Sincero Could Miss 2011 Epsom Handicap

August 30th, 2011

Sincero will have his second start of the new season this weekend at Randwick and his performance there will be a long way to determining whether or not he lines up in the 2011 Epsom handicap.

While Sincero is the early favourite for the 2011 Epsom Handicap there is another option on the table for connections should they decide to venture out of Sydney.

They are currently toying with the idea of an early trip to Melbourne and it contest the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

Given that the long range goal of Sincero is the 2011Cox Plate at Moonee Valley it would be understandable to arrive in Victoria earlier if possible.

His path will be determined this weekend when he contests the Tramway Stakes, his first run since winning the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.

Trainer Stephen Farley was giving nothing away as to whether he was leaning towards the Epsom Handicap or the Melbourne trip.
“A lot will depend on how he performs on Saturday and how he pulls up,” Farley said.

“There are a few options, we can stay for the Epsom and then go to Melbourne and back up a week later and then it is a fortnight in to the Cox Plate.

“Or we can head to Melbourne after Saturday and run in the Underwood Stakes. He has got to be very competitive to warrant a trip to Melbourne straight away.”

From the sounds of that for Sincero missing the Epsom would only be a possibility should he win the Tramway or finish in the top three.

Tasked with getting him that win is regular rider Chris O’Brien who enjoyed the same incredible journey to success last season.

O’Brien was with Sincero as he embarked on a six race winning streak leading up to the QTC Cup.

That was where  his association ended though, the light weights allocated to Sincero forcing O’Brien off his back.

It was bitter sweet for O’Brien to watch on as Sincero first flopped to finish 11th in the QTC Cup and then bounce back to win the Stradbroke Handicap.

He will once again be the first choice jockey throughout his spring program however a lot will depend on handicapping as to whether or not he’ll be able to follow the horse throughout the entire campaign.