The Championships Likely for VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Winner Sircconi

By: Jared Timms
March 11th, 2017

Sircconi has led from start to finish to win the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this afternoon.

Sircconi led from start to finish to win the Group 2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sircconi led from start to finish to win the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Sircconi returned to the races for a close second in the Moorookyle Park Stud Handicap (1300m) on February 22nd and jockey Lynda Meech elected to stay true to the first-up formula and immediately lead the colt to the front of the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes field.

Setting a good tempo for the classy field of two-year-olds alongside the likes of Aspect and Feng Chu, the Nicconi colt hugged the rails rounding into the final straight and maintained his high cruising speed; withstanding a late charge from Aspect to win in a photo.

Meech delivered a perfectly-timed ride aboard Sircconi to win the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and was thrilled that the plan to lead paid off.

“He’s got no turn of foot, but was he does have is a high cruising speed and can sustain it for a long time,” Meech said after the race.

“He’s got the best attitude, he’s like an eight-year-old. He’s a beauty.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Pete and all his owners for sticking with me.”

Trainer Peter Morgan was thrilled with Sircconi’s performance to win the VRC Sires’ Porduce Stakes and revealed that the horse could travel to Sydney to contest the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

“It was a great ride,” Morgan said.

“The horse doesn’t have a turn of foot, but he gets it going pretty good.

“I said to Lynda not to wind it up too quickly, just wind it up slowly and we might get away with it.

“I think he’s a 2000m horse and I was a little bit worried today because he looked a little bit soft in the yard, but two-year-olds are a bit of a juggling act.

“He’s never had anything wrong with him and he’s still a colt, so I suppose that if there’s nothing wrong with him we may press on to Sydney.”

Race favourite Eshtiraak missed the start and never appeared a contender before finishing a lacklustre fifth.

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