A DROP in class is expected to result in an easy win for Sicario at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Having finished third in last week’s Group Two Renshaw Cup against a host field of metropolitan rivals, Sicario returns to country-front opponents this time around.
Winner of his heat a fortnight ago the rising star is engaged in the $50,000 Carousel Final for Victorian trainer Brent Lilley.
Rapt with the four-year-old’s form, Lilley is positive Sicario can add the feature to his impressive tally of 14 wins and eight placings from 31 starts for earnings of $308,390.
“He won his heat well and did a top job in the Renshaw,” Lilley said. “Luke (McCarthy) has been looking after him up there and is very happy with the way he has come through the run.
“This is a drop in class on last week so he gets his chance to pick up another nice race.”
To be driven by McCarthy, Sicario will begin from barrier six, with son of Somebeachsomewhere a short-priced favourite.
“He drew as good as possible given the preferential conditions,” Lilley said. “I can’t see any reason the draw will be a problem.”
Sicario is one of three Australian Pacing Gold purchases in the field, with Make Mine Memphis and True Confessions also coming through the sales.
Successful at his last three starts, including his heat, Make Mine Memphis is among Sicario’s main dangers from barrier two.
True Confessions, which won a Penrith heat last week, will require luck from gate eight.
“It is a field with plenty of form and some promising horses coming through the grades,” Lilley said.
To be given a short break after his weekend appearance, Sicario will then be aimed at the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge, which concludes with a $100,000 Final in Menangle on June 30.