Sircconi searching for ideal trip
A week after tackling 2,000 metres for the first time, Sircconi will drop back to 1,600 metres when he lines up in the Listed Winter Championship Final at Flemington on Saturday.
Sircconi, whose career highlight came at Flemington in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes in 2017, pleased Nick Ryan with his first attempt at a middle distance when finishing second at Caulfield last weekend.
"He was very brave the other day at his first try at the trip, but he did have a bit in his favour," Ryan said. "He got a nice run in front, the rail was out 12 metres and the track was favouring on-pace runners, but in saying that, he was terrific.
"They say coming back in trip, being rock-hard fit and racing on speed, it's a good recipe. Hopefully they're right."
Before his last start, the furthest trip Sircconi had contested was 1600 metres and Ryan said the gelding’s previous trainer, Peter Morgan, had always wanted to step him out over further but minor injuries had prevented that.
"He has never been sound enough to go deep enough into a prep to get up to that distance," Ryan said.
"But he's probably going the best he has gone, certainly with me it is.
"He's a happy horse at the moment, very sound, and has not got too many issues at the moment, touch wood."
Sircconi is well overdue for a win, having seven starts this year including finishing third in the Group 3 Anniversary Cup and second at his last two outings.
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