QLD or NSW for Husta La Vista?
In-form trainer Paul Messara will wait until later in the week to decide whether Hussta La Vista chases her first black-type win in Sydney or Brisbane.
The mare is among entries for both the Listed Winter Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and the Tattersall’s Mile Hcp (1600m) at Eagle Farm, both run on Saturday.
“She’ll run in one or the other, I’ll just wait and see what the weather does and what the fields are like,” Messara said.
“She’s in Queensland at the moment so I’m probably leaning towards running her there.”
The four-year-old was ridden by apprentice Owen Turpin when runner-up to Icedane at Toowoomba on Saturday, rattling home after being shuffled back to last on the home turn.
Turpin will be replaced by Christian Reith if Hussta La Vista does run at Eagle Farm but Messara says the young rider has not been dumped.
“Owen is an apprentice and he can’t use his claim because it’s a stakes race,” Messara said.
“She just got behind the wrong horse last Saturday.”
Hussta La Vista is one of 17 entries for the Winter Stakes which has also attracted last-start Civic Stakes winner Hadaaf, Takeover Target Stakes victor Strat’s Flyer and Gergis,a winner at Randwick on Saturday.
Messara has Knot Out entered for the 1100 metre two-year-old handicap and confirmed the juvenile was on track to take his place.
Knot Out made a memorable debut at Randwick last week when he came down the outside of the track to post a narrow win and Messara reported he had done well since.
The colt is part-owned by former trainer Dr Geoff Chapman who prepared the likes of multiple Group One winner Dr. Grace and 1989 Doomben 10,000 (then Rothmans 100,000) winner Potrero.
“He’s helped me out a lot since I started training,” Messara said.
Messara’s stable has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks.
He celebrated a double at Eagle Farm last Saturday week courtesy of two-year-old Savoia and Battlefield, who won the Listed Ascot Hcp while Hussta La Vista was successful at the Sunshine Coast two starts ago.
The exciting Battlefield will chase successive stakes wins when he lines up in the Ramornie Hcp (1200m) at Grafton on Wednesday.
By Mandy Cottell