Peter Sinclair and thoroughbred racing in the North West of NSW seemingly go hand-in-hand.
The popular Moree trainer frequents most tracks in the region, with his big team often enjoying well-deserved success.
Sinclair is also synonymous with The Golden Triangle – an annual series of three feature races held between Moree, Mallawa and Talmoi – with owners and trainers always doing their best each year to find that unique galloper that can win the Boolooroo Moree Cup, Mallawa Cup and Talmoi Cup.
Not many horses have won the Golden Triangle, and Sinclair prepared the most recent galloper that accomplished the rare feat back in 2014, with Tapakeg winning all three features for owners Dominic Neate and Pat Galvin.
Sinclair boasts another good chance of securing the Golden Triangle in 2022, after winning the Boolooroo Moree Picnic Cup late last month with Fiocchi.
Ridden by Ricky Blewitt, the locally owned galloper proved too strong for his rivals, winning by 0.74 of a length from the Natasha Hall-Antonio trained Hemsted (Leandro Ribeiro), while in third was the Geoff O’Brien-trained Vega De Lago (Wayne Wheatley).
“We were confident he would run a really good race at Moree,” Sinclair said.
“His run the start before at Moree on a TAB Day was a good run, and I expected him to finish in the top two and we are just happy he won the race.”
Following Fiocchi’s win, Sinclair expected that there would be talk of the Golden Triangle, but he wanted to keep a lid on the excitement ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Mallawa.
“Everyone talks about it and the person to win it at Moree is the only person that can win all three that year, so it’s definitely something we are aware of,” Sinclair said.
“Still, we will worry about this one at Mallawa first before we start getting too excited.”
Fiocchi has drawn gate six in Saturday’s Mallawa Picnic Cup, and Blewitt will again guide the three-year-old around in the $9000 feature.
Sinclair didn’t know how the Top Echelon gelding would handle the dirt at Mallawa, hinting he would either ‘love it or hate it’.
“He has never raced on a dirt track, and that is a new thing and I have learned in previous years that some horses like it and some don’t,” Sinclair said.
“Sometimes people like Rodney Robb, who’s horses are accustomed to running on the dirt, come up here and give us a bit of a touch up.
“With Fiocchi, we just won’t know until Saturday. He is a quirky bloke; he will either love it or hate it knowing him,” Sinclair laughed.
The Moree trainer is excited to have Fiocchi going around in the Mallawa feature, with the grey gelding boasting a good record of 12 starts for three wins and three placings.
The youngster was one of Sinclair’s yearling purchases, and he is living up to his unique name.
“Top Echelon is his father, which means the top of anything and Fiocchi is apparently a German ammunition name, which is the best made bullet in the world,” Sinclair said.
“I bought him as a yearling; we broke him in, educated him and he is going well for the syndicate.”
As far as Fiocchi being a horse capable of winning the Golden Triangle, Sinclair was backing his ability, but he said there would be two major factors that influenced his chances.
“He does strike me as the kind of horse that could do it, but it will come down to whether he can handle the dirt, and we have to deal with the handicapper if we come out and win on Saturday,” Sinclair said.
“We will have eight horses going around at Mallawa and it is always a good day,” Sinclair said.
“We always want to try and support Mallawa, Talmoi and Moree. They all do well to put those meetings on and everyone travels from everywhere to get there for the day.
“On Saturday, they will get people that come home to Mallawa, and it is important for those communities.”
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