After a disappointing last start eighth in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1550m) the Tony McEvoy-trained Sysmo is out to improve when they step up in distance for the 2013 Summer Cup this Thursday.
The headline event of the Boxing Day races taking place around the country, the field for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) is down to a dozen after Desleigh Forster withdrew Poste Restante early.
Of those left the big name entries look to be Gai Waterhouse’s ATC Cup winning Travolta with the 59kg top weight and the Chris Waller-trained Hoylonny coming off a third to Permit in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) from December 14.
Four-year-old My Risk gelding Sysmo meanwhile comes off a below par effort at that same meeting when beaten three and a half lengths running eighth to ninth Legion in the Villiers.
Before that they were in top form running top three in their three October – November runs including a victory in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) over Proverb.
Their run after that at Flemington was a third to Post D’France, a hoof abscess stopping them from finishing better that day.
That set back, the lost work and a change of plans all contributed to their Villiers Stakes failure which their Hawkesbury-based trainer McEvoy is confident they can recover from.
McEvoy is also hoping a step up to 2000m for the Summer Cup will be the key to unlocking the French import’s potential this season.
“He’s come through the Villiers really well. The mile is not ideal for him and I’m looking forward to getting him back to 2000 metres,” he told AAP this week.
“I think that allows him to be seen at his best.”
Having been racing down under since February last year, the galloper first went up to the distance for the Listed JRA Plate at Randwick back in April.
Their efforts there though were hampered by the track conditions when they failed to let down on the heavy (10) course to run sixth to Kelinni.
After that they ran over 2100m in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap in Brisbane but again they encountered a mud track, Eagle Farm rated a heavy (9) that day, making their third to Quintessential when beaten just one and a quarter lengths a brave one.
While their longest distanced win to date has been only at a mile, McEvoy is confident he’ll appreciate the 2000m this week and atone for those runs ruined by rain earlier in the year.
All going to plan and Sysmo could be Tasmania-bound for a shot at the $225,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 9.
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