare Bellini Rose and was impressive on debut in a 1280-metre Muswellbrook maiden on April 21, where she came from the tail of the 14-horse field to win by a neck.
The filly will appreciate the 1400mtrip and the spacious Newcastle track when she contests the class 1 handicap.
The three-year-old has an ideal draw and with Mitchell Bell, who rode her at Muswellbrook unavailable, Paul King will take the mount.
Messara, who is stud manager at the famous Arrowfield Stud owned by his father John, has 12horses in training.
“This filly is very smart but she needs a softish track to produce her best,” Messara said. “I was tossing up between the Newcastle race or a 1600 metre class 1 at next week’s Scone Carnival. Roseito will run at Newcastle if there is give in the track. I wasn’t that confident about her at Muswellbrook as she was underdone but her class got her home. The 1400mon the big track is ideal. Eventually Roseito will be a good 1600-2000mhorse.”
Messara will be on the Gold Coast on Saturday where he has promising two-year-old Lord Cecil.
“He is in the Ken Russell Classic and he won his only start at Muswellbrook the day Roseito won.” Messara said.
Godolphin trainer John O’Shea, a runaway leader in the 2016-17 Newcastle trainers’premiership, will send six gallopers up the freeway on Saturday.
O’Shea, who has announced that he is leaving Godolphin, has early favourities Birdsong and Evanesce in the 1400mmaiden.
In the 1200mmaiden, O’Shea will saddle up favourite Palomino and Belle Tournure.
The Godolphin colours will be carried in the final event – the 1400 metre Benchmark 70 – by import Beijing Board and Jamadar.
Birdsong, which resumes, was placed at Randwick, Warwick Farm and Canterbury earlier this year.
Palomino hasn’t raced for 13months but she has had two recent barrier trials.
The filly wasn’t far away in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace and Group 3 Percy Sykes last season. If fit enough she should be too classy.
An important gear change could pave the way for the Gai Waterhouse Adrian Bott-trained Emma Jane to notch her first win in the 1200mBenchmark 60 Handicap.
The filly was only beaten two lengths at Randwick last start. Two starts back she was placed behind subsequent Metropolitan winner White Moss at Wyong.
Meanwhile, Newcastle trainer Kris Lees will be chasing back-to-back wins when Slow Pace contests the $150,000 Lord Mayors Cup,2000m, at Rosehill on Saturday.