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    Another crack at Grand Circuit on the cards Another crack at Grand Circuit on the cards

    SAN CARLO

    OVERRATED (trainer’s choice of word) pacer San Carlo will be given another opportunity to make his mark on the Grand Circuit this season. Although he has... Another crack at Grand Circuit on the cards

    OVERRATED (trainer’s choice of word) pacer San Carlo will be given another opportunity to make his mark on the Grand Circuit this season.

    Although he has proven successful at Group Two and Three level – such as yesterday’s Warragul Cup – San Carlo has been found wanting when stepping up to the ‘big time’.

    Despite San Carlo’s short comings, self-admitting over-confident trainer Stephen O’Donoghue is planning to head interstate with the eight-year-old.

    O’Donoghue has set his sights on the Queensland Winter Carnival in July, with his targets including The Blacks A Fake which doubles as the final leg of the Grand Circuit.

    O’Donoghue is also considering the Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle on June 30.

    “A couple of weeks ago I was 50-50 on whether I’d take him interstate, but after his win at Warragul he will now be aimed at Queensland,” O’Donoghue said.

    “The Len Smith Mile is also an option I am still thinking about on the way to Queensland.

    “I will give him about three weeks off now then get him ready for those races.”

    Driven by Rebecca Bartley during his latest win, San Carlo began quickly to lead from barrier six as the field raced in “Indian file’.

    Never seriously challenged, the gelding completed a three-and-a-half metre win from Tough Call, with Motu Gatecrasher head away third.

    “It was good to get the Easter chocolates,” O’Donoghue said. “He basically pulled himself to the front and then just kept going.

    “He just always runs his usual good race and his record shows that. I can’t say he’s ever put in a bad run.”

    Rating 1:58.3 over 2627 metres, the son of Mach Three stretched his record to 28 wins and nine placings from 48 starts for earnings of $468,348.

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