After a Seymour Cup win earlier this prep the Tony McEvoy-trained Sysmo will close their spring campaign in Sydney this Saturday running in the ATC Cup 2013.
The imported My Risk four-year-old has been in good form this season, their three run campaign including a tidy win over Proverb in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) back on October 20.
That was their third win down under since joining McEvoy’s Angaston-based stables having started out in France where they won one of their three starts with an impressive five length mile win back in August of 2011.
Most recently the gelding ran third to Post D’France in a Flemington mile race on November 9, Emirates Stakes Day, when carrying 58kg.
They head to Sydney this weekend then for the first time since April where they’ll look to finish up the season with a victory in the $100,000 Listed ATC Cup (2000m) when ridden by James McDonald.
Third to Quintessential in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2100m) in the mud at Eagle Farm during the winter, Sysmo hasn’t raced over further than 1600m since.
The extra distance and their nice end-of-prep form will both work to their advantage in the ATC Cup, nominations for which have been extended due to a system failure at RISA this week.
If all goes to plan and Sysmo produces a nice ATC Cup win, McEvoy will begin planning an ambitious autumn return for the progressive staying type.
“His record could be a lot better than it is but there hasn’t been one day where I’ve been disappointed with him,” he said.
The trainer also has Group 1 targets on the agenda for stablemate Mouro, recent winner of the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), and believes Sysmo isn’t far off them class wise.
“I don’t think there’s much between him and Mouro, to be honest,” he told AAP.
“Their race records would say there is, but my knowledge of them is that they are very similar.
“So I want to give him (Sysmo) a chance in some nice races from 2000 metres to 2400 metres in the autumn.
“Where they will be I’m not sure yet.”
While autumn targets for Sysmo are still being discussed McEvoy plans to target Grand Slam four-year-old Mouro, who also won the Sale Cup this time in, at the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 19.
Races.com.au will publish the nominations and then the final fields for the three Listed Rosehill races this Saturday as soon as they are available.
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