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    “HE’S done everything we have asked of him so far, but this will test him.” That’s how astute horseman Gary Quinlan assessed Sahara Sirocco’s... Undefeated status at risk

    “HE’S done everything we have asked of him so far, but this will test him.”

    That’s how astute horseman Gary Quinlan assessed Sahara Sirocco’s prospects ahead of Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton program.

    Unbeaten from three starts this season, Sahara Sirocco is poised to contest the Victoria Sires’ Classic, which has attracted a talented field of three-year-olds.

    Quinlan co-trains his team with his wife Debbie.

    “We are very happy with the way he has come back,” Quinlan said. “He did well as a two-year-old but has matured into a racehorse this time in.

    “He was given a good break after the Breeders’ Crown Final in August and has benefitted from that time off.

    “He’s done everything we have asked of him so far, but this will test him.”

    Sahara Sirocco’s chances were bolstered by the draw, with the son of Courage Under Fire to begin from barrier four.

    Premier reinsman Chris Alford will partner the colt.

    “The draw gives us options,” Quinlan said. “He should be able to hold his position from there and hopefully settle into a good position early.”

    Citing Pacifico Dream as the one to beat, Quinlan believes the Group Three is a “pretty open race”.

    A last start fourth in the New South Wales Derby at Club Menangle a fortnight ago, Pacifico Dream has drawn to find the front from barrier three.

    “Pacifico Dream is likely to roll to the front from there which makes him the one to beat,” Quinlan said. “It’s a pretty open race though and quite a few have realistic claims.”

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