Scone horseman Paul Messara and connections have opted to not pay the hefty 2016 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes late entry fee to get last weekend’s Talindert Stakes winner Weatherly into the Group 1 field this weekend.
Beneteau colt Weatherly broke his maiden status at Flemington on Black Caviar Lightning Day with a smart one and a half-length victory in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m), completing his final 200m sectional in a sharp 11.62 seconds.
“I thought he was very impressive and was not at full stretch which is very encouraging,” said Messara told.
“I’ve said previously I think he’s the fastest horse I have trained, he just has an abundance of speed.
Messara and owner Oussama Aboughazale are focusing on how best to get the progressive juvenile prepared for a shot at the lucrative $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 19.
“Neither the owner or myself is keen to pay the late entry fee and back up into the Blue Diamond next Saturday so we will wait with him,” Messara said.
“We want to look after him and will aim towards the Golden Slipper.
“Getting there will be the tricky part with prizemoney deciding it so we’ll look at the options and work out where we go next.”
Weatherly is from a family Trelawney Stud is very familiar with. He is a son of Luna Bella, a daughter of Procure. Procure is also the dam of the stakes placed Trelawney bred and owned Procurement (O'Reilly), trained by Stephen Marsh.