Stephen Farley’s dual Group 1 winner Sincero is set to return to racing with a title defense in the $350,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the end of August before a possible shot at the Emirates Stakes 2013 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Umatilla gelding first made a real name for themselves during the winter of 2011 winning the Gosford Guineas by five lengths in their first-up run.
They continued all the way to Eagle Farm to take out the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in a tight finish with Peter Snowden’s mare Beaded, not a bad effort for an $8,000 bargain buy from the 2009 William Inglis and Son Classic Yearling Sales.
It didn’t end there for the fairytale galloper either, Sincero going to Sydney and then Melbourne that spring enjoying another elite level success in the George Main Stakes over the 1500m at Rosehill.
Their subsequent season on the track posted mixed results with highlights including their fourth to More Joyous in the 2012 Doncaster Mile.
Last spring though was much better for the five-year-old starting with their two length victory upon resuming at Caulfield in the Memsie Stakes which has been elevated to Group 1 status this year.
They would also go onto to post another Group 1 minor place when third, beaten under a length, to Ocean Park in the Caulfield Stakes over 2000m.
Sincero hasn’t run since their disappointing ninth to Ocean Park in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last October, where they suffered a strained sesamoid, but is nearing their new season return set to trial at Rosehill on August 5.
“While it was only a slight strain there was no need to rush a horse like him back,” he said.
“I had three different vets look at him and they gave me three different recovery times and I went with the longest one which was five months off.
“At this stage everything is fine and if everything continues to go well he’ll have his first trial at Rosehill on August 5.”
Farley has confirmed they will kick things off in the 2013 Memsie Stakes again at Caulfield on August 31 where they will face off with Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup fancy Fiorente and named up to four Group 1 races for them to run in between then and the end of their prep.
“We’d then look to give him a trial over a little bit further, maybe 1000 or 1200 metres on around August 16 before heading to the Memsie,” he said.
While the horse’s performance will determine exactly where they go he’s hoping Sincero can stay in form and make it to the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) t Flemington Racecourse on November 9.
“He could have a couple of runs earlier in the spring and then maybe a couple of runs later in the spring, we’ve just got to weigh up how everything is going,” Farley said.
“We haven’t got too far ahead of ourselves, the Memsie is the ideal starting point and we still haven’t decided if we’ll come back to Sydney for the George Main Stakes for his second up run.”
The $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) runs at Royal Randwick on September 21.
“The other race we have in mind for him is the Emirates Stakes and then if everything was going well we may even go across to Western Australia for the Railway Stakes,” Farley said.
One of the headline races of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) takes place at Ascot Racecourse on November 16, a week after the Emirates in Melbourne.
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