Wheels Fall off Snowden’s QTC Cup Bid but Sincero Still on Track

While premier Sydney trainer Peter Snowden has a stranglehold over the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm this weekend thanks to his in-form two-year-olds Benfica and Free Wheeling, he will be without a representative in the QTC Cup with Pinwheel an early scratching from the feature.

Sincero

Sincero seeks their seventh straight win in the QTC Cup on Saturday

One of the eight top showdowns on the Queensland Oaks Day card this Saturday, the $175,000 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) originally attracted a capacity field of 16 starters plus five emergencies.

Snowden, however, has pulled the pin on his Lonhro five-year-old Pinwheel contesting the race.

Most recently finishing a game third to Lone Rock in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville, Pinwheel was the 58kg top-weight of the QTC Cup field.

After the consistent sprinter came up with a horror barrier 20 draw, Snowden was quick to remove Pinwheel from the race.

The big winner in the QTC Cup barrier draw was short-priced favourite Sincero who will get all the luck from the inside alley.

Stephen Farley’s gun three-year-old Umatilla gelding from Wyong is seeking their seventh consecutive win having dominated in all of their races since November of last year.

Most recently Sincero has enjoyed back-to-back wins this year taking out the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) by an impressive five lengths back on Anzac Day.

Last start they were the easy winner of the $250,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas (1600m) on May 14 and this scintillating form has also seen Sincero installed as the early favourite to win the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) Saturday week.

After the first acceptors for the Stradbroke were taken on Wednesday morning, Sincero is still not yet assured of a start sitting 19th on the order of entry.

Sincero is set to arrive in Brisbane on Thursday ahead of their debut Queensland run in the QTC Cup and trainer Farley could not be happier with their current condition, form and fitness having given them a demanding workout at home last Saturday morning.

“He worked as good as I’ve ever seen him,” Farley said.

“He looks right on top of his game.

“He has really thrived and looks in great order.”

Although bordering on a Stradbroke start, winning the QTC Cup and the accompanying Stradbroke exemption may not be needed if a handful of horses higher up the ballot for Queensland’s premier sprint do not accept next week.

“He still has to be competitive to warrant a run in the Stradbroke,” Farley said.

“This (the QTC Cup) will be his first time racing in top Group company.

“He will need to step up another gear.”

On Saturday Sincero will partner with Sydney jockey Tim Clark for the first time and is ideally weighted with 52.5kg.

“He won’t know himself with that weight,” Farley said.

This is a substantial drop back in weight from what Sincero has carried to victory recently, the galloper able to perform with up to 60.5kg on their back, and the reason for the jockey change with regular rider Chris O’Brien too heavy to take the QTC Cup mount.

If Sincero does go on to earn a spot in the Stradbroke Handicap field, ace hoop Glen Boss will apply for a temporary leave from his riding commitments in Singapore to return down under for the ride.

“Glen (Boss) is currently riding in Singapore and it didn’t work out (for him to ride in the QTC Cup), he had commitments this weekend,” Farley said.

“If the horse makes the Stradbroke, Glen has said he’ll be more than happy to ride him.”

In other QTC Cup news, Victorian horseman Tony Noonan has decided to start his Redoute’s Choice mare Varenna Miss in the race giving her a shot of making the Stradbroke field.

A winner over 1200m at Doomben a fortnight ago, Varenna Miss was also accepted for the $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, but was the third emergency and drawn in gate 22.

She is rated a $31 roughie for the Stradbroke Handicap.

2011 QTC Cup Final Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 265X124133 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 20 58kg
2 X18X1727X0 RIGHTFULLY YOURS Mick Price Jim Byrne 15 56.5kg
3 31120X5720 KENNY’S WORLD Graeme Murray Corey Brown 16 56kg
4 409X04368X PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Shane Scriven 13 56kg
5 22913651X1 MOTSPUR Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 10 55.5kg
6 112X4X7585 KING PULSE Michael Moroney Ms Lisa Cropp 5 54.5kg
7 912260425X HUME (NZ) Brian Smith Ric McMahon 4 54kg
8 3X11X12491 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 18 53.5kg
9 X11228X282 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan Larry Cassidy 19 53kg
10 X2X1111X11 SINCERO Stephen Farley Tim Clark 1 52.5kg
11 1X14421X11 CURTANA Peter G Moody Stephen Baster 14 52kg
12 10X630X018 MILITARY ROSE Gillian Heinrich 7 52kg
13 0X833X1444 ZINGALING Kris Lees 17 52kg
14 0040X610X8 DEER VALLEY Steele Ryan Jason Maskiell 3 52kg
15 X11111X674 MEET GEORGE Brian Smith 8 52kg
16 13112X441 FALINO Jeffrey Caught Chris Munce 11 52kg
17e 1X5232X701 BLAZING HEARTS Danny J Bougoure 6 52kg
18e 6X479130X8 DALZAR Doug Duryea 9 52kg
19e 470X1244X2 TIERQUALO Kelly Doughty Matthew Palmer 2 52kg
20e 8X21112X34 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly 21 52kg
21e X11014X950 OUTSTANDINGLY Robert Heathcote 12 52kg