Sincero trainer Stephen Farley has written off Saturday’s missed Doncaster start as a one-off and has all but confirmed the gelding as a starter in this weekend’s Group 1 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
“It was the first time in his life he has missed the start and unfortunately it came at the worst time,” Farley said.
The four-year-old produced a gallant effort to recover and finish fourth in a quality 19-horse field but it is impossible to say whether he could have matched eventual winner More Joyous.
He will get another chance to knock off the superstar mare this Saturday, with Farley suggesting he will line up against a high quality line up that will also include Manighar and Americain.
“Saturday will be a great race and it’s 99.9 per cent certain he will run,” Farley said.
A two-time victor at Group 1 level, Sincero is one of ten Group 1 winners included in the 12-horse nominations list for the $500,00 event.
The gelding has shown plenty of promise without scoring any place honours so far in 2012, running fourth in the Canterbury Stakes and fifth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes before the Doncaster.
Farley was philisophical about his 2012 results, suggesting it was a case of opposition rather than form as the catalyst for the lack of success.
“I think he’s going better this year than he was 12 months ago but he’s in the top level now,” Farley said.
“The three races he’s run in during the autumn have been three of the strongest races you’ll ever find and he’s produced each time.”
More Joyous and Manighar are the form horses heading into Saturday’s feature race, with both stars chasing fourth consecutive victories.
More Joyous has a chance to add another special win to her resume that boasts 18 victories from 25 starts, with the Doncaster winner running a distance she has only covered once when finishing fifth in the 2010 Cox Plate (2040m).
It would be especially impressive considering Manighar has already won twice at Group 1 level at the distance this year with victories in the Australian Cup and the Ranvet Stakes preceding a dominant win over 2400 metres in the BMW.
Other horses nominated include for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes include 2010 Doncaster winner Rangirangdoo, New Zealand star Jimmy Choux and the Grahame Begg-trained Secret Admirer.
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