Sincero’s win in the Stradbroke Handicap proved his quality as one of the strongest middle distance runners Australia has to offer.
While the Stradbroke is a 1400m race the speed he showed late to take the lead away from one of the gutsiest horses around in Beaded proved his genuine ability up to a mile.
He’s never run further than a mile, but he has twice prevailed over 1600m.
Now though on the back of his Stradbroke performance Sincero is to be stepped up in distance going into the spring carnival later in the year.
While the Cox Plate is well within his reach jockey Jason Taylor thinks he could even go as far as the 2400m Caulfield Cup.
It’s a thought process he had even before the Stradbroke Handicap victory.
“I rode him for the first time in a gallop on Wednesday morning and I said to Steve (Farley) when I jumped off that he gave me the feel of a 2000-metre horse,” Taylor said.
“The blinkers fired him up and that’s what we needed on Saturday.
“But I think without blinkers he would relax and get into a good rhythm and easily get over 2000 metres and maybe even further.”
His pedigree doesn’t offer a lot of confirmation either way with wins from the shortest sprint events right up to two miles.
His sire Umatilla had a win range which stopped at the 1200m.
Despite this two of Sincero’s half siblings have won across the 3200m trip, Bohemiath in the Adelaide Cup and Streak in the Sydney Cup.
On his dam’s side Yours As Always placed four times in five runs up to a maximum of 1200m as well.
There have been six winners to date from her eight foals but none at city level (other than Sincero) and once again most falling into the 1200m or less range.
Jason Taylor acknowledges that he couldn’t have asked for an easier run in the Stradbroke and Sincero didn’t have a lot of work to do.
He had earlier determined that there may not have been a lot of pace in the field and he was right, his decision to sit in a more forwards position paying dividends.
“I decided to be a little bit positive early but not fire him up too much with the blinkers on first time,” Taylor said.
“I was surprised at how easily he got into a handy spot and then when I found the back of Beaded I really started to get confident.”
Sincero is now spelling ahead of a spring campaign but after a relatively light year so far he’s going to the paddock with plenty left in the tank.
He had just the three runs leading into the Stradbroke and it’s a case of keeping him healthy rather than making any drastic changes.