Siorca in 2015 Elwick Stakes Test in Tasmania

Two black-type Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival assignments starting with next month’s Elwick Stakes 2015 could be on the cards for Siorca if the Barry Campbell-trained youngster can win at Launceston on Wednesday night.

Campbell enjoyed success last Sunday in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) at Hobart with his now possible 2015 Australian Guineas hopeful, former top juvenile Admiral and will be out to keep the good times rolling tomorrow night.

Run at Tasmania’s other premier track the $30,000 Ensign Lodge 2YO Alfa Bowl (1100m) sees the Spreyton-based horseman saddle-up his last start winning Sharkbite gelding Siorca.

The two-year-old is one of seven juveniles in the set weights race that will have a major impact on which youngster will start favourite at for two upcoming stakes races.

The first of those is the $100,000 Listed Elwick 2YO Stakes (1100m) at Hobart Racecourse on February 1, Hobart Cup Day, followed Launceston’s $100,000 Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m).

Campbell is looking at both races for the progressive Siorca who broke his maiden status at his fourth start on New Year’s Eve when beating Geegees Double Jo in the $14,000 Charlie Blyth Memorial (1100m) by two and a half lengths with Brendon McCoull in the saddle.

McCoull, who also won the Tasmanian Guineas over the weekend with Admiral, has been aboard the horse for all of his starts to date and retains the ride on Wednesday where they will jump from gate six.

The biggest threat in the race is drawn in barrier three for apprentice hoop Rhonda Mangan, the John Luttrell-trained Wordsmith filly Gee Gees Top Notch coming off back-to-back Hobart wins over 900m and 1000m respectively.

The in-form filly from Brighton is set to start deserving favourite in tomorrow evening’s race with both of her recent wins seeing her beat home Siorca who ran second in the November 30 sprint and third on December 19 before his Launceston win.

Campbell though is confident his horse can turn the table as the two face off over 1100m for the first time.

“Siorca is a tough little two-year-old that thrives on racing and the further he goes the more he likes it,” Campbell told TasRacing after the Launceston win two weeks ago.

“This horse will go on and contest the two main features – the Elwick Stakes and Gold Sovereign and I expect him to be very competitive.”

There is lots to like about the horse according to Campbell who made the right decision in putting the blinkers on for the first time in on December 31.

“He sticks pretty good,” Campbell told Sky Racing when asked what Siorca’s biggest assets were.

“Good eater, good doer, cops the work so I’d imagine he’d get right through until the end of February all going well.”

Typical of one of Campbell’s juveniles Siorca had plenty of on-track experience before his debut on November 16 to prepare him for what was to come under official race conditions.

“He had a lot of preps, he probably had about three preps before we went to the races so it’s not all that hard for him now, he doesn’t worry about too much.”

Campbell credits this technique to his success of young horses that is again proving to be the case with Siorca this summer.

“We give them a lot of preps and put a little bit more pressure on them each prep and it seems to work for us anyway.”

As for whether this horse is as good as Admiral, who won the Elwick Stakes – Gold Sovereign Stakes double last year before coming back to win four of his five runs since including the Guineas, Campbell doesn’t think so at this stage.

“I don’t think so,” he said.

“The year before we had Grand Tycoon and then the following year we had Admiral but I don’t think this bunch (of two-year-olds) is quite as good but they mightn’t have to be either, you don’t know.

“They mightn’t be as strong this year, you don’t know.”

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