Day At The Track

Messini's low-key build up

11:47 AM 12 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Boom pacer Messini will continue his low-ley approach to some of harness racing’s main events when he competes at Ballarat tomorrow night.

Transferred to Victorian trainer Brent Lilley several weeks ago, the former New Zealander will tackle an M0-M1 Final on the Group One Pacing Cup program.

Although the son of Art Major established a national record when successful in the Junior Free-For-All at Addington last month, Lilley is “in no hurry to tackle the top pacers”.

Instead, Lilley will limit Messini to age-restricted events such as the Four-Year-Old Bonanza, Chariots Of Fire, Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown series.

“He showed in New Zealand he is up to the top ones, but he is still only four and has got a lot of racing ahead of him,” Lilley said. “There are plenty of races for his age to keep him busy for the season.

“Although the temptation is there, I’m in no hurry to tackle the top pacers when we can find great options against his own age during the rest of the season.”

Despite his awkward second row draw, Messini is a clear favourite, with Lilley confident the rising star can continue his Aussie winning streak.

Messini was unbeaten from five outings last term, including the Vicbred Super Series Final.

The entire then scored first-up for Lilley at Cranbourne last weekend.

“The draw isn’t the best and there are a few handy ones in the field, but he is good enough to overcome it,” Lilley said. “It’s not so much that he needs luck, he just can’t afford any bad luck from the back line.

“After this he will have a few easy days, then work towards the Four-Year-Old Bonanza at Melton on Hunter Cup night.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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