Steve Farley was a consistent performer around the provincial circuit of New South Wales coming into this year, he had a handy team of horses and clocked up regular winners.
He’d be the first to admit though he needed that real flagship horse to take him to the next level and not just win in the city but win against the best.
He found just the horse in the form of Sincero, a runner that went unbeaten when moving up the grades before eventually claiming the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.
It was a breakthrough win for the horse but also a win that turned the spotlight on Farley’s Wyong stables generating plenty of interest.
That interest continued to build after Sincero won the George Main Stakes and even after failing during the Melbourne autumn life is good for Farley.
“The stable is filled up and there are horses everywhere,” he said.
“I’ve got 26 in work. I usually have between 20 and 25 so the numbers at the stable are about the same.
“It’s just that I’ve got more on the books and as soon as something goes out, something else comes in.
“I’ve got quite a few young ones coming along and they are being educated and are in and out.
“It’s busy but it’s good.”
He’ll be hoping to cash in on his new influx of horses but also hasn’t forgotten about the runner that got him there.
Farley is convinced Sincero can run out a strong 2000m and 2012 will be all about proving that point.
“There’s nothing concrete yet,” Farley said.
“We’d like to go to Brisbane again. He’ll be aimed at the Doomben 10,000 and then we might have another crack at the Stradbroke depending on what weight he gets or maybe the Doomben Cup.
“I’d like to take him back to Melbourne.
“He didn’t have a lot of luck but I still think he can run a strong 2000 metres.
“He was stiff not to be closer in the Cox Plate and I think that was his best run down there.”
Sincero rattled home for ninth in the Cox Plate, a performance that could have been better were he not galloped on however the fact remains he’s still yet to fire at the trip despite multiple attempts.