Paul Messara has never had a horse do what Drinkwise Country Classic favourite Total Recall did last start.
The classy son of Animal Kingdom break new ground for the Scone trainer when making a mockery of his rivals with a huge weight at his home track.
Total Recall carried a whopping 63.5kg when aided by the 3kg claim of apprentice Dylan Gibbons and put paid to his rivals in a stunning 8-3/4 length romp over 2200m.
“I have had a lot of horses and I’ve never had a horse carry that much weight and win or win by that far in a race,” Messara said.
“It all panned out for him and it was a good ride for the kid.
“He didn’t beat much. I think it was pretty weak competition but you can only do what you can do.”
Messara is hoping he can carry that sensational form into Saturday’s $125,000 feature for country trained horses.
Trainer Paul Messara with former champion sire Redoute’s Choice at Arrowfield Stud.Picture: Peter Lorimer.Source:News Corp Australia
But the trainer admits wet weather in Sydney has put a dent in his confidence ahead of the Rosehill test.
Rosehill was rated in the soft range early on Thursday but rain continued to tumble down in Sydney throughout the day and the track looks destined to be in the heavy range again.
Despite having a win to his name on heavy surfaces, Messara believes Total Recall’s best comes on top of the ground.
“It’s going to be a very heavy track it seems and he’s one raced once on it in a three-horse race,” he said.
“He got through it that day but I don’t know how wet this track is going to be on Saturday.
“This has been his aim all the way through and thought he would be hard to beat if it was dry and he drew a gate.
“He’s got neither so that’s my only caveat.
“I’ve got no worries of him running out the trip.
“He’s gone 2400m to 2200m to 2000m.”
Total Recall has drawn barrier 14 with Tommy Berry booked to ride.
TAB.com.au list him as the $3.50 favourite for the Country Classic.
Messara also has Free Rider in the TAB Highway Handicap (1500m) but may wait another week with the gelding if the track isn’t to his liking.
“We are waiting to see what the track does because he is untested on the ground but the horse is in good form,” Messara said.
Originally published asTrainer: I’ve never had a horse do that
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