As plenty of trainers unveil their spring hopes late in winter Paul Messara will be doing the same tomorrow with Double Ranga.
The filly will be put through her paces at Eagles Farm on Wednesday after having a lengthy four month spell.
She’ll race over 1000m in the Sky Racing Handicap with the expert ride of Damian Browne.
She’s had just two starts in her career to date but both showed plenty of promise for the future.
Her debut performance was at Canterbury where she ran fourth back in February and she backed it up with a maiden victory against a tough field on the same track on March 9th.
Messara is confident of a big showing in mid-week grade tomorrow and if she were to be successful it opens up a string of opportunities for her back in Sydney during the spring.
“She’s a nice filly and I’m getting her ready for the early spring races in Sydney,” Messara said.
“She’ll have a couple of Brisbane runs before she goes back home where she’ll be aimed for The Rosebud and some of the early three-year-old races.
“I like her. The day she won at Canterbury she beat a smart field and came off a bad alley.”
Although she’s been out of the game for a full fourth months and hasn’t even had a full trial, Messara says she’s the major player.
“She had a jump out and went fine even thought she didn’t win,” he said.
“This looks a nice race and she should be hard to beat.”
Double Ranga is based in Messara’s relatively new Caloundra stable which has now been operating for almost a year.
He keeps up to a dozen horses at a time in work from the Sunshine Coast base under the eye of stable foreman Eden Petrie.
“It’s been a good exercise and the stable up there is going well,” he said.
Having said that he did miss out on all the big races during the Brisbane Winter Carnival, in fact as a whole it’s probably been a pretty disappointing period.
There are potentially two shining lights to come out of it though, the efforts of Chateau Fort and even more so Mahisara.
Chateau Fort won at Group 3 level in the Gunsynd Classic and he backed up that run with a placing in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate.
He faltered after that though to languish in 10th in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes, as a result missing out on a start in the Queensland Derby.
Mahisara meanwhile put up a strong fight in a two-year-old series dominated by more experienced rivals.
He won the Listed Centerary Classic and finished second in the Listed Dalrello Stakes.
Previous to that he also ran third behind Hot Snitzel in the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes.
His most recent win see’s the colt gain direct entry to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne later in the spring.