Ace South Australian horseman Tony McEvoy has opted to run his late 2012 Caulfield Cup entry Sysmo at home in Adelaide this weekend instead of heading to Melbourne for the Slickpix Stakes where they would need a scratching to earn a run.
Four-year-old My Risk stallion Sysmo is a French import formerly prepared by Jean-Marie Beguine, the lightly-raced galloper having come over from Europe to be prepared by McEvoy at the start of the year with a record of one win from three starts in France.
McEvoy was very involved in providing the exact criteria for what his clients should be looking for when purchasing the international galloper, and after a lengthy exploration Sysmo turned out to be the one.
“All I really told our person was that we didn’t want a horse that was for sale,” McEvoy said.
“We wanted a horse that was sound but not on the market to ensure we got the best possible horse.
“Our form guy spent months looking at French form on the internet before he went over and watched the horses closely and he has found us a very talented horse.”
They won their debut down under at Morphettville Parks over 1400m in February before failing to step up to the 1800m next start when finishing sixth to Rock Culture at the end of that month.
Given a lengthy five and a half month spell to recover and settle in Sysmo came back on August 11 running in Melbourne for the first time.
While they didn’t finish in the money they did run a credible fifth to Shanghai Warrior in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) on the Slow-rated course at Flemington.
McEvoy and connections made the decision this week to pay the late entry fee for Sysmo in the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival major to run on Saturday October 20.
They are also nominated for the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 6 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, and the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back in Melbourne on October 27.
Originally the untapped staying type was dually accepted for across two states this Saturday, including in the $120,000 Listed Slickpix Stakes (1700m) at Caulfield as the first emergency.
McEvoy however has decided to give another Melbourne run a miss at this stage and give them a chance to get their ratings up with a win over the Morphettville mile in the $34,000 Centrebet Handicap (1600m) where they will jump the favourite.
“We couldn’t really justify taking him away from home on the float if he wasn’t sure to get a run so we made the call early to keep him here to run at Morphettville,” McEvoy said.
“It’s a very winnable race for him but the most important thing is he gets his rating up with a win.
“We started this process a long time ago when we decided to look for an imported horse and it is crucial he gets his rating up if he is to get into the qualifying races for the Cups.”
Sysmo is currently odds-on in the Morphettville Race 7 betting markets at bookmaker.com.au paying $1.80, their biggest threats looking to be the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Prussian Storm ($8) and fellow six-year-old Mahmentum ($9).
In the future Caulfield Cup odds meanwhile Sysmo is only rated a $61 chance.
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