Kicking off new season with a bang!

Aug 02, 2013

Having seen off the 2012/13 season with a winner it was great to kick off the new one with another - the stable cheering on The Sicilian to victory in the very first race for 2013/14.

Having only his third start, the promising five-year-old appreciated a step up in distance - over 1728m storming away by an impressive 2½ lengths.

Settling a clear last early, The Sicilian tacked on at the 900m - from there working forward out wide before striking interference at the 600m and losing his balance.

He quickly found his momentum again however, looming up ominously four wide at the turn before racing away.

A horse who has shown improvement at each outing - fifth at debut and third second up, The Sicilian may have even broken his maiden at his previous outing if not for finding early trouble.

"He knuckled at the start," Michael Kent said, "and just got too far back."

Describing The Sicilian as a "good old-fashioned New Zealand stayer," Kent has plenty of time for the son of Don Eduardo (pictured), saying that "I think he is a horse that will get somewhere someday."

Jockey Craig Newitt was also impressed - "he probably got to the lead a bit quickly," he said - "and he floated quite a bit down the straight."

"So I would think he has a fair bit of upside to him."

An NZ $26,000 purchase, The Sicilian is raced by Kerry Good, Mark Casey, Sean Duke, Douglas Mclennan, Andrew Wade, Jane Kadlckova, Janine Casey, Tabitha Tauschek and Mike Tauschek.