A trouble free preparation has lifted the confidence of trainer Steve Farley for his Group 1 winner Sincero heading into the Group 2 $220,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield tomorrow.
Farley is expecting Sincero to figure in the finish of the Memsie at his first start for the Spring after pleasing the Wyong trainer with a solid Rosehill barrier trial win before travelling to Melbourne.
“He’ll sprint well fresh, he’s in great order this preparation, he’s had a good spell and he’s come back very well,” Farley said.
“He’s a lot older and more mature so we are pretty confident going down there.”
Farley has changed tact this year and has brought Sincero straight to Melbourne this Spring and decided to bypass the Sydney Carnival to familiarize the five year old with the anti-clockwise direction.
Last year Sincero kicked off the Spring in Sydney, heading south after a tough run when eighth in the Group 1 $500,000 Racingnetwork.com.au Epsom (1600m) at Randwick on October 1 and never really felt comfortable the Melbourne way of going.
Sincero followed a fifth in the Group 1 $400,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 8 with a struggling ninth to Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 $3m Tatts Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley two weeks later.
“The reason I wanted to give him more runs down there is to get him on the right leg and get him used to it,” Farley said.
“You can do it all at home but under race pressure it is different.”
“To be happy going forward into the Spring he needs to be competitive and the only downfall would be the weather.”
Sincero rose to the top level taking out the 2011 Group 1 $1m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm and collected his second Group 1 victory taking out the Group 1 $350,000 George Main Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in the Spring.
The Umatilla gelding failed to win in the Autumn but Farley wasn’t at all disappointed with his results, including a fourth to More Joyous in the Group 1 $2m BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 21.
“He had tough runs and he did a great job to finish where he did in that company,” Farley said.
“This horse shouldn’t have been doing anything until he was a late four year old on his breeding. What he has done up until now has been a bonus, Umatillas generally get better as they get older and this should be his preparation.”
Big race jockey Michael Rodd will be having his first ride on Sincero, the fourth rider to be aboard the five year old since regular rider Chris O’Brien was replaced at the end of the Spring last year.
The dual Group 1 winner is currently the $4 favourite for the Memsie, just ahead of Western Australian galloper Luckygray at $4.40 and Rekindled Interest at $6.50.
Trainer Gino Poletti is pleased to be getting a firmer track after Luckygray wasn’t comfortable in the heavy when fourth first up in the Group 2 $220,000 Back To Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.
“I was pretty happy with the way he handled the wet going actually, he went pretty well I thought and the main thing is he has pulled up well,” Poletti said.
“With these Group horses you have to have them pretty spot on when you are only having a few runs. He’s about right where he should be.”