Sincero backed up his impressive Stradbroke Handicap winning form to win the Group 1 George Main Stakes 2011 at Rosehill Racecourse last Saturday.
The four-year-old gelding continued the winning streak that saw him win the Group 3 Tramway Handicap by a nose first-up at Warwick Farm.
It was the first Group 1 win for jockey Chris O’Brien, who had to give up his ride aboard Sincero in the Stradbroke Handicap because he was unable to make the 50.5 kilogram weight.
“Relief, finally,” O’Brien said after the win.
“It’s been a long wait.
“I missed a couple (of Group One wins) through injury and it’s nice to finally get one.
“He was a bit flat there when they sprinted but when the other one (Ilovethiscity) went past me and put a neck on him he pinned his ears back and said ‘let’s get into it’. He loves a fight.”
Trainer Stephen Farley was equally overwhelmed with the Umatilla gelding’s impressive horse racing performance.
“He’s nearly getting to freak status,” Farley said.
“They just don’t win 11 from 15. He just knows how to win.
“Chris doesn’t panic and he just loves this horse.
“Nothing went to the game plan and I’d said to him, ‘if you’re stuck out there just relax, don’t panic’ and he did relax.
“I thought we were going to run a nice second but he just doesn’t give up this horse.”
Sincero was purchased for just $8,000 at the Sydney Classic Yearling Sale and has now earned close to $1.4 million in prize money.
Grahame Begg’s Ilovethiscity finished second to Sincero in the 2011 George Main Stakes.
“He ran well, he probably got flushed out a bit earlier than I would have liked,” Begg said.
“It’s no disgrace being beaten by that horse.”
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2011 George Main Stakes Results
|1||5||SINCERO||Stephen Farley||Chris O’Brien||–||8||58.5kg||$2.15F|
|2||6||ILOVETHISCITY||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||0.3L||6||58.5kg||$4.60|
|3||3||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||1.1L||1||59kg||$8.50|
|4||1||BLACK PIRANHA||Con Karakatsanis||Matthew Palmer||3.3L||3||59kg||$19|
|5||4||ZARA DANCER (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||Nathan Berry||6.5L||5||59kg||$101|
|6||2||GATHERING||John P Thompson||Joao Moreira||7.3L||2||59kg||$11|
|7||8||DO RA MI (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Glyn Schofield||8L||7||56.5kg||$14|
|8||7||SACRED CHOICE||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||10.8L||4||57kg||$9|