More Stakes Success for Sircconi
Winner of the Group II VRC Sires Produce Stakes as a juvenile, Nicconi gelding Sircconi is still going strong as a five year-old scoring a resounding four length victory at Flemington on Saturday in the Listed VRC Winter Championship Final (1600m).
Now trained by Nick Ryan, Sircconi has been steadily working into form over the winter and relished the seven day back-up from a good second last week to win as he pleased under Daniel Stackhouse.
“We’ve been dying to back this horse up and things haven’t gone right here and there,” Ryan said.
“But we got him here today in terrific order.
“… the back-up really worked and that was a dominant win.”
Sircconi gave Ryan, who won a Melbourne jockeys’ premiership as an apprentice in 2004-05, his first stakes-winner as a trainer.
“I thought he was a top-three hope,” Ryan said.
“I was very confident I brought him here today in really good order. For him to come out and do that, it’s just great to see.
“Mahamadeis has won a few country cups but that is my first stakes winner. To win like that, that was massive.”
Sircconi was an $80,000 Inglis Classic purchase for his original trainer Peter Morgan from the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft and was a successful pinhook having been bought first at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $25,000.
He has the overall record of four wins and nine placings from 28 starts with prizemoney topping $550,000.
Bred by Access Bloodstock, Sircconi is the second winner from Kiwi bred mare On Credit, who comes from a stout New Zealand family as her grand-dam is Group III winning Noble Bijou (USA) mare The Dimple.
It’s the family of Group I winner Irish Chance, The Jewel and La Bella Diosa.
On Credit was bought by Rosemont Stud at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year for $100,000 and had a filly by Capitalist for them and was then covered by Nicconi, who covered 113 mares last year at his biggest ever fee of $38,500.
Widden Stud’s Nicconi has had a great season with his world class sprinter Nature Strip the flagbearer and Sircconi his sixth individual stakes-winner since August 1.
Nicconi stands this spring at a fee of $27,500.