A standout performer for Paul Messara over the 2014 Spring Carnival, talented three-year-old Panzer Division is reportedly in exceptional condition ahead of his racing return in Saturday’s featured Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Stamping his claims as a serious contender over his maiden campaign in spring, Panzer Division has not been seen at the races since finishing fifth in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 11th, having followed up an impressive run for fifth amongst open company in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 20th.
Understandably pleased with his short racing career so far, Messara told The Daily Telegraph he believes the Redoute’s Choice colt is better on top of the ground, but does not believe he will be hindered on a likely-to-be damp track at Rosehill on Saturday.
“I think he is better on top of the ground by he does handle the wet pretty well,” Messara said.
“He’s had a good spell and returned in great order. I’m looking forward to getting him back to the races.”
A proven performer at the class previously, Messara is confident Panzer Division is more than capable of returning to the winner’s circle first-up in the 2015 Expressway Stakes.
“He was beaten a little over two lengths in the George Main and it was only the fourth run of his career,” he added.
Performing well in two strong barrier trials prior to his competitive debut, Panzer Division displayed an exceptional turn of foot late to take out the Gold Label Thoroughbreds Maiden (1200m) on July 19th.
Finishing an agonizingly-close second to stable mate Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on August 23rd, the colt out of Desert Flight broke through for a maiden black type victory when beating the likes of subsequent Group 1 champion Shooting To Win to the line in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) in his only other start prior to the George Main Stakes.
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