A plan hatched several months ago has come to fruition with Siorca winning the Tasmanian Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
It was always the target for trainer Barry Campbell after his Sharkbite youngster was a fast-finishing second in the LR Gold Sovereign Stakes (1200m) in February. “I told Brendon (McCoull) at the time that this horse would win the Sires,” he said to The Examiner. “He’s had 1400m stamped all over him from the day he started racing.”
Siorca defeated star filly Gee Gee Top Notch in their latest rematch by a half-neck. Campbell bought him at Aceland Stud’s dispersal sale in November 2013 and later sold shares to former Tasmanian Turf Club chairman Margot Smart and course photographer Bill Hayes.
The gelding is from a NZ bred mare Chrome Magic who won her maiden over 2000m on a Heavy 9 at Mornington. She hails from the family of Kiwi Group 1 champion Zonda and her latest foal is a rising 2yo colt by Bianconi.
Sharkbite is a son of Redoute’s Choice and is a brother to G3 Up & Coming Stakes winner Scissor Kick. They are members of the outstanding Hasili family that has produced a generation of champions for Juddmonte Farms.
Eliza Park International will stand Sharkbite for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee this year.