Sincero notched up win number 10 on the weekend in the Tramway Handicap overcoming a big 58kg weight to prove he’s back just as good as ever for a spring carnival campaign.
Sincero is on the road to the Cox Plate with the 2011 Epsom Handicap likely to be used as a high quality lead in event.
He’s already a Group 1 champion after winning the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane last year so the lure of one if not two more Group 1’s is a remarkable thought.
Even more remarkable is the fact the horse cost a tiny $8000 when he was first purchased by a syndicate of owners in the Sutherland Shire.
Now days the four year old is valued in a price range nearing $1.5 million.
There were no obvious signs of greatness that the owners saw that everybody else missed either, he was purchased on the back of sentimental reasons as syndicate manager Greg De Vries explains.
‘‘Sincero is the younger brother of Zarzeus (son of Umatilla), which was a handy two-year-old and which won a few races before struggling a bit since,’’ De Vries said.
‘‘We’ve since become close to the breeder Roger Gorham.’’
After showing a bit of promise on the country circuit a few started to take notice and the syndicate reached 10 members including Cronulla Sharks director and former player Paul Walker.
‘‘There was no problem finding blokes from the shire to join the syndicate … and to think this Sincero cost next to nothing!,” Walker said.
Offers were already at the $1 million mark before the horse reached the Brisbane winter carnival but the owners persisted with racing him, a fantastic move as at start 13 he bounced back from a QTC Cup defeat to win the Stradbroke Handicap.
It was the first Group 1 victory for trainer Stephen Farley as well and you can bet now he has a taste it’s something he’ll be coming back for more of.
He’s the favourite to pick up a second one in Sydney in only a matter of weeks as he tops the betting for the 2011 Epsom Handicap.
Last weekend’s win has only strengthened that position as he fields a flood of money in the early markets.
While that win was across a 1400m journey, the same as the Stradbroke, Farley is confident he can not only get the 1600m of the Epsom Handicap but also out to 10 furlongs for the Cox Plate.
‘‘Sincero has improved physically, rounded up across the back and thickened up in the shoulders, and has matured,’’ Farley said.
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