Spretyon trainer Barry Campbell is set to back-up his smart two-year-old Siorca on Hobart Cup Day next month in the 2015 Elwick Stakes after he retained he went back-to-back with a Launceston win on Wednesday night.
The Sharkbite gelding has now won two of his five career starts, the well-tried juvenile having broken his maiden status last time out with a big two and a half-length effort over 1100m at Launceston on New Year’s Eve.
He returned to the same track and distance last night then and was able to post another win, regular rider Brendon McCoull in the saddle again in the $30,000 Ensign Lodge 2YO Alfa Bowl (1100m).
Last time out he did it easy but this time he had to survive a protest from runner-up, odds-on $1.90 favourite Gee Gees Top Notch.
The top fancy’s hoop Rhonda Mangan’s protest over supposed interference 250m from home was dismissed within 15 minutes by the stewards however and Siorca ($2.10) retained his quarter-length win in the set weights clash where The Master Speed ($19.40) ran third one and a half lengths off the winner.
McCoull and Siorca were posted three-wide with no cover throughout most of Wednesday evening’s race but the horse was too good for his rivals in the end.
“He won well, even though it was a small field he did the work,” Campbell told the media after the win.
“He was three-wide without cover.
“Yeah, really good win.
“And the filly tonight (Gee Gees Top Notch) she was good. I don’t think there’s a lot between them.”
Last Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival Campbell dominated the two-year-old races with his son of Mossman Admiral.
An emphatic last start winner of the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) by three lengths this January, 12 months ago Admiral won the Alfa Bowl before backing up for two stakes victories claiming the Elwick Stakes – Gold Sovereign Stakes double.
Now Campbell, who also won the double in 2013 with Grand Tycoon, is eyeing the same two summer targets for the also promising Siorca who well likely next race in the $100,000 Listed Elwick Stakes (1100m) at Hobart Racecourse on February 1.
From there, all going to plan, it will be into the $100,000 Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m) on Launceston Cup Day on February 25 three weeks later as he looks to emulate his star stablemate.
“Admiral won this race last year and Grand Tycoon won it the year before and they went on and won the next two so there’s no reason he can’t do it,” Campbell said.
The horse will spend just under a week in the paddock between now and the Elwick Stakes, with long term plans to give him another freshen-up after the Gold Sovereign before possibly coming back for the $50,000 Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Launceston in May.
“He’ll probably have four or five days on the grass that’s all, we’ve got time,” Campbell said.
“That’s what we’ve done with the others and they’re only two once. They can earn a lot of money at two if they’re good enough.”
Admiral won the Sires’ Produce last winter by three and a half lengths carrying 60kg second-up off a win at Hobart a fortnight earlier.
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